That storm dumped 20 inches of snow in Crested Butte and the Crested Butte Mountain Resort team took the opportunity to go skiing something like 28 days before opening day. You can see video and photos of them skiing Keystone on their facebook page.
Gotta love this shot from Crested Butte’s PowCam today
Guests to CBMR also will note increased snowmaking capabilities resulting in earlier terrain openings and a better late season base. Increased snowmaking at the base area will allow for Peachtree beginners lift and the Camp CB teaching area and magic carpets to open on the first day of the season. CBMR will also be making good use of its 10 new high-efficiency snowmaking guns courtesy of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Massachusetts-based snowmaking equipment manufacturer Snow Economics/HKD Snowmakers.
Butt skiing. I used this technique a lot on February's ski trip. It's encouraged by the rental shops as it reduces the wear and tear on the skis. This particular example takes place near the top of International:
We'll have more videos of the runs to follow but viewer discretion is advised. The "videographer" was only on his third ski trip and so many, many skiers will be offended by his technique and complete lack of prowess – particularly when he has a go at his first double black diamond…
Shot using a V.I.O. POV.1.5 – not that they'll be pleased to hear that…
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is adding some upper level intermediate terrain for the 2010/2011 season. Horseshoe Springs is an existing expert gladed trail that is located in the middle of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area directly below Yellow Brick Road, next to upper park area (skiers right), and above the unload area at the top of Teocalli Lift.
Thinning of trees and pole saw cutting branches (“raising the skirts”) has been the mountain team’s focus to open up the tight lines it previously offered and allow for wider turns with more options to navigate the run. It won’t be a groomed trail and the pitch of this area will still dictate it to remain a black run. But CBMR hopes it will be an area that a higher end intermediate will be able to get a feel for some more open tree skiing.
Chris Corliss, CMBR’s mountain manager says the aim is “to enhance skiing and riding here that will allow for upper level intermediates to enjoy this unique terrain.”