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This Week in the Butte

Winter returns this week with up to two feet of new snow expected to fall by Tuesday night. After this storm rolls through sunshine and blue skies will make for the perfect backdrop to this week’s events! 

Mardi Gras | March 28

Join us downtown for the Mardi Gras parade at 5 pm! Check out the Crested Butte Mountain Resort float in your best purple, green and yellow! Then rock out to Black Ice Drive at at 6:30 at the Eldo. 

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You’re a Snow Reporter, so What Does That Mean?

A lot rides on our Snow Reporter’s ability to get to the mountain two hours before sunrise. Let me explain…

On days I snow report, the alarm is set for 4:02 am. The buzzer barely goes off, and I’m up and rushing. This is the one job I absolutely can not be late for. The mountain relies on me, the community relies on me and everyone who loves Crested Butte relies on me to get there right at 5 am. In order to get the good word out the report must be filed and published to the website by 5:30 am. I know what you’re thinking, “Can’t you just look at the PowCam to see how much snow we’ve...

This Week in the Butte

Welcome to another week in paradise. With 1,547 acres of open terrain there’s plenty of options to ski, ride or snow bike! We are currently 173% of our average base depth. Plus, we have great events coming up this week! 

Prater Cup | February 23 – 26

Crested Butte’s marquee annual youth ski race will bring 250 of Colorado’s top 12 and 13 year old alpine ski racers to Crested Butte. The Prater Cup is always a blast for competitors, their families and fans alike. Look for some high speed skiing and tons of fun...

Home by CBMR Athlete Francesca Pavillard-Cain

Regardless of where I travel, ski, or live, Crested Butte is always home. This rings true for everyone in my family. This past week my father, Jean Pavillard, joined me in Crested Butte to enjoy the epic snow. It really got me thinking. My father has traveled and lived in countless countries and towns, but Crested Butte is still home. It is the place that when he comes back, it feels like no time has passed.

I always assumed that my sincere love and comfort in Crested Butte was because I grew up here, but learning that my father feels the same way shows that anyone can make Crested...

This Week in the Butte

Sunshine returns after a storm cycle that deposited almost three FEET of snow. Temperatures were warm but the skiing and riding was super fun! Soak up the sun (and the sunscreen) while you enjoy the great events going on in the Butte this week. Plus, love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing a chair at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! 

Valentine’s Day at WoodStone | February 14

Take your someone special on a Valentine's date that's sure to delight! Enjoy a special Valentine's...

Crested Butte, A Mountain For All Skiers by CBMR Athlete Mark Mikos

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a mountain for skiers, snowboarders, and lovers of sliding on snow. It’s not just for extreme skiers, not just for beginner skiers, but for all skiers and riders; especially for those who want to learn and progress or a variety of terrain choices.

The mountain is a large hunk of granite sitting on top of a bed of shale. The granite was glacially carved into stunningly steep bowls and jagged ridges giving the mountain its iconic look as well as a plethora of varying terrain. Intermediate terrain extends up into the middle of numerous bowls, while...

This Week in the Butte

February is competition season which means there are incredible athletes joining us for a multitude of competitive events. Be sure to get inspired and watch as athletes take on the extremes as well as the park. Crested Butte makes for the perfect venue for athletes and spectators alike! 

Freeride World Qualifiers | February 10 – 12 

Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association will host a 4 Star Qualifying event in...

The Last Run by Rhett Griggs, M.D.

One of the most common sayings said in the ski area clinic is, "it was my last run". Their ski season is usually over or delayed at the best and the injury list that produces this frank statement is extensive. 2017 is pleasantly exceeding our predictions and expectations for locals and visitors alike. The energy is high and as the snow keeps falling, the desire to be at CBMR shredding is prominent. Keeping in mind a few tips can help keep the ski area clinic and a trip to Griggs Orthopedics (gO) at bay.

Being prepared for the season, or ski vacation is extremely important. Physical...

Will Dujardin: Coaching the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team

Coaching the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team (CBMST) and Passing on the Crested Butte Freeride Tradition

When I moved to Crested Butte almost 8 years ago, I didn’t see this coming, but I guess it doesn’t surprise me.  After competing on the Freeskiing World Tour with sporadic success for 2 years, I started coaching the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team (CBMST) with the then head coach of the Freeride team, Woody Lindenmeyr.  I kept competing through the transmutations of names from the FWT (Freeskiing World Tour), to the other FWT (Freeride World Tour) FWQ (...

