Alley Loop

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February 2nd, 2019


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 Kick Off – Talk of the Town
    7:30 p.m. – Pub Ski Awards – Talk of the Town

    7-10 a.m. – Late Registration at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    7-10 a.m.– Race Day Bib Pick-Up at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    1:00 p.m – 42k Flower Ceremony – Finish Line Expo
    1:15 p.m – 1k & 3k Podium Ceremony – Finish Line Expo
    4:00 p.m. – Awards Banquet & Raffle – Bonez

    Start Times
    9:00 a.m. – 42K CLASSIC : 3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m
    9:05 a.m. – 21K CLASSIC
    9:20 a.m. – 42K SKATE :  3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:20 p.m
    9:25 a.m. – 21K COLLEGIATE
    9:26 a.m. – 21K SKATE
    9:35 a.m. – 10K 
    9:40 a.m. – 5K
    12:15 p.m. – 3K & 1K

  • Course Maps

     Study these maps carefully.  There are several branching intersection on course.  It is your responsibility as a racer to know your race course.  Critical intersections are signed and have course marshals.  Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the racer to proceed correctly on course.

    42K CLASSIC : 3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m
    42K SKATE :  3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:20 p.m

  • 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 Male & Female – Prize Packages
    Presented by

    All 42k’s finishing in under 3 hours receive
    Sub 3-Hour Marathon Achievement Bell

    21k, 10k & 5k
    Top 3 Male & Female – Prize Packages
    Presented by

    1k & 3k Youth
    Every finisher awarded with a metal!

    Age Categories
    Winners receive commemorative pint glass

    42k, 21k, 10k & 5k:

    8 – 15
    16 – 19
    20 – 29
    30 – 39
    40 – 49
    50 – 59
    60 – 69
    70 – 79
    1k Youth & 3k Youth:


    1 – 7
    8 – 11
    12 – 14

  • 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 Night Before the Race 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 Thursday night (12:01 AM, Friday, February 2nd)  until Saturday, February 3rd,  4:00 PM.

    Please plan to park or move your vehicle from the following locations ahead of the
    dates/times listed below.

    THURSDAY Night – (12:01 AM, Friday, February 2nd )  until
    SATURDAY,  February 3rd at 4:00 PM

    Full closure: No driving, no parking:
    Elk Avenue : From the West End (Old Kebler)  to  1st  Street
    Elk / Maroon Alley: between 1st Street  and  2nd Street
    Teocalli / Butte Alley:  between 2nd Street  and  3rd Street

    No Parking, alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:
    3rd Street:  EAST side of Street from Totem Pole Park  to  Teocalli
    3rd Street:  WEST side of Street from Teocalli to  Butte Ave.

    FRIDAY Night – (12:01 AM, Saturday,  February 3rd)  until 
    SATURDAY,  February 3
    rd at 4:00 PM

    Full Closure: No Parking, no driving:
    1st  Street: Either side of street from Beckwith Ave  to  Maroon

    No Parking, alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:
    2nd Street: EAST side right-of-way from Gothic / Teocalli Alley  to  Teocalli / Butte Alley
    Gothic / Teocalli Alley: between 2nd Street  and  3rd Street

    Crested Butte Nordic apologizes for these inconveniences, while also expressing our  appreciation to the community for accommodating this most unique Nordic ski event!

  • Volunteer

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

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


    Volunteers receive a commemorative thank you item, in addition to a voucher to claim a beer at the finish expo!