On the first day of December, the upper mountain was a fog blowing snow as the Crested Butte Mountain Resort snowmaking crew took advantage of good temps and blew through the daylight hours. International, Upper Keystone, and UpperPark all saw the snow piling up, while over on Upper Ruby Chief, the snowmaking team was breaking down the snow guns so that the grooming crew could come in, push piles and get it ready for the rope drop.
Paradise Bowl and lift opened Saturday and, with the combination of good natural coverage and a layer of man-made snow tilled to sublime ski surface, was skiing just fine. Whether you wanted to crank down the groomers or get off, into the bumps and fluff on runs like Ruby Chief, it was fun skiing. The bar and the outdoor grill at the Paradise Warming House opened as well, so that you could grab a burger and a cold one between runs.
It’s nice to see this much natural snow this early in the season—the forecast is calling for another shot of snow tomorrow and Wednesday, as well. Enjoy today’s photos—they’re all from Sunday—and have a really good start to your week!
Hi All–Happy Friday and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope yesterday was full of relaxation, family, and plenty to be thankful for in your world. Thursday was a pleasant one at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with sunny skies and steady maze full of skiers at the RLX for much of the day.
Today’s shots are of the Red Lady Bowl on Mt.Emmons. I get a kick out of checking out the first tracks of the season on the bowl . . . looks like there’s some interesting skiing conditions up there. But still it’s early-season and we have tons of potential to put a great snow year on the books. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has the most snow I’ve seen for opening in the last few years—here’s to the snow keeping right on coming!
The Crested Butte Mountain Resort snowmaking crew is working on Paradise Bowl and Splain’s Gulch these days, so watch for first the Paradise Express Lift and then Painter Boy to open in the not-so-distant future.
Have a really good weekend out there and we’ll see you next week!
Wednesday’s shots are from opening day at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The Blizzard of Ahhhs/Wizard of Oz theme played through and the kids who pitched their tent on the load board of the Red Lady Express made it through what had to be several chilly evenings to retain their claim to the season’s first chair. Nice work, guys!
The first day of the season was busy at the resort—free lift tickets had the mazes full at the Red Lady and Teocalli lifts. Peachtree lift and one of the magic carpets was open, as well.
Here’s to a great ski season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort—get out there and enjoy!
Hi All—I’m in a bit of a hurry this morning . . . my list is off the page for what needs to get done in the next 24 hours, but wanted to share a couple of shots so that you can see how good the resort is looking for opening day . . .
Our photo is of the Mt.CB sign from Sunday morning, covered with snow and twinkly lights . . . what a welcoming sight indeed. But what’s really cool is the next shot of the base area. Our recent snows have blanketed the mountain in white, leaving us looking the best for opening day that I can remember in recent years. How cool is this?
There were at least a couple of visiting families hanging out slopeside who were ready to go skiing yesterday. While they did a few mini runs on Warming House Hill and through the base area, I had to wonder if they thought the lifts were opening yesterday or what? Oh well, probably any snowy slope is a thrill when you don’t have it right in your back yard all the time—I hope they had fun.
Anyway, we’re forecasted for a sunny, pleasant day today and tomorrow—should be plenty comfy weather for kicking off the new season. If you haven’t done so already, dig out your skiing and riding gear, ‘cause tomorrow we’re hitting the mountain!
. . . to get first chair of the season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! Today’s first shot is from Saturday afternoon, with Carson, Rob and Manni literally camped out on the “Load Here” board at the bottom of the Red Lady Express lift. And on Sunday morning, they were still there, still in the game for first chair of the season on Wednesday morning’s opening day. The kids have this week off of school for Thanksgiving break, so what better way to spend it than camped out at the bottom of the RLX? I bet these kids’ parents were stoked that their kids came up with the idea.
Anyway, following our recent storms, we have a bunch of snow on the mountain, way more than we had last year at this time, so that should have everyone smiling for opening day. Today’s second shot is from a snowy Friday evening along Elk Avenue. To get folks revved up for the season, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is providing a free showing of the classic Greg Stump film, “Blizzard of Aahhs” at 7:30pm at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square on Tuesday night. And if that doesn’t get you stoked for the season, skiing for free on opening day should—yep, it’s free! Since it wouldn’t be an event in CB without a costume component, dress up as your favorite Wizard of Oz characters (see how that ties in with the “Blizzard of Aahhs” thing?) and follow the Yellow Brick Road to the bottom of the RLX to get your ski season started in (Crested Butte) style.
So try and forget about last evening’s football game, have a really good kick-off to your week and we’ll see you tomorrow!
Hi All and a Happy Snowy Friday to you! Today’s shot is from yesterday morning along Elk Avenue in Crested Butte. It snowed throughout the day, yesterday, in Colorado’s last great ski town . . . fluff piled up on the mountains and by evening the local roads were glazed so that drifting the back end of the Sierra through the turns on the way home was fully entertaining. Snowy weather is forecasted to continue through the weekend, as well, with our best chance for decent accumulation arriving later today.
We’re hurtling toward next Wednesday’s season opener at Crested Butte Mountain Resort . . . snowmaking’s cranking, the seasonal departments are training and prepping, and the rest of us have the pedal to the metal, working to support it all. Like a lot of folks at the resort, I have a ton of stuff to get squared away in the next few days, but I’m looking forward to getting underway with what has the potential to be a really memorable season at the resort.
Have a good weekend and get rested up—next weekend we’ll be skiing!
Good Wednesday Morning . . . it’s a gray one in CB, with light snow and a thick coverage of low clouds beginning at about 9,000 feet. The forecast shows more of the same with a good chance for light snow tonight and tomorrow. Today’s first shot is looking through the man-made snowstorm in the base area at the sun rising over the 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain.
Today’s second shot is from this morning . . . Betty Bear and the crew were out at the Elk Avenue 4-way working to get out the vote for this week’s Ski Town Throw Down. We beat Big Sky last week and we’re up against either Sun Valley or Jackson Hole this week. Head to Powder Magazine’s FB page and vote! And since the contest runs for two days, you can vote again tomorrow!
Have a fantastic day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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