Local's Guide to Spring Skiing in Crested Butte

Has anyone else noticed that it’s staying sunnier, longer?  I started noticing a couple weeks ago, as the sun was still shining above the mountain tops as I headed home from work.  For many, spring skiing is an all-time favorite—complete with snowstorms and warm, bluebird days.  But there’s definitely some significant differences on the slopes in the spring time, compared to mid-winter skiing.  So let’s get you well versed on spring skiing in Crested Butte so you can make the most of those bluebird days on the hill.

Find the Sunshine

In the spring,...

Scot Chrisman: A Day in the Life

Crested Butte Mountain Resort athlete, Scot Chrisman, gave us a peek into his day-to-day on the slopes.  Scot grew up in the world of ski racing, starting out with the Lake Eldora Race Team at 6 years old.  Scot has traveled the globe with his skis as his guide, ranked in notable competitions around the nation, and has presently planted his poles in Crested Butte, CO.  His favorite run here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort?  "I love doing Headwall to Keystone Ridge to Horseshoe Springs (Mine Shaft) to Mineral Point Trees to the Jib Park.  It's a huge top to bottom lap that has tons of...

5 Ways to Maximize Your Trip to Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Plan Ahead

Don’t kill that first day vibe by having to wait in line to get lift tickets, rentals or lessons.  If you’re able, head over to the Adventure Center and Lift Ticket office located in Mountaineer Square the night before your first day out (the Adventure Center closes at 5pm daily).  Reserve your rentals in advance to not only save money, but save you time (the Crested Butte Rental and Demo Center closes at 5:30pm daily)!  Just click here to get started on...

Stevie Kremer: A Day in the Life of a Snow Reporter, Teacher + Pro Athlete

Stevie Kremer is a Crested Butte Mountain Resort snow reporter, athlete and local grade school teacher.  In the summers you can find Stevie competing locally and internationally as a professional trail runner, while in the winters she competes in ski-mountaineering.

You think getting exercise in can be tough, try fitting it in after two jobs, starting at 4:30 am…

Ok, not 4:30 am, but rather, 4:32 am, when that lovely buzzer goes off letting you know it’s time to begin a day in the life of...

Love in the Mountains

In a world where picking up a phone and actually calling someone to ask them out on a date is a distant memory for folks that grew up before the advent of texting, falling in love seems to be a much different process than it used to be.

Gone are the days of sweaty palms clutching the phone, anxiously praying that the person on the other end of the ringing won’t answer so you can leave a perfectly aloof, yet charming voicemail.  The days you could still pretend that the voicemail was somehow lost in the digital jargon, explaining why they never called back.  Now we send texts, and...

Brian Smith: Mid-Season Check in, Ski Mountaineering

The 2015/16 ski season was slow to get going but has turned out to be a stellar one.  With the limited snow pack early, skinning on Crested Butte Mountain was the only good training in November and December.  The snow level was so low in fact that the COSMIC ski mountaineering event at Irwin was cancelled.  The event was substituted with the Sunday Salvage race on Crested Butte Mountain.  2800 feet of suffering and good times were had Sunday morning.  The head of the men's race had a tight battle between myself and Jon Brown.  There were no more than 20 seconds or so between us all race.  ...

What 30" of snow from one storm looks like

Last week we received a little gift from Ullr, with 30” of that wonderful, pillowy powder to sink our skis and boards into (the photo to the left shows what we got in 1 day!).   Justin McHeffey, a meteorologist from CBS4 News Denver gave us the scientific run down of what the storm could bring—and boy, did it deliver.  If you weren’t lucky enough to be here for it, don’t fret, the resort is skiing great because of it, and powder stashes can still be found, so now is a great time to get up here...

Powder Alliance Benefits

With 13 mountains in 9 states and one Canadian Territory the Powder Alliance is an excellent ski pass bonus. The benefit gives season pass holders 36 free tickets. I managed to take advantage of a few of my free days at Snowbasin and Bridger Bowl.

Snowbasin is only 8 hours away from Crested Butte, and only an hour out of Salt Lake. It’s a great ski area. They have two gondolas, a tram, and five other chairs accessing 3,000 vertical feet of steep, consistent terrain. The top of the resort is capped by a few peaks of granite, surrounded by tight chutes and big cliffs. Leftover powder...

February Bucket List

We’re in it, folks!  And February is promising to be a busy month.  If you’re looking for events to fill your calendar with, have a peek below for the February Bucket list, then get yourself to the mountain!

Live Music at Butte 66 – Friday + Saturday, Starting at 3:30pm

Every Friday and Saturday there will be live and local music at Butte 66!  This is a great way to wrap up your day on the hill and kick off the weekend.  The party starts here folks, so make sure you check it out!

Ski Patrol Attitude Adjustment Party – February 5,...