Alley Loop

29th Annual









Presented by Western State Colorado University

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  • Nordic Marathon - Saturday, February 7th, 2015

    Part of the American Ski Marathon Series and an American Birkebeiner qualifying race, the Alley Loop is also Crested Butte’s largest costume party and biggest Nordic event of the year. The Alley Loop’s unique course starts and finishes in the heart of downtown Crested Butte at Second and Elk. In between it meanders through snow-lined alleys, behind false-fronted stores and restaurants, over footbridges and alongside residences. The course then heads out to the expertly groomed Nordic trails on the pristine outskirts of Crested Butte.  In addition to the fun races for all ages and abilities, the event also features a Friday night pub-ski crawl and an awards ceremony on Saturday with great prizes and a raffle.

    Registration Fees:
    Distance (km) November December January February Day Before
    1.5 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $15.00 $15.00
    3 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $15.00 $15.00
    5 $20.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $40.00
    10 $25.00 $30.00 $40.00 $45.00 $50.00
    21 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $70.00
    42 $60.00 $65.00 $70.00 $75.00 $80.00

    ON-LINE registration – available November 1 until Thursday, February 5th at 6 pm (Mountain Time).

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    IN PERSON registration –  Only, Friday 3-7 pm at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall  along with bib-pick up.

    • There will be NO registration at the Nordic Center or Day of Race.


    Bib-pickup -  Friday,  3-7 pm at the Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall.  Saturday morning at The Brick Oven from 8-10 a.m.  Note there is no additional chip pick up on Saturday. Chips are affixed to the bibs.



    Ski Go Wax Service


    Ski service is on a first come, first serve basis.  The Crested Butte Nordic Center will be servicing a maximum of 50 pairs of skis.  To reserve your spot, call the front desk at 970 349 1707 or email

    Drop off

    Please try to drop your skis off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center located at Second and Whiterock on Thursday afternoon or on Friday morning if you must.  All skis must be dropped off by noon on Friday, January 6th.  Any skis not received by this time will be crossed off of the list.


    Basic LF $29

    An application of the low fluorocarbon wax of the day.

    For recreational skiers.

    Racer HF $45

    An application of low fluorocarbon graphite with a topcoat of the high fluorocarbon wax of the day.

    For racers.

    Pro Service $75

    A hydrocarbon base layer, an application of the high fluorocarbon wax of the day, and a top coat of pure fluorocarbon powder.

    For the fastest skis out there.


    Participants must be present to receive an award.

    Kids Awards (1.5k and 3k) will take place at 11:30 AM at the Finish Line Expo on 2nd and Elk Ave.
    Racers Awards (5k – 42k) will take place at 4 PM at BONEZ, 130 Elk Ave.

    “King of the Loop” – The first person to cross the start line on the first lap of the 42k skate. Winner must complete the entire 42K to win “King of the Loop.”

    Each racer who completes the 42k skate in under 3 hours, will receive a commemorative bell.

  • Fat Bike Race - Friday, February 6th, 2015


    Same day registration starts at the Brick Oven Pizzeria at 2:00 PM. The solo race ($25 entry) will begin at 3:00 PM and will be 90 minutes + 1 lap. The team/relay race ($35 entry) begins at 3:10 PM and is 80 minutes + 1 lap. In the team/relay race, teams of two, three or four can share one bike. To reserve a fat bike rental email  For more information and to register, visit  Stay up to date by following Gunnison Crested Butte Fat Bikers on Facebook.

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  • Pub Ski - Friday, February 6th, 2015


    Register Here

    The Pub-Ski is a pub crawl on skis. To take advantage of Elk Ave being shut down and full of snow, participants can ski between the participating Elk Avenue bars.

    The route will be on Elk between Second and Third and will be pre-assigned. Do this in a group of 4 or do it on your own. You will play a game, do something nutty, or answer a trivia question at 6 of the 10 bars to earn points. The person or group with the highest points will win a special prize!  Wear a costume to receive additional pub points!

    Entry is $20 per person.  Event space is limited to 200…. ensure your entry by pre-registering online!

    Pub Ski bib pick up on Friday will be from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, at Queen of All Saints – Parish Hall, located at 401 Sopris Avenue. The crawl will then kick off at Montanya Distillers at 5:00 PM. The pub-ski ends at 7:00 PM with awards to follow.


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  • Start Times:

    9:30 – 3 km Kids Race
    9:31 – 1.5 km Kids Race
    9:40 – 42 km Classic Race
    10:00 – 42 km Skate Race
    10:05 – 21 km Freestyle Race
    10:05 – 21 km Classic Race
    10:15 – 10 km Freestyle Race
    10:20 – 5 km Freestyle Race

  • Cut-Off’s:

    3rd lap must be in progress by the following times to not receive a DNF: 42 Classic -12:45 PM & 42 Skate - 1:00 PM

    Racers Awards (5k – 42k) will take place at 4 PM at BONEZ - 130 Elk Ave.

    Kids Awards (1.5k and 3k) will take place at 11:30 AM at The Finish Line Expo at Elk Ave and 2nd.

    “King of the Loop” - The first person to cross the start line on the first lap of the 42k skate. Winner must complete the entire 42K to win “King of the Loop.”

    Each racer who completes the 42k skate, in under 3 hours, receives a commemorative Alley Loop bell.

    Top three age class winners receive an etched Alley Loop pint glass.

  • Volunteer:

    Not interested in skiing? We need volunteers, it takes numerous folks to put on this funky classic CB race. If you are looking to get involved, sign up here:

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    Positions range from pre-race organization to day of race- course marshal’s, aid stations, start, finish, awards, etc. We need you!!

  • Crested Butte Weather

    Current conditions for Crested Butte as of Thu, 29 Jan 2015 6:55 pm MST



    High: 34° Low: 15°


    Feels like: 23 °F

    Barometer: 30.39 in and steady

    Humidity: 57%

    Visibility: 10 mi

    Dewpoint: 15 °F

    Wind: 0 mph

    Sunrise: 7:13 am

    Sunset: 5:26 pm

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