There's extreme skiing, then there's extreme telemark skiing!

The West Elk Project is reporting that the Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships may return to Crested Butte after a low snowfall hiatus last year. The dates currently being locked down are March 22nd and 23rd.

With two IFSA junior events, one Junior Freeride Tour event, and two Freeride World Qualifier events, it is already going to be a busy freeride scene at Crested Butte this season. However, the CB Tele Extremes have always been a well-supported event both locally and regionally as Crested Butte has long-served has a national hub for telemark skiing according to The West Elk Project. (more…)

USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Stage 2 Overview & Estimated Times

One of the shortest stages of the week, a mix of old and new awaits the racers on this second stage of 99 miles from Montrose to Mt Crested Butte. The first 65 miles has a bit of a sting with the short but challenging climbs over Cerro Summit and Blue Mesa Summit making for early launch pads for the breakaway specialists. Then the cyclists visit familiar territory with a Sprint Line in Gunnison, a second Sprint Line in Crested Butte, and a nasty 2 mile climb to the dramatic finish on Mt. Crested Butte, which proved an exciting moment in 2011. After heading gradually uphill most of the day, cyclists and their fans will witness all the excitement of a huge alpine climb packed into 4 minutes, with the promising roar of the Crested Butte crowd at the finish.

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Being one of the founding places for mountain biking, Crested Buttians use bicycles as their main mode of transportation. The town is also always ready for a parade, party or reason to dress in costume and if they get to ride their bike while doing it? Even better! This has led to numerous ancillary activities during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that you won’t find at every host city. (more…)

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World’s Top Professional Cyclists Confirmed for 2012 USA Pro Challenge

Photo: Crested Butte Mountain Resort/Robb Pennie

Tour de France Winners and World Champions Set to Compete in America’s Toughest Cycling Race;  Stage 2 (August 21) finishes Mt. Crested Butte, sprint in Crested Butte

Marking one of the best fields ever assembled on American soil for a professional cycling race, the provisional team rosters* for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge have been confirmed. Taking place August 20-26, the race will travel through 12 host cities, taking riders and fans on a scenic tour through the Colorado Rockies. Emphasizing the competitive level of the field, the race will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de France:

  • Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale
  • Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing
  • Cadel Evans (AUS) of BMC Racing Team
  • Janez Brajkovic (SLO) from Astana Pro Team
  • and RadioShack-Nissan-Trek riders Andreas Kloden (GER) and Chris Horner (USA)

Plus, last year’s winner Levi Leipheimer of Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL) returning to defend hos title albeit with a different team!

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Fall Events In Crested Butte & Gunnison

Fall is a great time to visit Crested Butte, colors are changing, there’s a lot on, and we have availability!  Check out these events for all tastes:

West Elk Bicycle Classic, Sept. 2, Gunnison/Montrose/Delta Counties
Western State Colorado University’s cycling team is sponsoring a new bicycle gran fondo, the West Elk Bicycle Classic, on Sept. 2 with two length options: The 130-mile ride climbs nearly 10,000 feet and starts in Gunnison at 7 a.m., then to the Blue Mesa Dam, Crawford, Paonia and Kebler Pass before finishing in downtown Crested Butte with cheering, music, finish line and a meal at Donita’s Cantina. The 100-mile version starts three miles past the dam at 7:30 a.m. Visit www.western.edu/westelkbicycleclassic for details and registration, which costs $75 if submitted by Aug. 23, and $100 after that.

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CBMR celebrates its 50th birthday on opening day with free lift tickets, games, prizes and live music

Crested Butte is famous for its parties, costumes and light-hearted nature and opening day 2011 will be no different. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) celebrates opening day and its 50th birthday in style with free skiing for every guest. Opening day also heralds the resort’s annual ‘first chair celebration’ when local kids line up hours before the resort officially opens to make the very first turns of the season. This year the resort will have three chairlifts, two Magic Carpets, twelve trails and one jib park for opening day. The birthday fun continues throughout the day with party games, live music, and birthday cake.
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The Chainless World Championships (CWC), take place in Crested Butte today (Friday, June 24) . Though Crested Butte has held a chainless race in years past, this is only the second incarnation as a world championship race.

The race kicks off with a mass LeMans start at 4:00P.M. from the top of Kebler Pass and then heads down 7 miles of dirt and pavement to the heart of town.

For race updates and general shenanigans, be sure to check out the event’s Facebook page.

The CWC is part of the 31st annual Crested Butte Bike Week which started yesterday with Alison Gannett’s Rippin’ Chix Mountain Bike Camps for women and a “Night at the Museum” kick-off party at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, 331 Elk Avenue.

Formerly Fat Tire Bike Week, the new name for this popular cycling week is “Michelob Ultra Crested Butte Bike Week”.  The Mountain States Cup Wildflower Rush runs through Sunday, and the Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour starts on Saturday.

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Griffin Post just won the Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships in Crested Butte. Post notched a pair of 47-point runs (on a 50-point scale) to edge defending champion Cliff Bennett by eight-tenths of a point, reports espn.com.

After Crested Butte received nearly 30 inches of snow in two days, conditions that turned what is normally a mine field into a foam pit. Sick Bird winner and fourth-place finisher Mark Filippini took full advantage, sticking a pair of 50-foot-plus drops into tight trees; others threw back flips and front flips off the famous Cheeseburger rock. Matt Luczkow slowly spun a 360 off a 30-footer.

“With the way the snow is, as they say, go big or go home,” Filippini said.

An avalanche warning remained in effect for the surrounding Crested Butte backcountry, and CB patrollers threw more than 350 pounds of dynamite to control the resort’s famed Extreme Limits terrain on Saturday alone.

“I’ve never skied an event like this,” said Matt Luczkow, who finished 14th. “Nothing even close.”

Full story at espn.com

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