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…)

10 Days Until Opening Day At Crested Butte; 5 inches on the powcam

After a winter storm moved into the Crested Butte area over the weekend, Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s PowCam is showing 5 inches this morning (and it’s cleared every day).

Crested Butte’s lifts open in 10 days on November 21st – time to get stoked about the season!

Enjoy this video of the recent snowfall by Crested Butte Guides: (more…)

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

It may not be Crested Butte but this promo video by Telluride makes you want to hit the slopes fast, particularly when you’re in the grip of a hot, hazy and humid Caribbean summer:

Venture Out [4min cut] from felt soul on Vimeo.

Shot and edited in the winter of 2009 in collaboration with the Telluride Visitors Center, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Telluride Ski Resort and Telluride Mountainfilm in hopes of giving viewers a soulful, non-commercial look at the winter experience in Telluride. Filmed & edited by Ben Knight | Music by Explosions in the Sky

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The Elk Mountain’s Grand Traverse is an annual backcountry ski race from Crested Butte, CO to Aspen, CO which starts at midnight. This is a trailer for the film documentary of the 2009 race. The film will be released in Fall 2009.

Produced by: Friends of Friends Productions

Posted by: E. Conor Hagen -Director/Editor

Music: “Triumphant” by Royksopp

GRAND TRAVERSE TRAILER from Conor Hagen on Vimeo.

http://www.elkmountaintraverse.org

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This face mask became a vital piece of kit. In fact, the difference between staying out and going home. This moisture-wicking, fleece-lined neoprene face guard gave great wind and water (read: driving wind and snow) protection.

The neofleece® face mask has vents/holes at nose and mouth which allowed easy breathing; we’ve tried pulling neck gaiters up over our noses in the past but quickly ran out of air.

The mask and integrated polyester fleece neck gaiter secures at the back with hook-and-loop tabs. Lycra® spandex binding trims the edges.

The mask tucked nicely under googles to give a draught-free fit and is cut so the back of the mask secures easily under the back of your helmet (yes, we all wear one, all the time). This mask/gaiter combo, combined with another neck gaiter and attractive skull cap, made a winning team in keeping the cold out and our heads toasty.

The downside: any inevitable nose seepage tends to accumulate on the inside of the mask, so if you’re carrying them for family members, make sure you know which one is yours… On a two-week trip ours hit the washing machine a couple of times.

But at $20 each, money well-spent. As I said, the difference between staying out, or going home.

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Ski passes for Crested Butte are on sale until September 7. Buy early and save up to 30% off most adult passes. The 15-Day Mountain Card (no blackouts) has 32% off at $629 – it will go up to $925 from September 8 onwards.

But the big savings are on the kids’ passes – 63% off the platinum passes for kids up to 17 years old. Platinum Passes (for adults and kids) provide unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates, and are valid for both the winter season and the summer season. If you purchase a Platinum Pass during the 2009 Spring Sale, you’ll get lift access during both the 2009 and 2010 summer seasons.

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Technically, we did go cat-skiing in Crested Butte. We got in a “toast rack” behind a snowcat, were taken up a portion of a mountain and, eventually, skied back down the mountain. Admittedly, we were taken up a green run (Painter Boy) to get to some blue runs – after a nice warm cup of Joe at Camp4Coffee…

The snowcat ride had been kindly laid on by Crested Butte Mountain Resort while they fixed Painter Boy Lift. We were second or third day into our trip and weren’t heading higher in that weather…

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This year’s Al Johnson Race – the 35th – was held March 22 and the individual winners for this year were Travis Scheefer and Rebecca Dussault. The race started at the bottom of the North Face Lift and ended on the East River Lift’s Black Eagle. So, competitors climbed a grueling 600 feet and then plunged 1,200 down through Crested Butte’s famous Extreme Limits.

The race has a great story. In the late 1800’s, Al Johnson was a mail carrier who traveled between various mining communities in the Crested Butte area. He was known for his courage on skis and held himself to the principle that “the mail must go through.” At roughly 9000 feet, the seventeen miles he traversed from Crystal to Crested Butte are some of the most treacherous winter terrain in the Gunnison Valley. Johnson would strap on mail sacks, which often weighed more than twenty-five pounds, and ski with this burden through snowy, rugged canyons and passes.

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort is selling 2009-2010 season passes at this year’s prices until April 5. Plus, you can use next season’s pass for the remainder of the 2008-2009 season. The offers are only good for on-line purchases.

Season Pass Financing Program

This summer Crested Butte Mountain Resort will be offering financing options for the purchase of all Platinum and Gold passes. For a $40 processing fee, CBMR will break your season pass purchase into four equal payments when you place your first payment by July 31st. Additional payments will be due on the last day of August, September and October.

Pass financing will only be available between June 1, 2009 and July 31, 2009. Financing will only be accepted with the use of a credit card on file.

Family Value Program

Receive one free child or young adult pass with every adult full season pass purchased. The Family Package includes one Adult Platinum or Gold pass and one pass of the same type for that adult’s legal dependent child, age 17 and under.

Platinum Pass

Platinum Passes provide unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates, and are valid for both the winter season and the summer season. If you purchase a Platinum Pass during the 2009 Spring Sale, you’ll get lift access during BOTH the 2009 and 2010 summer seasons.

Buy your passes here

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