Alley Loop

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February 2nd, 2019



The Alley Loop is not your typical American Birkebeiner Qualifier.  The course starts, finishes, and progresses through the heart of downtown Crested Butte, while meandering over snow laden streets, narrow alleys, and one lane bridges.  At any given time, you may be cheered on by alley revelers, find yourself surrounded by Oompa Loompa’s, or skiing along side a crazy connected train of costume assemblage…  Racers are sometimes forced into making daring passes, and depending on their luck, may even get waylaid on a bridge for a brief moment.  Once you make it through town, you are rewarded by pristine tracks and epic views on the surrounding Crested Butte Nordic trail network.  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
    3:00 p.m. – Awards Banquet & Raffle – Bonez
    6:30 p.m. – Masters Awards & Wax Bench – Crested Butte Nordic Center “Cat Barn”


    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


    9:30 a.m. – USCSA Regional Qualifier 10k Classic – Ruthie’s Run
    Hosted by Western Colorado University – Mountain Sports Team

    12:00 p.m. – National Masters 5k /10k Classic – Ruthie’s Run
    2:00 p.m. – Masters National US Team Recognition – Crested Butte Nordic Center “Cat Barn”

  • 2019 National Masters

    The Alley Loop has been designated host venue of the
    2019 American Cross Country Skiers National Masters

    Any skier 30+ years of age racing the Alley Loop in their designated National Master distance is automatically considered a National Masters competitor.

    National Masters Official Distances
    – Females & Males –
    30 – 64 years  –  42k Freestyle Alley Loop Marathon
    65 – 74 years  –  21k Freestyle Alley Loop
    75+ years  –  10k Freestyle Alley Loop

    Masters Awards & Wax Bench Social
    Join fellow Masters for an evening social gathering at Crested Butte Nordic – “Cat Barn” – 6:30 PM
    Age class awards will be presented in this cordial atmosphere, allowing racers to celebrate the day’s races, while simultaneously preparing for Sunday’s competition.
    Complimentary Soup and Wine will be served.

    2019 U.S. Masters Team  –  Points Contention
    National Masters racing continues Sunday, February 3rd with a Classic competition!
    Sunday’s event will recognize the overall best competitor in every official age group at the AXCS National Masters, and will be recognized with  U.S. Masters XC Ski Team designation.

    Depending upon your age classification, you will ski 1 to 3 laps of a modified 3.5 km course ( elevation gain/loss – 617 ft. / lap ) on Ruthie’s Run.  Link here to Course Elevation Profile.

  • 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

    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

    Limited quantity of SkiGo Wax Service are available on a reservation 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
    Skis must be dropped off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center on Thursday, or at the very 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 1st
    5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Pub What?
    The Pub Ski is a pub crawl on skis! With Crested Butte’s main drag – Elk Avenue, closed down and groomed with snow, competitors ski between participating venues 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.  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

    RESIDENTIAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS on the following streets and alleys are detailed below.  Please plan to park or move your vehicle from the following locations ahead of the
    dates/times listed below.  We thank you for your cooperation in accommodating this uniquely Crested Butte event!

    THURSDAY Night – (12:01 AM, Friday, February 1st)  until
    SATURDAY,  February 2nd 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
    Sopris / Whiterock Alley:  between 1st Street and 3rd Street

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

    FRIDAY Night – (12:01 AM, Saturday,  February 2nd)  until
    SATURDAY,  February 2nd at 4:00 PM

    Full Closure: No Parking, no driving:
    1st  Street: Either side of street from Whiterock Ave  to  Maroon Ave
    3rd Street: WEST side of Street from  Whiterock / Sopris Alley  to  Elk Ave

    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


  • 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!

    Every volunteer receives a commemorative 2019 Alley Loop Beanie,
    in addition to a voucher to claim a beer at the finish line expo!

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