Hi All and Happy Friday! Today’s shots are of the “gi-normous” pile of snow sitting on Elk Avenue, waiting to be shaped into the jump and landing for this year’s installment of Big Air on Elk. I bet that skid steer had to work all night to blow all the side walk snow banks into the middle of the street like it did. Heh-heh-heh.
If you haven’t taken in Big Air on Elk before, grab the family, head to Crested Butte tomorrow night and check it out! With snowmobiles pulling competitors into a big ol’ jump right on the main drag in CB, it’s thrills, spills and chills that have to be experienced first-hand to appreciate. Looks like it starts around 5pm and wraps up around 9pm, so swing into CB for dinner, then find a good vantage point around the venue and check out the little rubber people doing their twisty, flippy tricks!
We’re under cloudy skies with light snow this morning in valley . . . we have two inches of new snow on the Powder Cam and I kept getting into the ABS on the way in this morning, as roads are deceptively slippery out there. While we’re forecasted for another inch or two today, it looks like we’re in store for a very nice weekend, with sun and highs that bump up, into the forties for Sunday and Monday. It’s a great way to start off Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s spring break season—we’ll definitely be busier over the next couple of weeks with our spring break visitors coming out to enjoy the great skiing and excellent adventures in Crested butte. Have an oh-so-excellent weekend out there and we’ll see you next week!
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Thursday’s shots are from this morning on the upper mountain. I threw skins on my skis this morning and made the hike up, trying to take advantage of the morning light before we bump our clocks ahead this weekend. While the daytime route at the resort is nice, doing the hike to the top of the Queen is way cool, with views that are second to none on the way down.
Today’s first shot is looking west and a little south, over Crested Butte with Mt. Axtel in the background.
Today’s second shot is looking to the northwest, over the base area to Gothic and the big peaks that make up the Paradise Divide.
Our third shot is looking to the northeast at Whiterock, Castle and Teocalli mountains. The building in the bottom of the shot is the Paradise Warming House.
As it’s the sixth of March, we’re down to one month left in the ski season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! Yes, the resort turns off the lifts at the end of the day on April 6th, so if you’ve been thinking about getting to get to CB to ski our great snow this winter, it’s time to make your move. I made it out yesterday and found good snow and all the thrill I wanted on the Headwall, Cesspool and Forest . . . it’s a very good year to make the trip to CB to get into Colorado’s coolest steep skiing!
There’s snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow—more soft skiing for the weekend at Crested Butte! See you tomorrow.
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Wednesday’s shots are from Tuesday evening’s Mardi Gras parade in Crested Butte. Revelers were decked out in Fat Tuesday garb, beads were flying and Buttians and visitors alike proved that if you want to have serious fun in CB, you need to throw a parade!
While the Butte and the Red Lady Bowl were visible as the parade started to make its way up Elk Avenue, within just minutes the snow “machine” kicked in giving us yet another memorable weather setting for the parade. Some years it rains, last year it was super cold, but this season, in fitting with the winter we’re having, snow fell.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s float dispersed boxes and boxes of beads into the crowd (the other floats were chucking them out there, too) . . . the crowd couldn’t get enough. I managed to get a few beads and a goofy hat on—evidently I was looking the part, as it was the first time that I had ever been asked to stop so that someone could take my picture. My shots don’t do the turn-out justice . . . hundreds of people cam out for the event.
It’s been interesting seeing the amount of visitors to CB from Louisiana hoping to escape Mardi Gras this week. I overheard one check-in at LMS yesterday saying that they don’t ski at all . . . they were just trying to get clear of the “festivities” in New Orleans. Can’t say I remember seeing them at the parade either.
CB’s under clear skies this morning, forecasted for a sunny day with a high in the mid thirties. It should be great for getting out and hitting the soft snow on the steeps. Have a totally awesome day out there (welcome to Lent) and we’ll see you tomorrow.
