There’s another inch-and-a-half of snow on the powder cam this morning, bumping up the marketing department’s season snow total to 291” . . . think we’ll make it to 300 inches by Sunday? I bet it’s going to be close. The skiing continues to be fun at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with creaminess and good consistency being the rule. Your best bet is to stay high and/or north facing on the mountain—you’ll be surprised at how soft it is.
With the mostly gray scenes of clouds and light snow that have ruled Crested Butte (and are forecasted to continue through closing day) lately, today’s shot is a splash of color to brighten things a bit for us. Another eight to ten weeks and the lupine should be out on Snodgrass again, making us smile as we pedal along the single track. Today, however, we’re looking at a seventy-percent chance of one-to-three inches snow, with clouds and light snow continuing through the weekend.
Have a good last Thursday of the ski season and we’ll see you tomorrow.
It’s a warm, but windy Wednesday morning in Crested Butte, with temps in the mid twenties, overcast skies and gusty winds raking the mountainsides. Today’s first shot is looking out at Gothic Mountain with the clouds closing in around it. There’s a few inches of snow in the forecast today and tomorrow . . . we always like more powder! Today’s second shot is looking at the Glacier Lily subdivision and providing an example of the layer of dust that has blown in over the last several days. Striking, huh?
Have really good hump day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow!
LINKS to: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
You’ve probably heard it on the bus, at the bank and Camp4 by now, but yes, citing excellent snow conditions (with more forecasted for the next several weeks) and now the opportunity to ski red snow, Crested Butte Mountain Resort has opted to extend the ski season, sort of! It’s really more like an additional mini season (April 7 – April 27) . . . there will even be another first chair/ribbon cutting ceremony (see today’s shot), because your current pass won’t get you on the lift unless you purchased a Peak Pass Plus with the Platinum/Adventure Park and Mountain Club option before last year’s first pass deadline. But if you do wear a costume or a one-piece Nevica (fluorescent colors preferred) or nothing (can you say “shot of the day”?), you’ll be allowed to ski for free (please bring something to sit on if u r going nekked–the next person riding in your lift seat thanks you). And you’ll you still have to have a valid lift ticket to get on the lift . . . ticket office hours are from noon to one-or-so, most days. Used Cranor day passes are welcome. Any pass from an Intrawest resort is valid as well (next season, too), but we can’t say why.
Have a really good April Fools—get out there and ski!—and we’ll see you tomorrow.
We’re into the final week of the ski season at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and with the fun and great conditions we’re enjoying, it’s tough to belief that we’re going to shut off the lifts on Sunday and call an end to what’s been a great one for skiers and ski area alike in Crested Butte!
Saturday was bluebird and packed with soft snow from top to bottom at the resort. The wife and I dropped off the daughter for the last day of Mountain Sports and caught the Queen and High Lift for the Headwall with one of my back country accomplices, Steve Lawlor. We had a great day of blasting chopped up, powdery run after run on the area. Today’s first shot is of Steve dropping out of Cesspool . . . and this shot actually kind of shows how steep that run is—it skied great!
On one of our High Lift laps, we opted for the peak hike. Not only were the views gorgeous, but the run off 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain was skiing sweeeeet! Big turns through soft snow took us to the high traverse to the Banana (today’s next shot) for a run down the legendary thigh burner. Those are my ski partners making turns down the upper Banana in the next shot . . . not a bad backdrop, huh?
Today’s next shot is of the Grand Traverse finish on Saturday afternoon . . . yes, the finish and the start were both in CB this year, making it what competitors unaffectionately call a “grand reverse.” Event organizers evidently weren’t comfortable with the snow pack on the course beyond the Friends Hut, so the race turned around there and returned to CB. Competitors weren’t let off easy, though. While they may have been expecting to hit the East River Valley floor and head for the resort, they were instead sent up and down Strand Hill (among other places) . . . all in all, if I understand correctly, they faced an additional two thousand vertical feet of climbing compared to what the course delivers when they go to Aspen. Ouch. Hats off to Mr. Smith and Mr. Wickenhauser for crushing the course in seven hours, fifty-three minutes and one-point-seven seconds. Hats off, also, to all the competitors and organizers who hung by the finish line and could be heard cheering finishers well into the afternoon—I was impressed.
Sunday started off gray and, unless I was seeing things, developed a red tinge in the late afternoon and evening after big winds kicked up in the afternoon . . . while we received a very light dusting of, well, dust earlier in the month, after today’s event most of Colorado probably has a pretty good layer of red Utah desert in our snow pack now. There’s snow in the forecast for the next several days and the Slush Huck/Pond Skim on Saturday. While next Sunday will do it for the ski season, on April 10-13, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will be hosting the “Ultimate Snowmobile Event” on the mountain. In addition to an oval and snow cross course in the base area, I’m seeing a hill drag course on Championship (?) and a hill climb course that runs from the base area, up International and Monument (?)(!). Wow–that looks sick! Check out the map below plan on heading to CB for what stands to be some intense-looking snowmobiling action the weekend after the lifts close! Have a really good start to the last week of the ski season and we’ll see you tomorrow.
Hi All and Happy Friday! If you got out on the mountain yesterday, you were loving the foot of fresh snow . . . just over a week left in the ski season and it’s still dumping in Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town! We’re forecasted to clear off today and tomorrow, then see another good chance for snow on Sunday. I didn’t get out on the hill until closer to noon yesterday, but still found untracked powder, blower turns and really good skiing. The snow had a pretty high moisture content, but it skied fine (and fun). I rode the lifts with guests and locals alike who were stoked to add more powder turns to their winter count.
Today’s shots are from Crested Butte on Thursday morning . . . while I’m ready for spring at any moment, it’s hard to get tired of winter scenes like these.
There is lots of fun stuff going on at Crested Butte Mountain resort this weekend! Whether you’re racing over to Aspen in the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse (hopefully this snow doesn’t have them doing the “reverse”), attending Soul Train night, getting ready to compete in or spectate at the Silver Queen pageant (check out the resort’s events calendar for more details on all these events), or just planning on skiing, it’s going to be another excellent couple of days off in CB! With the season wrapping up a week from Sunday, don’t hold back—get out have some fun! See you next week!
Good morning powder fans—I hope you’re ready for more winter, ‘cause it’s not over yet! Today’s first shot is of the powder cam at the time at 6am this morning, with 11” of new on it! What’s interesting is that at 5:30, there was ten inches on the tray, so we’re seeing close to two inches of snow an hour right now. If it keeps going like this, we’ll be well skiing over a foot of fresh powder when the lifts open at nine.
Today’s second shot is of the early extent of this storm coming across the valley on Wednesday morning. That’s Mt. Emmons hidden by layers of clouds and snow. The forecast shows another three to six inches arriving today and another good chance for snow on Sunday.
It’s going to be a great day of skiing and riding on the mountain, so get out there and enjoy!
Wednesday’s sunset shot is looking up-valley, over the top of Washington Gulch, with the pastel pink and wind-blown Treasure and Treasury mountains in the background.
The forecast is showing some interesting weather coming in today and bringing winter back for Thursday and Friday. Looks like we may another foot or more of new snow before this storm moves away on Saturday. I’m typically a fan of the snow machine turning off this time of year (makes for better mountain biking in late April and May), but a good layer of snow that sticks around late into the spring seems to make the wildflowers go crazy when things do melt off. Regardless, winter’s not over yet and the mountain will likely be skiing great right through closing day.
Enjoy it out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.