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A Few Short Weeks

Until Opening Day!

Season Pass Prices Go Up Nov. 1

It’s that time! Night time temps are regularly dropping below freezing and storms are in the forecast. Fingers-crossed we’ll have snow on The Bench on November 12 so we can start skiing on opening day.

In the meantime, mark your calendar for our Annual Fall Potluck! We will be gathering this Friday, October 21, outside under the cover of the Big Mine Ice Arena from 4 – 6pm.

Make sure you get your Season Passes by October 31. Prices go up Nov. 1!

Additionally, Masters Community registration is now open and will likely fill up! Sign up soon to secure your spot.

Read on below for our other fun programs and events that will help you get more out of winter.

Classic skiers on Red Lady Loops near Crested Butte

Get Your Season Pass

Prices go up Nov. 1
It’s time, folks! You have about two weeks to get your season pass at early-bird prices. Passes are 20% off through October 31. Season passes provide:
  • 50 km. of trails for skate skiing, classic skiing, and snowshoeing
  • 5 free rentals any time in the season
  • Free children’s passes for kids in your household
  • Children’s season passes come with unlimited free rentals
  • Discounts on private ski lessons and backcountry tours

Don’t miss the worm!

Annual Potluck - Oct. 21

An Outside Meal with Friends New & Old
Join us October 21 from 4 – 6 pm at the Big Mine Ice Arena for an Outside Annual Potluck & Meeting. This party is a great time to get together with friends, learn about what’s new at CB Nordic, and get excited for the season. But instead of meeting indoors, we’ll be gathering outside in the late afternoon so that we can enjoy camaraderie with lots of fresh air.

Bring your family and friends to get excited about the upcoming winter. Please bring a dish to share!

Outdoor potluck spread with happy community faces
Masters skills clinic out on trails near Crested Butte

Ski Better, Have More Fun

Join the Masters Community.

Practice makes perfect, they say. But you know the revision: PERFECT practice makes perfect. How do you perfect your nordic skiing? With small-group coaching and individualized tips, just like those found in our Masters Community clinics. Our coaches will help make sure you’re getting the right kinds of practice in the right sequence to help you improve your skate or classic technique. With classes for every ability and interest, we truly are striving to offer a Masters clinic for everyone!

Thanksgiving Camp

The best learn-to-ski weekend in the country.

Ready to start your season on the right ski? Join us for our on-snow Thanksgiving Camp! With a wide variety of clinics for all levels of skier, including a Devo program for U16 skiers and a Kids Camp for ages 5-12, we can get the whole family moving in the right direction. You can do one clinic or something different every day!

Thanksgiving Camp class practicing skills on snow
Group of costumed Alley Loop participants enjoying a sunny race day in Crested Butte

Register for Alley Loop Today!

Prices go up Nov. 25.

While it may seem a bit early to be thinking about your nordic marathon aspirations for the coming year, we never think it’s too early to set some inspiring goals to keep you moving and motivated. In previous years, there have been staggered tiers in Alley Loop pricing, but for the sake of simplicity we are doing a two tier price structure this year, meaning that prices go up to full on Nov. 25. Register for the Alley Loop today to lock in the early bird price!

Stone Grinding Special

Get skis in by Oct. 31

Crested Butte Nordic is partnering with Boulder Nordic to bring you a pre-season stone grinding opportunity. Stone grinding is  great way to freshen up your bases to get ready for the coming season. This service works for all track skis, including fish scales and twin skins. If you want to take advantage of this special, drop skis off at CB Nordic by Oct. 31 with this form.

Waxing tech putting the final touches on a pair of skis
Citizens Series racers going the distance on Ruthie's Run near Crested Butte

Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series

Back for Winter Fun
  • Looking to dial in your race pace before the Alley Loop? The Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series kicks off on Nov. 27 with five races on the docket. New this year, receive a 20% discount if registering for the full series by November 26.

Volunteers Needed

Help Mentor Local Youth

Looking for a way to give back to the community? The CB Nordic Junior Team seeks volunteers to help with after school sessions. If you can commit to one or more afternoons per week, we’ll give you a season pass. For more information or to sign up, contact Alex Reidman at

Local youth playing skills games on snow

You Make All the Difference

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.