Tuesday’s first shot is of one of the way cool sunsets we’ve been enjoying lately over the East RiverValley. Intense and huge (look how small the clouds make Mt.Whetstone appear), the colors and the scale leave you feeling awed by it all.
Today’s second shot is a little random, but I like it because it gives a good perspective on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s West Side terrain. Even the Peel looks big and steep, with the 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain towering above. I made it out for a late-day ski break yesterday, and after skiing some great snow on the Headwall (if the High Lift would have still been open, I would have definitely gone back for more) and Keystone Ridge, I jumped on the Queen again and took the low traverse across the Peel, over to see how the Banana was looking after yesterday’s 7 Hours of the Banana event. Overall the run was in really good shape, but the moguls were HUGE, with four or five foot drops off the backs of them. Hats off to the competitors putting in seven-minute lap times down that piste. While I haven’t seen any official results, the rumor at my dinner table was that Wendy Fischer put in 30 laps in the seven hours to take home the top honors . . . pretty dawg-gone impressive.
Whether you want to test yourself on in the Extremes or just enjoy the friendly snow on our groomers, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is skiing great and ought to be your spring break destination! There is still plenty of time to book a great ski vacation for this month . . . use the info and links below to make it happen. See you down at the Mardi Gras parade on Elk Ave–5pm tonight!
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Welcome to another fabulous week in Colorado’s LastGreatSkiTown! If you like winter, Crested Butte was the place to be this weekend. With a foot of fresh snow and weather that saw everything from full-on blizzards to blue-bird powder skiing, we had a little something for everyone over the past couple of days. With snow falling and winds on the upper mountain crankin’ to the point where the Silver Queen was shut down for a few hours on Saturday, I opted to hike from the top of Paradise to the High Lift for a few laps. With the majority High Lift hikers heading for Teo Bowl, I stayed on the Headwall and enjoyed runs with great snow and just about nobody else to share it with. I may have mentioned it a post or two ago, but it’s way cool this winter to be able to ski all the nooks, crannies and lines that haven’t been filled in enough to get into over the last couple of years—it really makes for fun turns. Today’s first shot is of my daughter blowing through the powder above the bottom of the Teocalli lift.
Sunday started off snowy and overcast, but by mid-morning, the clouds were thinning and the sun was pounding down. A buddy and I were hiking up Mt.Emmons for some backcountry turns, enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys as the clouds lifted. Today’s second shot is a wintry scene of the clouds lifting from Mt.Axtel.
We’re under partly cloudy skies in the valley this morning, forecasted for chances of snow through Tuesday night. Temps look to be moderate throughout the extended forecast, with highs in the upper thirties and lows in the teens. While we’ll no doubt have some wintry days ahead, it looks like we’re into a relatively spring-like (but potentially moist) weather pattern. Tomorrow evening is the Mardi Gras parade in CB and you’ll want to check out Big Air on Elk this weekend . . . from there we’ll be into spring break, with much fun and excellent skiing to come at Crested Butte—get here and enjoy it with us!
Hi All & Happy Friday . . . a little after the fact. But today’s shots are of the snow that’s piling up around Crested Butte setting us up for another excellent weekend of skiing and riding on the mountain. Our first shot is of the snowy evening along Elk Avenue . . . while the snow banks have been getting removed from CB’s thoroughfare on a regular basis, they just keep growing back this winter. Our second shot is of the bike parking at the CB chamber.
We’re looking forward to a busy weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with the USASA skier and boarder cross races, as well as the 7 Hours of the Banana on Sunday. At this rate, there’ll be a whole lotta powder skiing going on, as well. Have a good one out there and we’ll see you next week!
Thursday’s shot is of an almost mirage-like TeocalliMountain in a wall of cloud, obscuring the higher aspects the Brush Creek neighborhood. While we had a bit of sun early in the day, afternoon saw the snow fall increase, marking the beginning of what should be a snowy weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! By Sunday, we’re forecasted to have been eight and eighteen inches of new whiteness on the mountain! If you’re heading for Crested Butte this weekend, you’re headed for great skiing!