Archive for February 2013

Early Morning View

We’re starting Thursday clear and cool on the Gunnison Country today.  With no clouds to keep the heat in this morning, our temps are in the teens below on the valley floor.  Temps will warm as the sun pops up and we’re forecasted for increasing clouds with a chance of snow late this afternoon and overnight. 


Today’s shot is an early-morning vista of the high country backing the town of Mt. Crested Butte.  The first light is just touching the peaks of Treasury and Treasure mountains back there, just getting the day underway. 

Get after it early today while the sun is out and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted February 28, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Moonrise Over Doubletop


Wednesday’s shot is of the moon rising prettily over the shoulder of a freshly snow-coated DoubletopMountain, just south of Crested Butte.  We saw clouds and light snow filtering down throughout the day, Tuesday.  This morning we’re under clear skies with mostly calm conditions and temps once again in the brisk range on the Gunnison Country.  Gunnison has the low this morning, showing fifteen below zero, Taylor Park is at six below, SchofieldPass is at four below, CB South is at thirteen below and the top of Gold Link is at one degree above zero.  When the sun hits this morning, temps will recover quickly, and head for a forecasted high in the mid twenties by this afternoon.  It’s going to be a beautiful day out there! 

Following up on yesterday’s post about the new uphill route at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, there’s a group ski planned for Saturday . . . here’s the press release:

Join Us For A Day Time Group Skin to Ten Peaks!

Come check out the new day time uphill route at Crested Butte Mountain Resort!

Meet Ethan Mueller and Nick Herrin for a group skin to Ten Peaks at 9 a.m. this Saturday, March 2. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available at Ten Peaks for all participants. Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail by 5 PM on Thursday, February 28 if you plan on making it!  We hope to see you there!

Whether you’re going to be on the mountain lovin’ it, or in Houston, wishing you were on the mountain, have a super-duper day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted February 27, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Snowy Day and New Daytime Uphill Skiing Access at Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Tuesday morning finds Crested Butte under light snow, with a the forecast calling for one-to-three inches of new, with northwest winds kicking in later today to make things fully wintry around the valley.  Today’s first shot is from yesterday morning, peering through the clouds on the valley floor, over CB South’s groomed Nordic trails, at CrestedButteMountain.  The morning’s fog dissipated quickly and left us with a gorgeous day of sapphire blue skies and warm sun. 


Crested Butte Mountain Resort has implemented a new daytime uphill route and policy.  Now you can don your skinned skis and hike up to the Tony’s area (top of Painter Boy/Goldlink) during the ski area’s operating hours.  The route takes you up, along the sides of Warming House Hill and Houston, then winds you out across Columbine before sending you back to Tony’s.  Today’s second shot is of the sign at the bottom of the route where it begins over between the air bag and the CrestedMountain condos. 


Today’s third shot being of John and Marsha making their way along the uphill trail above Columbine Hill.  I’m psyched to see uphill daytime access at the resort.  While the route is geared toward those interested in trying out the “uphill” thing for the first time, the “out in the woods” feel of it and the taste of a backcountry ski experience that it offers is really nice.  Hopefully the resort will continue to develop the daytime opportunities . . . I bet it catches on.  If you’re interested in trying out uphill skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, stop by the AdventureCenter to get your uphill pass and if you need gear, stop by the Elevation Station to rent some from the Scarpa demo center there.  Those of you who already have an uphill pass for the season will want to stop by the AdventureCenter, check out the recently updated uphill policies and get your pass updated, as well.  While this is only a partial list of the policy, below is a blurb that the resort put out regarding its uphill program.  Check out the full policy and uphill routes at the AdventureCenter or by clicking here.

Enjoy the wintry day and we’ll see you tomorrow!


