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An Introduction to the Grand Traverse

An Introduction to the Grand Traverse

Last year was my first full year learning how to ski. After moving from Washington State I recall my first day on Mount Crested Butte – sliding down mellow Houston in alpine boots and E84 Rossignol skis with legs hunched in like a slice of pizza. A week later I tried my first blue run and did the splits in Paradise Bowl. And for months following I managed to turn through powder-filled bumps on Resurrection, slide down Headwall, ski the North Face, hike up Crested Butte mountain to ski off the peak, and skin up Mount Emmons to ski the bowl.

This is why my brother Cyrus and I moved...

This Week in the Butte January 29 2018

This Week in the Butte January 29 2018

January is closing out with a bang! Join us for the final gO Skimo Race or the Full Moon Party and experience a whole new side of the mountain. The end of the week is also stacked with awesome events including live music, bluegrass and bloodys, and drink and appetizer specials for the Big Game on Sunday! 

Women's Tips on Tuesday's I January 30
Come ski with like-minded women to get some ski tips, followed by tipping a glass of wine at our Umbrella Bar. This is a women’s specific session, which is...

Fat bike leaning up on wooden chairs with peak in background

Activity Highlight: Fat Biking

Crested Butte has long been known as a mountain biking capital of the United States – similar to Moab, UT, and Marin County, CA – but the two-wheeled fun doesn’t stop in the winter. As the snow piles up and the temperatures drop, over 40 miles of fat bike trails are “groomed” courtesy of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, Crested Butte Nordic Center and other local affiliates.

Fat bikes are the funny looking mountain bikes that are equipped with tires that can exceed 3.5 inches in diameter. The wide tires combined with very low tire pressure (sub-10 PSI) allow for traction...

Why gO Up?

We've all heard the sayings 'what goes up must come down' and 'earn your turns' and heck even the latest from the CBMR Ski Patrol: 'skimo is neither'. However you slice it, ski mountaineering, or skimo for short, is gaining in popularity and we can't thank CBMR enough for their support in allowing us the pleasure of participating in one of the slowest sports on the planet—as oxymoronic as that may sound, it really is quite fun.

So let's talk about the facts. Newton's laws pertain to just about anything that defies the laws of gravity; therefore, to skin uphill requires you to also...

This Week In the Butte January 22 2018

This Week In the Butte January 22 2018

This is a great week and the events highlight what a unique place Crested Butte is! Join us for the gO SkiMo race series, Borealis Fat Bike World Championships, and a Heritage Museum retro movie showing – have a great time, get outside, and dress up! 

Women’s Tips on Tuesdays I January 24
Come ski with like-minded women every Tuesday to get some ski tips, followed by tipping a glass of wine at our Umbrella Bar. This is a women’s specific session and is guided by our top women pros. Sessions will go...

How to Combine Football and Riding

Don’t you hate having to leave the slopes early to watch your favorite team in the big game, or getting dragged off the hill because the rest of the gang wants to? This guide will solve that problem, giving you details on how and where to watch the game without leaving the mountain.

The First Half [of the day]
For the early morning games, I like to spin a few laps on fresh corduroy first thing, and then head to Paradise on Crested Butte for an early lunch. My go to combo is hitting the salad bar and grabbing a basket of fries before bellying up to the bar for...

Terrain Park Update Twister Park

Terrain Park Update

Whatever your level of park riding is, Crested Butte has something for you. This season check out five parks located throughout the mountain including the brand new Lower Twister Terrain Park. 

Ten Peaks Progression Park

The Ten Peaks Progression Park is designed to offer the most user friendly features in our terrain parks. It is accessed from the Painter Boy, Gold Link and Prospect lifts. If you are just getting started, you will have small, simple features to learn on. Move over 20 feet and the next level is there for you. Ten Peaks Progression Park jumps...

gO Orthopedics SkiMo Series

After a long day at the office, there isn’t anything better than some fresh air and a cold beverage to cap off your day. Now picture yourself under the stars (or big, white snowflakes), making your way up the divinely groomed trails of Crested Butte Mountain Resort with skins on your skis (or split board), and nothing but your headlamp lighting the way up the mountain where a fresh beer and some delicious food awaits you at the finish; doesn’t that sound like a dream?

gO Orthopedics and Crested Butte Mountain Resort are making this dream a reality with the free gO SkiMo Series...

This Week In the Butte - January 15, 2018

This Week In the Butte - January 15, 2018

Looking to try a new adventure or increase your on-mountain skills? This week you can pull out the stops and test your limits with some fun races and lessons. Afterwards – relax with live music and après! 

