After four flights and an overnight stop in Tampa, arrived in Crested Butte at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. With ski passes and ski equipment pre-booked on-line the admin side of the ski trip took less than an hour. Passes for four took less than 1/4 of an hour and Peak Sports had us fitted in about half an hour.

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First-ish lift this morning and a sunny start to the ski trip. Snow was forecast and the weather closed in, got cold and windy but the snow never fell.

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Parade, concert and art costume party celebrate the area’s free spirit

While traditional Mardi Gras celebratory bashes will be plentiful, Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colo., are celebrating this traditional French holiday in their own special way again this year. Skiers, snowboarders and carnival lovers alike are invited to join the Mardi Gras fun on Feb. 21 and 24 as the towns prepare to send off Fat Tuesday with a bang.

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NASTAR (National Standard Race) courses at 120 ski resorts across the country. The pay-per-race program started in 1968, and since then more than 6 million skiers and snowboarders have forked over a few dollars and hurtled down flag-marked slopes, weaving their way to the finish line. All ages and skill levels can compete, and the good ones earn bronze, silver, gold and platinum medals for their efforts.

Read Pamela LebLanc’s NASTAR experience in Crested Butte.

Spring Break brings ideal ski conditions.

Now that you’re persuaded, consider this: Crested Butte, Colo., is the Best Ski Town in America.

OK, OK, I know. I fall in love with every ski town I visit, from Lake Louise to Steamboat Springs to Alta to Jackson Hole and a dozen others. But if we’re talking just about towns here, I still take Crested Butte. The mountain offers some of the most extreme lift-served terrain in the country, but it’s the old mining town that stole my heart the first time I visited.

I’m still not sure whether it was the best fried chicken in America, which I ate at Slogar’s Restaurant, or the yellow and purple and blue Victorian shops and houses on every street. Though other ski towns shimmer with excess, Crested Butte slaps you on the shoulder like your best cousin, comfortable and casual and solid as a mountain underneath.

Read the full article by Pamela LeBlanc at www.statesman.com.

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Now in its sophomore year, the North Face Masters of Snowboarding has become the largest cohesive competitive big mountain snowboarding tour in the country. The three-stop tour begins at Snowbird Jan 29 – Feb 1 and will cater to the motivation, talent, and skill of world-class big mountain snowboarders. Second stop, Feb 12-15, is at Crested Butte, Colo., and culminates at the ultimate big mountain competition venue of Kirkwood, Calif.

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The long awaited U.S. Geological Survey report on Crested Butte’s Snodgrass Mountain has been made public after a lengthy review process by the US Forest Service.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and the US Forest Service conducted two in-depth geological hazards investigations with the goal of determining the suitability of Snodgrass Mountain for lift serviced alpine skiing. These two studies are in addition to several other studies that have been conducted on the mountain going as far back as 1976 making Snodgrass one of the most studied ski mountains in the country.

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For the New England skier or snowboarder who has wondered what Tuckerman Ravine might be like with lift service, the answer is Crested Butte. Set in the beauty of Gunnison National Forest and the jagged peaks of the Rockies’ Elk Mountain Range, the resort about 230 miles southwest of Denver has a base elevation of 9,375 feet.

Its 121 trails provide well-manicured groomers for cruising and enough mountain panoramas to fill a memory card. The East River express serves up incredible vistas with fast-moving runs like Black Eagle and the half-bumped Resurrection. Bushwacker under the Teocalli lift is a wicked rolling run. Paradise Bowl is wide and easy, leading to some black diamond fun on Jokerville and signature International. Stop for a beer at the on-mountain Ice Bar restaurant and finish with a frosty apres-ski beverage at the chalet-style Avalanche at the base.

Read the full story from the Boston Globe

An extract from Phil Marty’s “5 ways to be stunned by Colorado” in the Chicago Tribune:

Mountain bike

Wow moment: The Lower Loop Trail heading out of Crested Butte is ranked “easy,” as mountain bike trails out here go. But then you’re flying down or struggling up one of its hilly sections on a 12- to 18-inch wide single-track trail, dodging rocks in the path, and you notice that the outer edge of the trail drops off nearly straight down, promising a nasty 20- to 30-foot plunge if you slip up. It’s not the time to be rubbernecking. Save that for when you stop to catch your breath and marvel at the aspen- and pine-covered mountains rising around you.

Where: Crested Butte, sitting at nearly 9,000 feet in the very mountainous west-central part of the state northwest of Gunnison, is considered by many to be the country’s best mountain-biking destination. Trails of all skill levels form a web around the tiny, picturesque onetime mining town. And finding a trail often is as easy as just cruising the streets to the edge of town. But trail maps are readily available.

Full story here

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Does this look like a typical May? Karina Steele and Jayson Simons-Jones skied fresh powder on top of corn snow on Mount Axtel near Crested Butte last week. A stormy winter left a near record snowpack which locals say may keep them skiing all summer. ( DAVE PHILIPPS, THE GAZETTE)

CRESTED BUTTE – The chairlifts in this ski town of 1,600 tucked at the base of the Elk Mountains stopped a month ago, but the skiing didn’t.

Spring is always the top season for backcountry skiing: the days are warm, a winter of snow is still piled up and avalanche danger has largely melted away. This spring in parts of Colorado, the smorgasbord of ski choices is especially abundant.

The Butte saw the biggest winter in memory. One storm after another walloped the region with so much powder that when you ask locals at Endo’s, the main watering hole, how the season was, words won’t suffice. They whip out their iPhones and flip through a string of bragging-rights ski photos where nothing is showing above a spray of snow but goggles and Sybaritic grins.

There was over 35 feet of snow, with much more in the surrounding hills. The mountains around Aspen and Buena Vista also saw near-record snows. A cool spring kept it from melting. Now, the surrounding mountains are cloaked in more white stuffi than locals have seen in 50 years. The spring thaw is slowly turning it into corn snow – some of the sweetest, easiest and safest snow to ski in the backcountry. And skiers are taking full advantage.

‘People are saying the skiing will go all summer and into the fall,’ said local Ryan Opdahl recently.”

(Read the full article: Life: Record corn harvest | snow, skiing, spring : Gazette.com:

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