The Nordic News

Winter Nordic News title photo with skier on groomed track

Closing Time

But you have 11 days of nordic left!

That’s right, friends. We have 11 more days of nordic skiing! We’ll keep grooming through Sunday, April 10, as long as conditions allow. Trail passes are still required and the rules of the trail still apply. Please remember to pick up after your dog, to walk only on designated walking trails, and to stay on trail. We’ll be closing up shop pretty quickly after the 10th, so please make sure ALL rentals are returned by 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 (even if it’s been hiding in your garage for a week . . . we won’t judge!).

Until we’re actually closed, feel free to swing by the Nordic Center for 30% off all merchandise–that’s 10% more off than last week! We will not be selling our rental equipment this spring because it may not be replaced for us in the fall. We ARE selling all wax, ski wear, tools, t-shirts and more at a deep discount. Our staff would also just like to have someone to talk to next week. Please come by to keep our spirits up during these gray days of mud season!

Thank you to everyone for making this season one to remember. From lessons to Masters, Alley Loop to the GT, mini-striders to the Junior Nationals, and everything in between–we are so grateful for what you contribute to our community. We literally don’t exist without you and all your awesome spirit!

Mass start for the Grand Traverse Ski on Mt Crested Butte

Grand Traverse this Weekend

Sunday - 12:00 a.m. - CBMR Base Area

The big shebang is back! After a couple years of COVID-hurdles, the Grand Traverse Ski race is back in full force. We’ll kick things off on Friday night with Athlete Clearance at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square and a live filming of the Totally Deep Podcast presented by Cripple Creek Backcountry and Dynafit at 5 p.m., featuring GT Champions Cam Smith and John Gaston as guests. Public are welcome! Saturday night, join us for the start of the race at midnight (Sunday morning, technically). It’s always quite the show, but this year will be extra special with an art installation by local artist Heather Bischoff. Then you can follow racers via live tracking online, or join us at the finish line at Gondola Plaza in Aspen.

Last Few Days to

Donate to Pat & Val's GT Fundraiser
With the Grand Traverse starting at midnight on Saturday night, we have just three days left for you to participate in Pat O’Neill and Val Poulin’s GT fundraiser. This amazing team is doing the GT this year in honor of CB Nordic’s planned facilities expansion, The Outpost. Since 2012, Crested Butte Nordic has hosted the Grand Traverse as a fundraiser for our nonprofit nordic ski center. CB Nordic has reached a tipping point and is in dire need of expanded facilities. The Outpost will provide 2,880 square-feet of additional space for CB Nordic programming and will allow the current Nordic Center to much better serve the diverse public that comes through its doors. You can help Pat and Val reach their goal! Plus, if you donate $40 or more (in honor of their 40 miles) you’ll be entered to win these great prizes donated by our sponsors, Montane and Dynafit

 How does it work?

  • Go to: Pat O’Neill and Val Poulin’s GT fundraiser
  • Make a donation of $40 or more.
  • Enter your name and contact info correctly.
  • Pat and Val ski to Aspen on April 3.
  • We’ll draw winners the Tuesday after the GT! We’ll let you know if you won via email.
Flyer for Crested Butte Nordic Outpost project giving raffle
Young skier gets help from a volunteer at Crested Butte Nordic

Did you volunteer this season?

Volunteer Appreciation Party - April 9

Let us say thank you! Join us at Bonez on Saturday, April 9 from 12 – 2 for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. Whether you helped with the 2021 Summer GT, the 2021 Grin & Bear It, the Junior Programs, Trail Hosting, or even this week’s GT–you’re invited! RSVP (whether or not you can make it) so we can get an accurate count of how many hours you volunteered. Thank you for all your help in making this season a success!

Spring Skiing Reminders

Know Where to Go

One note on spring “off trail” skiing: when the trails are closed, that doesn’t mean you can go wherever you want. If you want to have groomed trails in the future, please respect private land. The large majority of our trails are on private land, which means you cannot just ski there on your own. There is old mining infrastructure, delicate ecosystems, and nesting birds to respect, not to mention you’re likely skiing through someone’s backyard! If you’re still skiing, please head to BLM or National Forest lands, like out Washington Gulch or Slate River. Thank you!

Spring skiing scene near Crested Butte
Beer Ski Champs chugging beer before they ski at the Magic Meadows Yurt

Beer Ski Success

That was so fun.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first-ever World Championship Beer Ski. With 7 relay teams, 3 individuals, and a gaggle of spectators, this community celebration was a great success. More than just this one event, thank you to everyone who raced and volunteered with us all season to make the Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race series a success. Cheers to next season!

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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.