Wednesdays with Wendy I January 17
Yes, you can ski with an Olympian! Wendy Fisher, local Olympian and freeskiing expert is again hosting her Wednesday ski clinics at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. You don’t have to ski like an Olympian to ski with and learn from one. 


Employee Ski Patrol

Ski Patrol Extreme Terrain Update

The snow that Crested Butte recently received has certainly been a welcome sight! Amazing what a difference a foot of snow can make for skiing at the resort on our open trails. Mountain operations crews have been hard at work to keep the snow groomed, remove the snowmaking apparatuses  (BIG kudos to the snowmaking department for getting the mountain up and running. We are incredibly lucky to have the crew we do, as many resorts are not as fortunate to have the knowledge, skill and dedication that we have here at CBMR), open additional lifts, and drop ropes on new runs as conditions allow....

This week in the Butte - January 8 2017

This Week In the Butte - January 8 2018

This Week In The Butte

January is off to a great start! Fresh powder, gorgeous days, and killer events around the town and mountain. From the first of the local gO Skomo racing series to country super star Toby Keith headlining the Mountain High Music Festival – you’ll have plenty to keep you busy after a great day of skiing.

gO Ski Mountaineering Race I January 10
Presented by Griggs Orthopedics, the gO Ski Mountaineering races are FREE and feature a new course each week with...

Activity Highlight: Cross Country Skiing

Crested Butte has a well-earned reputation for being the “Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado”. For a break from the vertical adrenaline rush at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, swapping out the alpine skis for cross country skis is a natural progression. Your heart may beat just as fast, but instead from a peaceful and aerobic workout.

Crested Butte Nordic grooms 55 kilometers of trails for classic and skate skiing that wind around the picturesque open valleys and through aspen groves and pine forests. Whether you have never cross...


10 Crested Buttian New Year’s Resolutions

After reflecting on a great 2017, we put together our top 10 goals to accomplish in 2018! 

1. Get First Chair (at least once)
Get up early, quickly eat breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and head straight for the lift. It’s worth the early morning to ski or ride untouched powder at least once! It’s even easier if you sign up for our First Tracks program. 

2. Take Care of Your Equipment (and meet Solveig)
We all know that skiing and riding takes a toll on your equipment....

This week in the Butte

This Week In the Butte - January 1 2018

Start the new year right by checking out these awesome events! From live music to a community donation day, there are plenty of activities to kick off the new year. 

Stocks & Soups I January 4
Perfect for the cold winter months, get hands on experience using leftover cuts of meat and vegetables to make stocks ready to implement in a variety of recipes. Reduce kitchen waste by using throwaways, avoid MSG and other additives found...

Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

This Week in the Butte

It’s starting to feel a bit like the classic movie “Groundhog Day” around here. Fitting since the beloved holiday is this Thursday! Every day Crested Buttians eat, sleep, ski and repeat. Break up your day and start February off right with these great events! 

IFSA Junior Regional Freeskiing Competition | February 4 -5 

The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association was established in 1996 by freeskiing pioneer Shane McConkey. The Junior Big Mountain Freeskiing and...

Crested Butte Crested Butte Banked Slalom with CBMR Athlete Rob Vandervoort

Crested Butte Banked Slalom with CBMR Athlete Rob Vandervoort

In Celebration of World Snowboard Day, Crested Butte Mountain Resort held its first ever Banked Slalom on Sunday, January 22, 2017. A banked slalom is a classic snowboarding race that features ‘banked’ turns around gates. It is a pure snowboarding event.

The course started at the top of the Cascade Terrain Park, off the Gold Link and Painter Boy lifts, and covered nearly 500 vertical feet in just over 30 turns. It had a section in the middle, dubbed “the Squeeze” by local legend Gareth Van Dyke, where the banks were exceedingly close and fast. There was another section about 2/3’s...

Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

This Week in the Butte

Crested Buttians love the outdoors and multisport days! This week offers the best of our favorite activities; skiing, snowboarding, uphill skinning, fat biking, dancing, arm wrestling and partying in GORE-TEX. Bring your friends to the Butte this week and enjoy great snow and great events!

gO SkiMo Race Series | January 25

gO Ski Mountaineering races are free and feature a new course each week with free food, raffle prizes and free beer after each race thanks to Griggs Orthopedics. Race...