Uphill skiing has gained in popularity here at CBMR in recent years. It is normal to see an average of 75 people per day skin up the mountain during off hours. Due to the sports ever-growing popularity across the nation and a desire to grow and embrace fitness skiing, CBMR has worked together with community members, uphill users and the US Forest Service (USFS) to formalize a new Uphill Use Policy that promotes the sport and balances safety and recreation on the resort’s slopes. In addition, the new partnership with Scarpa and SkiTrab touring boots and skis has allowed CBMR to open the first Scarpa/SkiTrab Uphill Demo Center for guests to experience the sport of ski fitness.

Highlights to the new/revised policy include:

  • All uphill users must obtain an UphillUsePass from the Pass Office in the AdventureCenter.  Current pass holders can obtain a 2013 sticker at the AdventureCenter, certifying that you have read the new 2013 policy and route map.
  • Ski Patrol will flash a red light in the base area, as well as on top of tower 3 on the Red Lady Express, visible from the base area to warn skiers of avalanche control work taking place and that designated routes must be followed.
  • Uphill use on the designated All-Day Base to Ten Peaks route is permissible any time of day, This route begins at the base area and goes uphill along the lookers left side of Warming House Hill, continues to the bottom of Painter Boy lift and switches back towards Columbine Hill. It then meanders through a signed route in the aspen trees and finishes at Ten Peaks.  The route is approximately 1.75 miles long and has a 910 foot elevation gain.
  • All other areas of uphill travel must cease by 9 a.m. and may not begin again until 4:30 p.m.
  • Two new designated “dog routes” allow uphill access to the MainMountain prior to 9 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. Dogs must descend the same route ascended.
  • New regulations are in place for skiers and dogs to be more visible, including required headlamps and skiing in the center of the trail.
  • Uphill users will be limited to the lower part of the mountain during avalanche control mornings to allow ski patrol to open terrain efficiently. International, Buckley and Championship trails will be closed to all uphill use, due to potential safety issues with grooming and the winch cat operations.
  • Ski Patrol and Mountain Operations will be checking for Uphill Passes and informing guests of the new policy moving forward.
  • A fee structure will be implemented for Uphill Use;
    • If a skier has purchased any multi-day or seasonal pass product, uphill use is included.
    • Non-pass holders will be required to purchase a daily pass for $10 or a seasonal pass for $100 for uphill use. **For the remainder of the season, those who do not currently have an uphill pass or a season pass product will be charge $40 for a 2012-2013 Uphill Pass.
  • CBMR has issued 662 Uphill Use passes to date.
  • The resort is also holding Full Moon Skins on the last two full moons on the season to encourage guests to get try skinning under the natural moonlight. Uphill skiers can ski to a designated mid-mountain lodge, either Ten Peaks or Uley’s Cabin, where a fire is waiting as well as light food items and beverages.

Scarpa/SkiTrab Uphill Demo Center:

Don’t forget that we have the new Scarpa/SkiTrab Uphill Demo Center in Elevation Station. The demo center rents touring skis and boots for anyone interested in trying alpine touring. The resort also offers uphill ski lessons to learn proper technique and ensure efficiency in skinning. The Scarpa/SkiTrab Uphill Demo Center is located in the Elevation Station, located in the resort base area. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for rentals.

Posted February 26, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

New Snow Over the Weekend in CB

Good Monday morning to everyone checking in on Crested Butte today.  We’ve had a snowy and busy weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, with the Prater Cup racers on the mountain and daily periods of snow leaving us with four inches of new whiteness to enjoy.  Today’s shot is looking up the Silver Queen Express lift line, with the 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain in the background. 


This morning we have clear skies overhead, but from River Bend on down the valley there’s a blanket of chilly fog settled on the valley floor.  While we didn’t have much of a cold snap in December or January, February has been noticeably cooler than what we’ve seen the past couple of years.  Low temps continue to make it into the single digits and even teens below zero on the valley floor on a regular basis.  The ski area is usually ten degrees warmer, and the temps have been cool enough to keep the snow better, longer. 

