Hi All and Happy Friday the 13th! Today’s first shot makes being a cat operator look like the good life, doesn’t it? Eric has good reason to be smiling, being captain of a sleek and manly machine like that . . . what’s not to like, right? Well, the grave shift might not be so enticing to some of us, but I’d be game to give it a try at this point. The cat crew was pushing out the Painter Boy terrain park on Thursday afternoon, working the snow into the jumps and humps that’ll put grins on guests’ faces come Saturday when the Painter Boy lift opens.
Friday’s second shot is of the snowmaking guns piling up the whiteness at the top of Cascade terrain park. The week’s wintry temps have kept the snowmaking team in action around the clock.
The weekend is looking mostly sunny and really nice for getting out and making some turns this weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! And if you’re more into the “après” scene, check out the Light up the Night Weekend at the ski area and in town. Tonight they’ll be lighting the big tree in Mountaineer Square along with s’mores, hot chocolate and Santa. Tomorrow night there will be a parade and tree lighting in CB along with performances by the CB Mountain Theater and the CB School of Dance. And if you’re still not rolling into the Christmas spirit, on SaturdayCrestedButteMountain Resort is sponsoring a Santa Ski Crawl in hopes of setting the World Record for the most number of skiers in full Santa costumes. Participants need to be decked out in a full Santa suit in order to participate and CBMR will be offering $20 discounted lift tickets in the TransitCenter. Event Pub Crawl tickets are $25 and include a Santa suit. More information go to cbsantacrawl.com
But probably most importantly, what ever you do, be sure to go to the Powder Magazine page on Facebook and vote for CB in the Ski Town Throwdown. We’re still in a tight race against Eaglecrest, Alaska, so rally all the CB lovers you know to put the best ski town over the top!
Stay lucky out there and we’ll see you next week!
Thursday’s shot is looking out, over the ridge that Painter Boy, Gold Link and Prospect sit on, and up the upper East River Valley, flanked by Gothic, Avery and all the other way cool mountains that are such eye candy for visitors and Buttians alike. You can just make out the cloud of snow hanging over Cascade, as the snowmaking crew works on prepping the Gold Link/Painter Boy for its Saturday opening.
While we have a slight chance for snow showers tomorrow and Friday night, we’re forecasted to continue to see lots of sun with temps moderating slightly for the next week or so. We’re forecasted for twenty degrees and sun today—it’s going to be a nice one. The mountains skiing well, so come on out and get some turns in at Crested Butte Mountain Resort!
After the wrestling that it took to get a seven foot tree upright and screwed down tight enough into its stand in my living room so that it wouldn’t fall over with the weight of the ornaments, I have no envy for the Todd, Travis, Jason and Jeff who had to get the tree in today’s shot squared away in the Mountaineer Square courtyard. And looking at it, I’m wondering what the heck is that strap that the tree is hanging from secured to? I guess that’s why we have the pros take on fun projects like this one.
Thursday is going to be sunny, warmer and full of adventure at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. I’m starting to hear mention of the North Face opening some time in the next week—how cool is that? It’s not many years that we’re on the extremes before the holidays. Just another reason to come to CB for your Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and New Years celebrations!
Have a fab day out there!
Crested Butte Mountain Resort has made it to the final round of Powder Magazine’s “Ski Town Throwdown” this week. We’re up against Eaglecrest resort in Alaska, and while I’m sure they’re a wonderful little ski area in their own right, Crested Butte flat-out rocks and it’d be cool to see CB take this thing. You can vote once every 24 hours and the contest runs through Friday, so why not stop over to the Powder Magazine’s FB page or access it via www.votecb.com and help CB come out on top? Maybe suggest it to the CB fans you know out there, as well—the more, the merrier!
Tuesday’s shot is looking through the frosty morning air at a snow-basted Whetstone mountain. We were below zero this morning around Crested Butte, but will see the daily highs rebound nicely this week—it’s very good temps for keeping the snow skiing and riding nicely and it allows for snowmaking to run around the clock. While recent storms have given us the natural snow to open up just about everything except for our extreme limits areas, the resort still makes snow in high traffic areas . . . the dense layer of man-made proves more durable throughout the season.
Have a really good day out there and we’ll catch you tomorrow.
Monday morning is probably finding most Buttians a little tired and sore (or maybe that’s just me), but pleasantly satiated from a weekend of fun skiing on really nice snow conditions at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and in the backcountry. The Silver Queen opened on Friday, letting skiers and riders put in the powder laps on the front side of the mountain. East River opened on Saturday morning for a bonanza of fresh snow on Resurrection, Double Top and Black Eagle. While I was no where near the front of the lines for those openings, by the time I did make it out with the family, mid-day Saturday, the snow was still soft and coverage was very good, as well. This is one of the best starts to the ski season that the resort has enjoyed in years.
While I didn’t make it up in time for the powfest on the mountain, I did get into the backcountry yesterday for some very pleasant turns on Mt.Emmons. Conditions were overcast with snow and wind for the hike up, but the sun came out almost right on cue for our descent back to Kebler Pass Road. I even got to be the skier model for today’s shot (yes–you can tell it was rough duty), as Steve Lawlor was kind enough to provide today’s photo (thanks Steve—you’re hired). It was interesting seeing the competitors from Saturday’s ISMF/COSMIC ski mountaineering race at Irwin levitating past us on the their post-race “cool-down” day . . . as the Stever noted, they way they were cruising up the hill, you’d think their gear was made of helium. When asked about who won the race, we were told it was some young buck from Aspen who not only won the race here, but then jumped on his snowmobile, blasted back to fruitcakeland and won an uphill event there, too. Oh, to be 25 with too much time on your hands . . . .
This morning we’re under clear skies on the Gunnison Country with temps in the single digits below zero. Looks like we’ll be chilly today, but see temps get a little more reasonable the rest of the week. Have a really good start to your week out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
Good Thursday morning Crested Butte fans! Ready to ski? I’m looking forward to seeing what ski patrol will get open for us today and over the next couple of days around the mountain. With over a foot of new and temps that will keep the snow skiing and riding very nicely, we’re in for some way fun days on the mountain.
It’s a cool and brisk morning around the valley (and on the mountain). The CB NOAA temp, which from what I can tell, actually comes from Crested Butte thermometer, rather than a Gunni one (like it used to), is showing twenty six degrees below zero. In fact the Gunni thermometer is showing just thirteen below zero. Maybe that Gunnison temp reading wasn’t so bad after all, huh? But the top of Gold Link is only at six below and all these temps will bump up once the sun comes up, over the mountains to the east, so while it’ll feel like winter, it’ll be a nice day out there.
Today’s shot is from this morning along Elk Avenue . . . just about always a beautiful scene.
Enjoy the day and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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Apologies for the late post, but I couldn’t find my computer in all the powder. Ha. That would be kind of scary now that I think about it.
Seriously, we’re enjoying a good storm cycle at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Today’s first shot is of the guy who blows the Mt. CB footbridge doing his thing. And yes, I do think he aims for the cars that drive under while he’s working. We have over a foot of new on the mountain (see the powder cam shot from this morning, below) and the forecast continues to look good, as well. My scene today hasn’t been conducive to getting out and enjoying the white wonderfulness (beyond snowblowing the driveway this morning—hey, a face shot’s a face shot), but I hope you’ve played hooky, are on the mountain and are getting your powder legs under you. Here’s to some excellent skiing today and over the next few days as we enjoy getting the mountain open!
Have a white and fluffy day–see you tomorrow.
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