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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,...