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In the winter, Crested Butte Mountain Resort as well as the town of Crested Butte offer various options to get your pedal fix in by fat biking. These goofy looking bicycles are equipped with tires that can exceed 3.5 inches in diameter. Combine that with some low tire pressure and your new winter mode of transportation is still on two wheels!
At the resort, we allow fat bike trail access during both early and late ski season. Resort bike access is only allowed before and after the resort operating hours of 9 am to 4 pm. Guests will need to stop by the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square to review the biking policy, sign a waiver and receive a sticker for their pass. Bikers will be tested with a grueling uphill climb, but once summited, the trails are all hard pack, fast and crunchy.
After you’ve spent the early part of winter training your legs and your lungs, why not put your metal to the test by entering the Annual Fat Bike World Championships? Race as an individual, or as a team. The race is located three miles past Mt. Crested Butte on some of the most scenic trails in the entire valley. Included with your registration is a commemorative race bib, event cup, free beer, burgers and brats, plus tons of prizes and giveaways! Feel the burn and register at www.cbfatbikeworlds.com.
The Town of Crested Butte also has a variety of winter bike trails to explore. Most Nordic trails in town prohibit winter biking. Town Ranch, Riverbend Trails, North Village Trails and the Recreation Path are a few exceptions. For access to these trails, users will need to purchase a pass from the Nordic Center for $5 for the day or $40 for the year.
For information regarding free fat bike trails in the valley visit the Crested Butte Mountain Biking Association.