Crested Butte Just Go Skiing with CBMR Athlete Mark Mikos

Just Go Skiing with CBMR Athlete Mark Mikos

I am a skier. I do not have memories of learning how to ski. Like walking, I learned to ski before I could hold onto memories, and just like walking, skiing is just a basic part of life. If there is snow, you go skiing, and that will put a smile on your face. At times in my life I forgot that skiing is just like walking: just a part of life. I would try to make it something else, I’m not sure what, but I would overthink, over-train, and over-ski. This would lead to frustration and disappointment. Not that I don’t take skiing seriously anymore, but at times I would elevate skiing to such a...

Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

This Week in the Butte

After snowmageddon I’m sure we could all use a break from shoveling and then more shoveling. Lucky for you Crested Butte Mountain Resort has great events in store for you this week. Including our first CB Unplugged Concert featuring Kyle Park! Get your fill of great music and friendly competition in before the snow returns. 

gO SkiMo Race Series | January 18

Presented by Griggs Orthopedics, these mountaineering races are free and feature a new course each week with free food, raffle prizes and free beer...

Crested Butte Snowmageddon with CBMR Athlete Rob Dickinson

Snowmageddon with CBMR Athlete Rob Dickinson

Whoever started the hashtag #burythebutte surely had no idea how prophetic it would become.

The Butte hath been buried. 

Work.  Ski.  Shovel.  Sleep.  Repeat.  This is my life lately, and I am tired and sore and happy beyond words. 

I have lived in snow country of some sort my whole life, and nearly every vacation I have been on of my own doing has been to some other snowy locale.  At 13 I slept out in a tent in my parents’ backyard in the Blizzard of ’93 in the Northeast; I’ve been in Haines, Alaska in all-time pow; I’ve had my Heli grounded by snow in Golden, BC, and...

Crested Butte #buriedthebutte


Yesterday will go down in resort history as the day we officially buried the Butte. Some reports say Crested Butte received an inch an hour, other reports claim 3 inches an hour. We just know it snowed A LOT. We want to thank you for your positive support and enthusiasm! Our Ski Patrol and Mountain Ops teams are dedicated to opening as much terrain as possible as quickly as possible. However, expect delayed openings across the mountain. Be sure to check the lift status page for up to date information and stay safe out there!


Crested Butte Griggs Orthopedics Loves to gO Uphill at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Griggs Orthopedics Loves to gO Uphill at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Heavy snow, gusting winds and zero visibility didn’t stop the 15 plus racers clad in both spandex one-pieces and regular old ski gear, who came out for the first Town Series Ski Mountaineering Race hosted by Griggs Orthopedics (gO) this past Wednesday evening at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Tired ski patrollers, (who had been in their ski boots since 6:00 am that morning) and cold event staff, were spread across the 2.5 lap race course, making sure racers would be safe during the chilling, blizzard conditions. 

The course started at the base of Red Lady Lift, following the steep...

Crested Butte It Just Keeps Getting Deeper

It Just Keeps Getting Deeper

This week’s storm has us absolutely tickled with childlike joy. The skiing and riding has been all time here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and it’s still dumping. This morning we saw 3 inches on the Gore-TEX PowCam at 5 am, and as of 9 am there are 8 inches.

Plus, it’s still dumping! Expect fresh track all morning long because this storm is supposed to ramp up again beginning at noon today. 
If you can’t join us today, we’ve added some our favorite eye candy from this storm to the gallery below.

Now let’s go ski! 

Crested Butte This Week at the Butte

This Week at the Butte

This Week at the Butte

Wow! What an awesome week it has been! Mother Nature has decided to give us on of the best Decembers in recent memory by delivering 10 Feet of snow by the New Year! With this storm track that keeps on refilling our slopes, we could see up to 30 inches of new snow by Friday. In addition to all this wonderful white stuff, we have a few happenings to keep on your radar.

gO Skimo Mountaineering Series – January 4 at 5 pm


Crested Butte In Bed At Nine- Guest Blog Post from Justin McHeffey

In Bed At Nine- Guest Blog Post from Justin McHeffey

Hello Crested Butte! This is Meteorologist Justin McHeffey from CBS4 News in Denver. I'll break down how much we can expect from this weekend's storm and I have some good news—it may be the heaviest snow we've seen in the 'Butte this month!

Lots of ingredients are coming together for a 24–36 hour storm. Right now it looks like the Elk and West Elk Mountains will benefit from the most snow out of this system. So far this January, the highest total in a single storm cycle happened on the 20th of this month—we recorded 8" at mid-mountain. By Sunday evening (January 31) we may have over...