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A Novice's Experience: CBMR's Uphill Daytime Route

A Novice's Experience: CBMR's Uphill Daytime Route

I have been on the hunt for unique on-mountain experiences since I moved to Crested Butte. After doing some research, I found out that Daytime Uphill Routes are not common at a lot of ski areas and I wanted to see what CBMR’s was all about. An Uphill Route is a path you can skin or snowshoe on the mountain during the day (it is counter intuitive since there are lifts running that will swiftly take you to the top). But I decided to strap on my snowshoes and complete the Uphill Daytime Route to experience the exhilaration of something new!

First the disclaimers:

1. I am not in...

Full Moon Party

This Week In the Butte February 26 2018

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is rounding out February and entering March with several exciting events. Experience a full moon on the mountain with the Full Moon Party, watch talented riders and skiers at the Boardercross competition and check out CRAFTED the winter food and drink experience! 

Women's Tips on Tuesdays I February 27
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 guided by our...

Avy Dog

Behind the Scenes: Life of an Avy Dog


Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an Avalanche Dog is like? We caught up with one of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s fully trained Avalanche dogs, Guinness and his handler, Bill. Guinness is two year old chocolate Labrador retriever who works at Crested Butte Mountain Resort but, just like humans, he doesn’t work 24/7. While he’s not working, he’s a well-loved family pet. 

Guinness’s training starts with obedience training and playing tug a war, which they call ragging. This quickly became one of the most fun things in the world to him. Once that happened,...

Young Ski Racers Descend Upon Crested Butte for the 34th Annual Prater Cup

Words by CBMR Athlete, Ashley Bembenek.

This weekend young ski racers from all over Colorado will come to Crested Butte to race in the Prater Cup. The race typically brings a few things- first and foremost snow! It seems that wherever race departments set up miles of B-netting (orange safety fencing used to intercept racers if they crash), the skies open and the snow falls. Fingers-crossed, this week’s forecast looks promising for some fresh snow!

Second, the Prater Cup brings back fond memories of growing up as a ski racer. As a kid, I spent my evenings and weekends...

This Week In the Butte February 19 2018

This Week In the Butte February 19 2018

This week is all about the need for speed and unique adventure. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is excited to host the Prater Cup Speed Camp and Prater Cup. Plus, reserve your spot at the always adventurous Wednesday’s with Wendy or the Gothic Mountain Tour. 

Prater Cup Speed Camp I February 19 - 21
This camp is designed as a 3 day speed progression for CBMST and U14 athletes. It is intended to progress athletes by familiarizing them with speed elements such as jumping, gliding, speed adaption,...

bury the butte


Here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort we are celebrating every storm that drops 6 or more inches this winter in our quest to #burythebutte! 

The celebration starts with free #burythebutte hats to the first 20 skiers in line at the Silver Queen Express! We are also giving away CBMR stickers to people in line on those snowy days! Look for additional #burythebutte promotions throughout the winter season! 

You can help spread the stoke by sharing photos, buying a friend a coffee or beer, or offering a friendly smile to your fellow powder hounds. 

We are grateful for powder...

The Perfect Couple's Retreat to Crested Butte

The Perfect Couple's Retreat to Crested Butte

The landscapes in Crested Butte are breath-taking and can be extra special when enjoying a romantic day with your significant other. Whether you like to get outside and adventure or snuggle up in a cozy historical cabin (or both!) this list will give some inspiration for planning the perfect date to take someone's breath away. 

There's nothing better than being outside and soaking in all the beauty around Crested Butte except to experience that beauty together. The giant snowcapped mountains will make you feel small, yet closer than ever. Spending a day skiing Crested Butte Mountain...

This Week In the Butte February 12 2018

This Week In the Butte February 12 2018

Don't miss several must attend events this week. From Wednesday's with Wendy to the 36th Annual Attitude Adjustment Party hosted by CBMR Ski Patrol (this is a must do) - you can keep busy on and off the mountian all week! 

Women’s Tips on Tuesdays I February 13
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 guided by our top women pros. Sessions will go from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and will conclude...

Activity Highlight: Wednesday's with Wendy

Activity Highlight: Wednesday's with Wendy

One of Crested Butte’s most unique activities is the opportunity to ski and learn from local acclaimed skier Wendy Fisher. Wendy is not only an accomplished skier and freeskiing expert, she hosts monthly Wednesdays with Wendy ski clinics at Crested Butte Mountain Resort to help intermediate and advanced skiers excel on her home mountain. 

Good news is that you don’t have to ski as great as Wendy to learn from one of the best skiers on the mountain and there are two separate learning options based upon ability level (intermediate and advanced skiers). Beyond the learning you also...

Top 5 Reasons to Get Married in Crested Butte

1. Unparalleled Mountain Vistas

The beauty of getting married in the mountains is the timeless setting. Hold your ceremony tucked up against the Elk Mountains and let the natural landscape be the backdrop to your perfect day. Our majestic setting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains beside the 12,162 foot peak of Mt. Crested Butte offers a stunning place to tie the knot.   

2. Stunning Venues

Choose between a variety of outdoor settings for your ceremony and then bring the party inside as the sun starts to set. Our Ten Peaks venue offers...

This Week In the Butte February 5 2018

This Week In the Butte February 5 2018

The first full week of February is stacked with exciting events. Take a lesson in wine pairing or test your skills at the USASA Rail Jam (or come watch them fly through the air), plus the best apres music around with CB Unplugged featuring Tony Furtado! 

Women's Tips on Tuesdays I February 6
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 guided by our top women pros. Sessions will go from 1:...

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. 

January 17 is the advanced clinic from 10 am – 12:30 pm. This lesson is ideal for...

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...

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...

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve In Crested Butte

Words written by Mountain Athlete Ashley Bembenek

New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday. It is a chance to celebrate the passing year’s accomplishments and to create intentions and goals for the coming year. 

I like to be up early and start the day with an excellent cup of coffee. My favorite coffee spot in town is Rumors, you can’t beat the combination of books and coffee. If breakfast is also on the agenda the Guild and Izzy’s are great choices. The Guild Café features local, homemade, and organic breakfast options alongside fresh-roasted coffee. Izzy’s is...