The Nordic News

Winter Nordic News title photo with skier on groomed track

Sunny Days on Snow

Masters, Races, and Bistro, Oh My!

The Alley Loop may be behind us, but we’ve still got plenty of snowy activity in the works at CB Nordic, from races to Masters to fun Yurt events. So rock those snow dances, keep your skis on deck, and join us in celebrating some mid-winter awesome!

Coming up this month we have Learn to Ski FREECommunity Race #8, and the 16th Annual Gothic Mountain Tour. For the month of February only, take 30% off tours booked during February.

Thank you to all of our skiers who have hung in there with us during this high, dry, and cold spell. It has been a grooming challenge for weeks. We know the tracks are firm and shallow. Our groomers are doing the best they can with what they’ve got. The generous snow during the Santa Slammer got us up fully open and the skiing was fantastic, for a while. We are hoping to make the most of the deep base and growing daylight hours as we inch towards spring. Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have some fresh snow to groom . . . . Keep eyes on our Trail Report for recent updates.

A few notes and reminders about trails. We are continuing to ask folks to please ski with dogs on Pooches, the Beaver Trail, Town Ranch, and the Rec Path, leaving Mike’s Mile to the moose. With the persistent dry spell, all off-trail adventures have become glaringly obvious and unsightly. A significant portion of our trail system is made possible by the generosity of the land owners whose property those trails are established on, as well as easements the CB Land Trust. We ask that you please, stick to the groomed trails to avoid any potential trespassing.

Crested Butte youth racers sporting new bibs

Community Race this Weekend

Fun Partners Relay

Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race #8 is Saturday, Feb. 19. This will be a two-person team relay on the Magic Meadows race loop, starting and finishing at the Yurt. The youth race will be a shortened version of the adult loop. Come join us for this fun race format concluding with an after party at the yurt.

February Tours Special

30% of Tours this Month

CB Nordic is offering 30% off all tours booked during the month of February. If you’re new in town or have folks coming in to visit, this is a great way to get out and explore some of the amazing public lands surrounding Crested Butte. For more information or to book a tour, visit the Lessons and Tours page to sign up and learn more. The discount will automatically be applied during registration.

Snowshoe tour going out Slate River near Crested Butte
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Featured Sponsor of February

Benchmark Mortgage

Benchmark Mortgage has joined our dynamic list of supporters in helping CB Nordic spread the joys of skiing and winter fun. They supported us greatly as the premier sponsor of the 36th Annual Alley Loop and are this month’s featured sponsor. Navigating the financial side of real estate investment can feel tricky and overwhelming. The folks over at Benchmark can help ease your concerns with their unique local knowledge and deep understanding of mortgage lending options to help you make informed financial decisions that fit in with your unique financial goals. You can get in touch with them today at (970) 713-0901 or visit their website at

Val & Pat's GT Outpost Fundraiser

AKA Giving Back

The call is out! Valerie Poulin and Pat O’Neill are racing this years Winter Grand Traverse for a Higher Order – to give back to an organization that does so much to support our community at large. Their request to you is simple: be the wind beneath their wings on our way to Aspen while supporting a crucial and long overdue capital improvements project at CBNC. You can donate to Val & Pat’s cause by visiting their fundraiser page at

Big smiles for Crested Butte locals out skiing
Bluebird skies on snow at a Masters clinic

Community, Comradery, Masters

Fourth Session starts March 1

Looking to brush up on your technique? Or just get some regular instruction on the nuances of nordic skiing? Perhaps you’re just looking to connect with similarly skilled skiers to enjoy the sun and snow with. Our Masters Classes will continue through the spring with the fourth session starting on March 1st. Sign up today to reserve your spot in this thriving community of skiers.

Learn to Ski, for FREE!

Every Friday

Ready to dip your toe in the nordic ski waters, but not sure if you want to go all in? Try one of our Learn to Ski Free clinics! Join us on Fridays at 10:30 for classic or noon for skate. Each class is limited in size so you get good attention from the instructor. Please limit yourself to one class per skier per season, though, so others can have a chance to join! Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Sign up soon to reserve your spot. More information and a link to register can be found on the Masters page at

Participants outside Crested Butte Nordic in a Learn to Ski for Free lesson
Magic Meadows Yurt in full winter snow

Sunday Bistro

Brunch at the Yurt

This Sunday, Feb. 20, we will host another Bistro at the Magic Meadows yurt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bistro serves organic pastries, teas, chai, fruit and soup, local coffee, delicious pie and festive, refreshing libations to be enjoyed next to a warm fire or out on our sunny deck. Grab your skis and trail pass and head on out to the yurt.

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Be Part of Our Community

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Crested Butte Nordic depends on your support to keep our trails world-class and our programs top-notch. Thank you for all the time, energy, and money you donate to make us a true community nordic center.