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.”
In a recent survey, the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber Of Commerce asked whether the Forest Service should reverse its decision and allow the proposed Snodgrass project into the NEPA process? They were not asking if people supported Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Snodgrass proposal only whether it should be given an open public hearing.
Of 736 respondents, 82% said yes. Click here to see the results.
The United States Forest Service issued a letter to Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) on November 5, 2009 denying the resort the ability to enter into the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process with its Snodgrass Mountain expansion proposal. Apparently, this decision comes after the resort has been working with the Forest Service on the Snodgrass expansion proposal for the past five years. Additional information regarding this decision may be obtained by going to the www.snodgrassfacts.com website.
Crested Butte’s Adventure Park is going up fast. The concrete for the skating rink has been poured and the roof is going on. Here’s a cam shot from this morning:
Click here for more details on the park.
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…
Fans came out in droves for the final day of the 2009 Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). The first stop on the 2009 Freeskiing World Tour (FWT), fifty athletes qualified for the final day in the Hourglass/Bermuda Triangle, an area off-limits to the everyday skier, but opened up for the final day thanks to the work of the Crested Butte Mountain Professional Ski Patrol. In the end, Michelle Manning and Clif Bennett both of Alta/Snowbird, Utah, would post the best-combined score to take the titles.
The Hourglass/Bermuda Triangle is a 1,000-vertical-foot drop with a sustained pitch of 40-degrees and reaching 60-degrees in several spots leaving skiers no room for mistakes. With no traffic in the area the entire season, competitors were treated to a mixed bag of conditions from soft powder, to bottomless, punchy holes and areas of completely bare rocks and trees.
Day one went down on the Headwall area of Crested Butte, and riders didn’t hesitate taking the rocky and scrappy slope apart.
The second stop on the North Face Masters series is popping off at Crested Butte, Colorado, and the tour couldn’t have picked a better freeride mecca. Returning champs from the Snowbird comp, Shannan Yates and Matt Annetts are up against a national field of free-shredders that includes a huge portion of local talent.
The ‘Butte has a revered place among big mountain types, capturing the interest of now pro-shred legends Chris Englesman, Dave Basterachea and Barrett Christy, among others. So, what’s the deal?
“It’s steep and it’s rocky,” answers 18-year local and fifth-place finisher in today’s preliminary round Gareth Van Dk. “Crested Butte is a big volcano of shale. It’s straight up daggers waiting to bite you.” But besides the geological punishers, says Van Dyk, CB has the pitch to match.
Read the full story here: EXPN
Crested Butte has partnered with The Ski Organizers, a national full-service ski tour operator, to help skiers and snowboarders living on Colorado’s Front Range travel to Crested Butte via a comfortable and environmentally friendly coach service.
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All weekend ski packages include two nights’ accommodation in Crested Butte, round trip private bus transportation from the Front Range, and two days of skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
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