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.
Onthesnow.com discovers the chic Dogwood Cabin in Crested Butte: “Two terms not often found in the same sentence: Fancy and Crested Butte. The isolated Colorado resort is more known for its laid-back appeal and incredibly difficult terrain. Somehow the three-year-old Dogwood Cocktail Cabin successfully mixes the finer things in life with the rustic nature of the central Rockies resort. (more…)
A wet Pacific storm delivered widespread snow across the entire state of Colorado, with many ski areas reporting more than a foot of snow, including 17 inches at Crested Butte, 16 inches at Telluride and six to 10 inches at the resorts along the I-70 corridor.
Crested Butte’s Snow Betty report this morning: “Hit the fluffy white slopes this morning because we’ve gotten 4 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours! In the last two days, we’ve received 19 inches of snow and this entire weather event in the last week has dropped 37 inches of snow on the mountain. Our “deependable” base is 44″ at the top, 33″ at midway and is waiting for you to practice some powder turns! Our open terrain includes 78 trails on 553 acres, including 75 groomed trails and the Groomer’s Choice for Today, Upper Keystone- one of my favorite runs, by the way! New terrain opening up for the day includes Double Top Glades, Peonia, Silvanite and Topsy. Forecasters are calling for a 60% chance of snow tomorrow, and with our recent snow event, we’re feeling confident the pow will continue to rise.”
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.
A significant winter storm has arrived and will seriously impact the Elk Mountains over the next 3 – 4 days. Expect periods of Heavy snowfall this weekend lasting through Tuesday. The storm is on a West, southwest flow and temperatures will remain somewhat mild through the storm though winds will be significant. The heaviest snow sets in Sunday and Sunday night when the winds will also pick up. Be prepared for a blustery weekend with blowing snow, poor visibility, and the accumulation of 2-3 feet of snow in the high country by Tuesday. The long term remains unsettled so do not expect to see the sun any time too soon!
Snow 4-8 inches possible, winds west, southwest 15-25 mph gusting in the 30’s. High temperatures in CB and Gunnison will be in the high 20’s
Snow 4-6 inches possible West winds 10-15 with gusts in the 20’s and a low temperature for CB and Gunnison in the mid to high teens.
Snow 6-10 inches, West Southwest winds 15-25 mph with gusts above 40 mph. High temperatures in CB and Gunnison in the mid to upper 20’s.
The rental skis had been returned and we had half a day to kill before leaving Crested Butte. The one petrolhead (ex-motocross racer) in the party had scoped out snowmobiling, convincing us all to have a go before we hopped on the bus to the airport mid-afternoon.
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…
Photographer Rob Pennie got this shot of the season’s first snow – a dusting at the tip-tops of the highest peaks – around Crested Butte this morning. Penni took this photo from Crested Butte South looking toward Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Direct, non-stop flights to Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport make winter travel easy
Access to Crested Butte this winter is quick and easy thanks to direct, non-stop flights into the Gunnison/Crested Butte (GUC) Airport from several major cities across the U.S. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) announces air service for the 2010-2011 winter season from three major carriers, including Continental Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines with flights from Houston (IAH) Denver (DEN). Through each carrier’s extensive flight network guests can get to Crested Butte from anywhere in the world.