We have a mix of sun and snow in the forecast for the rest of the week, with today predicted to be mostly sunny and 45 degrees.  Have an excellent start to your week and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
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Posted February 25, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Prater Weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Hi All and Happy Friday!  It’s another interesting morning on the Gunnison Country, weather-wise, with clear skies overhead, but low, frosty clouds hanging in the valley.  The forecast is showing a seventy-percent chance of one to three inches of snow today and there’s a decent chance of snow through the weekend.  Today’s shots are from yesterday afternoon—there were some cool clouds capping the local peaks.  The first shot is of CrestedButteMountain and the second shot is of WhetstoneMountain. 


The old saying is that nothing makes it snow like hosting an event . . . this weekend’s event is the Dan Prater Memorial Cup, which is a U14 junior championship qualifier.  What that translates to (besides snow) is lots o’ junior racers on International, Championship and Buckley laying down some fast tracks.  Below is event info—cheer the kids on if you’re out if you’re on the mountain this weekend! 

Speaking getting out on the mountain, that’s where I’m heading . . . we’ll see you out there—have a great weekend! 

Dan Prater Memorial Cup

U14 Junior Championship Qualifier

February 2124, 2013

QUALIFICATION: Open to all USSA registered RMD U14 Competitors


                                                        AM                                           PM

Friday 2/22       *Super G Race M/W                            *Super G Awards 50 min after race

                                                                                                         *4pm—Coaches Meeting

                                      *SkillsQuest Testing                           *5pm—Parent Education Seminar

                              After Inspection Run until Noon          SkillsQuest – How Skills and Racing Fit Together

                                                                                                          Jon Nolting, Director, USSA

                                                                                                            Sports Education Race HQ

Saturday 2/23    *Women’s GS / Men’s SL                  *Awards 50 min after races

                                                                                                           *6pm—Coaches Meeting

Sunday 2/24      *Women’s SL/ Men’s GS                   *Awards 50 min after races

                                                                                                         *JO Team Announcement

                                                                                                          *Nation Team Awards

RACE HEADQUARTERS:           Peaks Ballroom in the Elevation Hotel Lower Level 

PARKING: Main ski area parking lot is a pay lot. Parking on south side of

Plaza building is free. Cars parked on the roads around the

West Wall building will be towed.

VOLUNTEERS: Anyone interested in working the races please

contact Laci Wright at

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
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Posted February 22, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Snowy Day in Crested Butte


Good Thursday morning—we’re under variable clouds in Crested Butte this morning, with a few inches of new on the powder cam’s tray. The forecast shows more whiteness in the forecast, as well. Today’s shot is looking up at Mt. Crested Butte from Crested Butte, with Whiterock and its sibling peaks towering in the background.  It should be a fun day for soft turns on the mountain–have a great day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Posted February 21, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Sunny to Gray to White?

Wednesday’s first shot is overlooking a skier carving their way down upper Championship, with the Silver Queen Express lift below. That’s the town of Crested Butte in the background with Mt. Whetstone on the left and Mt. Axtel just barely visible in the veil of clouds that’s hanging back in the Kebler Pass neighborhood.


Tuesday started off clear and brisk, but warmed up nicely into the noon hour. It was a great day to grab your lunch and/or take a break and relax in the sun. By early afternoon, clouds were moving in, leaving us gray and flat lit by the time the lifts closed. Grayness comes with the possibility of snow, though, and we have a decent chance of a few inches of new whiteness by Thursday morning.


Today’s second shot is from the Paradise Warming House deck—with the sun and pleasant weather, it was a great place to kickback and take it all in over the President’s Day Weekend. There’ll be plenty more beautiful days to enjoy the deck scene at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and plenty of sunny decks to choose from, as well. Whether you’re at Paradise, Uley’s, Butte 66 or 9380, it’ll be tough to go wrong.

Enjoy the day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
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Posted February 20, 2013 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day


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