Wednesday’s photos are from Tuesday morning, taking in the sunrise vistas around Crested Butte. In addition to the colorful sunsets we’ve been seeing lately, with the different shelves of broken clouds layering the skies overhead, the mornings have been beautiful, as well. Our first shot is looking east toward CementMountain and our second shot is taking in the morning light highlighting the Paradise Divide peaks.
After moderate overnight lows ranging from the low twenties to the low thirties in the valley, we’re forecasted for sun and a high of forty degrees today. Predictions show a possibility of snow during the rest of the week . . . we’ll see what piles up.
If you’re looking for events this week and into the weekend, the Town Randonee Series has its final race tomorrow evening at 5pm in the base area, there’s a USASA Bordercross/Skiercorss starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend and the 7 Hours of the Banana is happening on Sunday. For info on these events and more, visit Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s events page.
Enjoy the sun out there today and we’ll see you tomorrow.
Hi All—how was the weekend? Saturday my family and I made it up to Crested Butte Mountain Resort for some turns in what turned out to be some interesting winter weather. We put in the majority of our turns in the trees to make the best of the gray, flat-light day and windy conditions. What’s cool about skiing the mountain these days is that on the Headwall and North Face, you can ski lines and go placed that we haven’t been able to go in the past few years—it’s way fun. And if you venture a few turns away from the main lines, there is still soft snow to be had. With temps forecasted for the upper thirties this week, we’ll probably the snow consolidating a bit. Hopefully the warmer temps takes the edge off the avalanche danger that’s been so prevalent recently, as well.
In contrast to Saturday, Sunday was flat-out gorgeous. Cobalt-blue skies backing our white-frosted peaks, with pleasant temps and calm conditions, to boot . . . excellent stuff . . . I made sure that I stopped to soak it in while out for a Nordic ski. It won’t be long and we’ll move on from the gorgeous winter days to the spectacular spring days (March is coming up quick) . . . gotta enjoy the winter while we can.
Today’s shot is from Friday evening . . . the last light of the day hitting CrestedButteMountain and Paradise Divide. I hope your week’s off to a good start—see you tomorrow.
Hi All and Happy Friday! Crested Butte’s in the clouds this morning, with light snow filtering down and the temp hovering just above zero. There’s a skiff of new snow on the powder cam’s tray and the forecast is calling for a high in the mid twenties with chance for a light snow through Saturday evening. Today’s first shot is of a Buttian getting some snow off her front roof along Elk Avenue in Crested Butte.
Today’s second shot is of where to park your bicycle during winter in Crested Butte—on top of your snowed-in car. Bikes are still a popular mode of transportation in CB, regardless of the season.
It’s Prater Cup race weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort’s events page describes it as Crested Butte’s marquee annual race bringing 250 of Colorado’s top 12 and 13 year racers to Crested Butte. The Dan Prater Memorial Cup is in its 34th year and is sure to be blast for competitors and fans alike. Look for some high speed skiing and tons of fun as these athlete’s look to qualify for the U14 Junior Championships as well as beating out their competitors in the annual Nations Cup team event. Racers from different teams are placed together to form new “nations” and then display their country’s pride around the resort throughout the week. Points are awarded for both race results and sportsmanship and team spirit.
My take is that nothing makes it snow like a ski race, so we’ll see if that holds true this weekend. Have a really good one out there and we’ll see you next week!
Good Morning CB fans—the powder cam is showing about five inches of new white softness on the upper mountain as I write this. Today’s first image is of the proof there. Today’s second shot is from when the snow machine kicked in late yesterday afternoon, making the world around us disappear. The storm put down a couple of inches before 4pm and then continued into the night. This morning should be quite nice all over the mountain—get out there and get some if you can!
Wednesday started with overcast skies for the Gunnison Country, with snow moving in later in the day. Today’s first shot is looking across the base area yesterday morning.
