Alley Loop

32nd Annual

Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

Presented by


February 3rd, 2018


WARNING: The Alley Loop is not your typical American Birkebeiner Qualifier.  The course starts, finishes, and passes through the heart of downtown Crested Butte winding around on snow covered streets, narrow alleys, and one lane bridges.  At any given time, you may be cheered on by an alley party, find yourself surrounded by oompa loompas, or skiing past a train of people connected by a crazy costume.  Racers are sometimes forced to make quick passes and depending on their luck, may even get stuck on a bridge for a few seconds.  Once you make it through town, you are rewarded by pristine tracks and epic views on the outskirts of Crested Butte.  If you like normal, you may want to look for another race.  If you are up for anything, this is right up your alley!

  • Schedule of Events

    All Day – Ski Go Wax Service drop off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center

    8 a.m. – Noon – SkiGo Wax Service drop off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center
    3 – 4:30 p.m. – Pub Ski Bib Pick -Up at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    3-7 p.m.  Nordic Marathon Bib Pick-Up at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    3-7 p.m.  Nordic Marathon Walk-Up Registration at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    5-7 p.m. – Pub Ski
    7:30 p.m. Pub Ski Awards – Talk of the Town

    7-10 a.m. – Race day registration and bib pickup at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    12 p.m –  42k Flower Ceremony – Finish Line Expo
    1:45 p.m – 1k & 3k Podium Ceremony – Finish line Expo
    4 p.m. – Awards Banquet & Raffle – Bonez

    Start Times
    9 a.m. – 42K Classic
    9:05 a.m. – 21K Classic
    9:20 a.m. – 42K Skate
    9:25 a.m. – 21K Skate
    9:35 a.m. – 10K 
    9:40 a.m. – 5K
    1:00 p.m. – 3K & 1K

  • Course Maps

    There are several important intersection on course.  Study these maps carefully.  It is your responsibility as a racer to know the course.  Each intersection is signed and has a course marshal.  But, it is ultimately up to you to go the right way.

    1k 3k


  • Results
  • Awards

    All racers receive a commemorative poster and Alley Loop SWAG on a first come first serve basis at bib pickup.  There are awards for age class winners in all categories.  All awards are for male and female categories.  You must be present to claim prizes.  Awards are not mailed.

    42K Freestyle
    1st – $1000
    2nd – $500
    3rd – $300
    4th – $200
    5th – $100
    King & Queen of the Loop (winners of the first lap) – $400

    42k Classic
    Top 3 awarded Toko prize package

    All sub 3 hour 42K finishers receive a Marathon Achievement Bell

    21k, 10k & 5k
    Top 3 awarded Fisher product.

    1.5k & 3k kiddos
    All are awarded medals!

  • SkiGo Wax Service

    A limited quantity of SkiGo Wax Service reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Reservations can be made through online Race Registration, or by contacting the Nordic Center Front Desk at 970-349-1707.  This service is provided by Crested Butte Nordic in partnership with Boulder Nordic Sport.  

    Drop off
    Please try to drop your skis off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center Thursday afternoon, or at the latest – by Noon on Friday.  Any skis not received by this time will not be serviced. 

    Recreational Basic LF $29
    An application of the low fluorocarbon wax of the day.

    Racer HF $45
    An application of low fluorocarbon graphite with a topcoat of the high fluorocarbon wax of the day.

    Pro Pure Fluoro $75
    A hydrocarbon base layer, an application of the high fluorocarbon wax of the day, and a top coat of pure fluorocarbon powder.

  • Pub Ski

    Friday, February 2nd at 5 p.m.


    Pub What?
    The Pub Ski is a pub crawl on skis! With Crested Butte’s main drag – Elk Avenue, shut down and full of snow, competitors ski between participating drinking establishments in this novel “ski” competition.

    You’ll answer trivia, undertake a challenge, or do something plain nutty to earn points on your score card at each bar venue.  Be sure to wear a costume to receive bonus pub points! The highest point earners will be awarded with illustrious Pub Ski Champion prizes.

    Participant bib pick-up and walk-up registration will take place at Queen of All Saints – Parish Hall, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.  And at the Talk of The Town from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

    The crawl kicks off at Talk of the Town beginning at 5:00 PM.  Pub-ski wraps up at 7:30 PM with an awards presentation at Talk of the Town.

    Get Signed Up!
    Pub Ski participation is limited to 70 competitors…. ensure your entry by pre-registering online through Alley Loop Race RegistrationThis event sells out!
    Pre-Registration – $25  /  Walk-Up Registration – $30.  

  • Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

    Resident parking restrictions on these streets and alleys will be in effect from Midnight on Thursday, February 1st until 4 pm on Saturday, February 3rd. Please plan to move your car before the dates/times listed below. Thank you for your assistance and community support of the Alley Loop!  We apologize for any inconveniences.  Please call the Race Director with any questions or concerns. 720-404-2311

    MIDNIGHT – THURSDAY,  February 1st  to SATURDAY,  February 3rd ,  4 PM

    Elk Avenue (entire street): From the West End (Old Kebler) to 3rd Street

    Sopris / Whiterock Alley: between 1st Street and 3rd Street
    Elk / Maroon Alley: between 1st Street and 2nd Street
    Teocalli / Butte Alley:  between 2nd Street and 3rd Street

    3rd Street:  EAST side of Street from Totem Pole Park to Gothic / Teocalli Alley
    3rd Street:  EAST side of Street from Teocalli / Butte Alley to Butte Ave.

    MIDNIGHT – FRIDAY,  February 2nd  to  SATURDAY,  February 3rd,  4 PM

    1st  Street: BOTH sides of street from Whiterock / Sopris Alley to Elk Ave.
    (Overnight parking in Town Lot is permissible at 1st  & Elk Ave)

    1st  Street: BOTH sides of street from Elk Ave. to  Elk / Maroon Alley

    2nd Street:
    Entire Street from Elk Ave. to the Elk / Maroon Alley
    2nd Street: EAST side of Street from Gothic / Teocalli Alley to Teocalli / Butte Alley

    3rd Street: WEST side of Street from the Whiterock / Sopris Alley to Elk Ave.

    Gothic / Teocalli Alley: between 2nd Street and 3rd Street (opened by 2 PM)

    Maroon Ave:  NORTH side of street from the bridge EAST to entrance of Totem Pole Park.
    Butte Ave:  SOUTH side of street from Third to Kapushion Annex Alley

  • Volunteer

    The Alley Loop relies on close to 100 event volunteer’s to pull off this atypical nordic ski race.  To make the Alley Loop a success, we’re seeking Course Marshals, Registration Receptionist, Start & Finish Line Assistants, Pub Ski Operatives, and more!

    Click the link below to view volunteer shifts and to sign up!

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    Volunteers will receive a Commemorative Poster & Soft Flask as thank you items.