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Why Mud Season Is Secretly the Best

Wikipedia’s definition of Mud Season is “a term used to denote a time period in late winter and early spring. The name comes from dirt paths such as roads and hiking trails which become muddy from melting snow and rain.” For those of you who either live in Crested Butte year round, or those who have traveled here during the mud season, you know that it can be frustrating when all you want to do is go running, mountain biking or hiking. But mud season also has its advantages.

Although the springtime does mean muddy trails, it also means longer days. After the short days and...

The 2016-17 Winter Season with CBMR Athlete Rob Vandervoort

*After an unbelievable winter season, let's catch up with Crested Butte Mountain Resort Athlete, Rob Vandervoort, as he reveals some of the ups and downs of his 2016-17 season.


I always have a funny feeling when I leave Crested Butte in a snowstorm.

This was exactly the case on January 6, 2017, as I struggled to depart for the Freeride World Qualifier 4* competition at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Crested Butte was in the middle of snowmageddon¸ and I quickly learned that Crested Butte was being overwhelmed by feet upon feet of snow; the kind of storm that...

Our 10 Favorite Instagram Posts

There are so many reasons that make this place distinctly Crested Butte. We invite you to share your photos using #onlyincrestedbutte for your chance to be featured. Below are our top 10 favorite Instagram posts from this winter season!


The 2016/2017 Season by the Numbers

It’s been a winter to remember, one that will go down in Crested Buttian history ranking alongside the legendary 2007-08 season!

CBMR was open 137 days
We received 324 total inches of snow
January 2017 received 136 total inches of snow. That’s over 11 FEET!

January 2017 was the snowiest January in history. The resort shut down due to too much snow and for almost 24 hours #burythebutte was trending nationally on Twitter. Ski Patrol worked their tails off to maintain terrain and drop rope lines as quickly as possible this entire season.

Thank you Ski Patrol,...

The Essentials for Pond Skimming

I’m excited about this weekend’s LandShark Pond Skim! Hopefully, Mother Nature will provide a beautiful day to help cap off an outstanding season of skiing!

As a first-timer, I’ve been thinking about how fun and technique will come together at the pond skim. 

This is what I’m planning on:

1)    An Excellent Costume 
You know you have one! Get silly, get political, anything goes just as long as you’re having fun! If you go for a swim, a light-weight costume will make the struggle to get out of the pond a little easier. Odds are, I’ll go for a swim, so I’ll have...

This Week in the Butte

We can’t believe it but we’re now reaching the end of the 2016/2017 Season. We headed into closing weekend here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and that means it’s time to party. Pack a bag, load up the car and head to CB for a chance to go out with a splash! 

LandShark Pond Skim | April 8

The end of ski season is another excuse to celebrate, dress up in silly costumes and have wacky events, like the LandShark Pond Skim, where contestants skim across water on their skis and snowboards. The male and female...

Preventing Injuries by Dr. Elfenbein

When the snow is falling and the mountains are calling, what can you do to protect yourself from ski and snowboard injuries? The answer is plenty - both physical and mental preparation for the slopes is key. Whether it is resort, backcountry, or cross-country riding that gets you jazzed, the right preparation can make all the difference.

Start by taking stock of your fitness level. If you haven't gotten off the couch since last fall, then pre-season fitness training will help strengthen the legs, improve your aerobic capacity, and allow you to enjoy your sport more. If it is too...

This Week in the Butte

March decided to come in like a lamb and out like a lion with over 7 inches of new snow this morning, winter has returned. OpenSnow is predicting more snow through the weekend. With a plethora of great events as well as great skiing and riding, you won’t want to miss this weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. 

Ten Peaks Sunset Soiree | March 28

Enjoy longer days and the beautiful views from the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks during our Sunset Soirees happening over three Tuesdays this March....

Dear Gunnison Valley Skiers and Riders,

I just wanted to reach out to you all as we approach the end of what has truly been a season to remember. Nearly 25’ of snow to date and open wall to wall, top to bottom for the first time since putting Teo II in the mix a few years ago. As we roll into the spring season, I wanted to help inform you of some of the challenges that the patrol faces with managing terrain on the mountain and dispel any unfounded rumors out there.

 As evidenced by the rapidly diminishing snowbanks in town and the re-emergence of long buried bikes/ cars/ kids toys etc., it has been unseasonably warm the...

New 3 Day Pass for $129

Spring into savings with the 3 For All Pass, just $129 now through April 9, 2017. Pass is valid for three days of skiing or riding between April 1 – 9 or November 23 – December 15, 2017.

Valid for ages 13 and up. Limit one pass of any type per person per season. Non-transferable and non-refundable. Subject to 4% tax.


This Week in the Butte

Spring is in full swing, making it an awesome time to visit Colorado’s last great ski town! Great weather, more snow on the way and fantastic events make now a great time to get to Crested Butte. Bring the whole family out for Town Series Race this Wednesday or cheer on your favorite athlete as they take on the infamous Grand Traverse! 

Ten Peaks Sunset Soiree | March 21 

Enjoy longer days and the beautiful views from the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks during our Sunset Soirees happening over three...

Concussions 101

The occurrence of concussions in isolation or in combination with other injury such as a ski accident can be overlooked and neglected. A concussion is the result of the brain impacting, twisting, stretching and or bouncing off the skull from impact. This impact and stress distorts the brain cells and disrupts normal functioning in multiple ways. There is cellular chemical imbalance that results leading to disruption of oxygenation and nutrition in both baseline function as well as increased demand from the injury and need to heal. This imbalance leads to signs and symptoms of a concussion...

This Week in the Butte

The sun is out and Spring Break is in full swing here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Paradise awaits as sunny, bluebird skies are expected through the weekend. Take in the breathtaking views, slab on the sunscreen and be sure to enjoy this week’s events! 

Ten Peaks Sunset Soiree | March 14  

Enjoy longer days and the beautiful views from the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks during our Sunset Soirees happening over three Tuesdays this March. Take a sleigh ride to the top of Ten Peaks for a delicious...

5 Helpful Hints for Acclimatization from Griggs Orthopedics

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Crested Butte with dreams of steep terrain, but it can take our bodies a little longer to acclimatize than our minds would like. Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a concern for individuals that move rapidly from low elevations to above 8000ft, though it has been shown to occur as low as 6000ft. The town of Crested Butte sits at 8885ft, making AMS a health consideration for many visitors traveling from lower elevations, especially those at or near sea-level. But don’t fear, with a little planning and preparation you can make sure...

This Week in the Butte

After a blustery start to the week, warm temperatures and the sun are expected to return on Wednesday. Great weather sets the perfect backdrop to this week’s events including competitions and après parties. With just over a month left in the 2017/2018 Season you won’t want to miss this week at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. 

Alpine Orthopaedics Town Race Series | March 8

Join Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Alpine Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Clinic for the free Town Race...

Welcome to Crested Butte by CBMR Athlete Ashley Bembenek

Later this week, my family is coming to visit! Even though they’re only a few hours away and visit regularly, I can’t wait to show them how the mountain looks this year under a thick blanket of snow.

I love hosting visitors in Crested Butte. It’s a joy to share our incredible mountain and our unique town. In fact, I’m that eager local on the chairlift that gives more recommendations than you could possibly remember. So I’ve decided to write up a few of my favorite recommendations!

For beginners or kids: I love the Painter Boy Lift. This area, accessed from the middle of the...

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. 


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...

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...