The next couple of shots are from a run I took on the Westside yesterday afternoon. The first one is looking down the Banana from the high traverse. If you’re ever feeling like you’re bigger than nature and larger than life, this location will grant you some perspective. Having the 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain towering over you with a couple thousand vertical feet of double black terrain below you, well . . . it’s pretty cool. And to those of you planning on doing laps on this run during the 7 Hours of the Banana coming up on March 2nd . . . my quads burn for you already. But the snow’s looking good in there and skied fine. The next shot is of the reminder going into the high traverse that you’re headed for the real deal. And, by the way, the high traverse into the Banana from midway High Lift is, as a ski patroller described it to me, “a little spicy these days.” Recent winds moved enough snow out of there that you’ll need to take your skis off and do some rock dancing to get across it. It’s pretty low exposure where you have to go boardless, so it’s pretty doable. Makes for a good story to tell your friends later, too.
So I bet Aaron Blunck’s ears were ringing this morning from all of the Crested Butte “shout-outs” he got last night and yesterday. Aaron Blunck took seventh in the Olympic ski half pipe event yesterday—pretty darn impressive for anyone, let alone a 17-year-old who calls Crested Butte home. You did Crested Butte, your country and yourself proud, Aaron! It was cool to see Aaron on national prime time television last night, for sure. Aaron’s mom, Lisa, works for Crested Butte Mountain Resort at the Woodstone Grill in the Grand Lodge Hotel. While I’m not sure when she’ll be back from Sochi, if you see her over at the Woodstone, be sure to give her a high-five and congratulate her. And that way when Aaron medals in the 2018 Olympics, you can say that you remember when . . .
. . . not sure exactly where this shot of Aaron on the jumbotron came from, but since I again didn’t manage to open my invitation for my all-expenses-paid trip to shoot the winter olympics until after they had started, it’s all I got.
Hope you had a fantastic day out there and we’ll you tomorrow.
Tuesday’s shot is from Monday afternoon, looking out at the front and west side of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, all dwarfed by the towering 12,162’ peak of CrestedButteMountain. In looking at today’s shot, it’s surprising how much the camera flattens the ski runs. I can’t see anything that looks like it’s steeper than a blue. But when you actually get out and ski on Banana (or even International, for that matter), the terrain feels so vertical that it’s easy to imagine one slip and your sliding all the way to town.
Monday started off clear, with the high, thin layer of pictured clouds moving in and hanging around for the rest of the day. The resort still felt busy, with weekend visitors hanging around to enjoy the mountain quieter than it was Saturday and Sunday. Looks like today’s going to be sunny with a high in the upper thirties before we see another decent chance of snow moving in for tomorrow and Thursday. Enjoy it out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
The Busy Holiday Weekend billing is living up to its name at Crested Butte Mountain Resort this weekend . . . several thousand skiers and riders have made their way to CB to enjoy fun events and really good ski conditions on the mountain over the past couple of days. Today’s shot is of the base area scene on Saturday morning at 9a.m., with guests in line at the Silver Queen, ski school getting organized and vendor tents supporting the extreme ski comp. While I didn’t make it over to the Subaru Freeride Series, check out the video from the event here. And congrats to event winners Montanan Kyle Taylor for the men and Crested Butte local Sydney Dickinson for the women—nicely done.
With light rain falling on the windshield as I drove through CB on Friday evening, I had pretty much written off ski conditions for the gray and warm Saturday morning . . . what a mistake that would be have been. After dropping the daughter off for her Mountain Sports Team session, my wife and a few friends took the Silver Queen and High Lift to the Headwall and found things filled in with a creamy layer of soft snow on top of the several feet of softness that the mountain had pulled in over the last couple of weeks. The Headwall trees skied great, as did Spellbound chutes, Dead Bob’s and just about everywhere else we went. This winter continues to impress!
Sunday was gray and balmy with light snow, before the winds kicked up after dark. We’re forecasted for sun and temps in the mid thirties today and tomorrow, with what looks like unsettled weather hanging in for the rest of the week. Have a really good start to your week out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.