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Opening Day!

For Pass Pick-Up, Retail, & Ski Service

Saturday, November 12

We’re excited to get into the winter season on Saturday, November 12. The recent snows with more in the forecast have us all jazzed about the potential to open with trails on the Bench ready to ski. After the last storm, folks have been enjoying some glide up around Lily Lake and Splain’s Gulch. Hinging on a USFS permit, CB Nordic may begin to groom Lily Lake if we do not have enough snow in town to begin grooming on the Bench. Coverage is thin, but skiable up there. So grab your classic skis and enjoy a serene tromp through the woods while waiting for town trails to open up. Stay tuned for future grooming updates!

Things to know about the Nordic Center this season:

We’ll let you know ASAP when groomed trails are open. For now, starting Nov. 12, you can stop by to pick up your pass, drop skis off for service (check out the Hot Box Special below), and shop our retail goods.

Locals checking out the goods at the Snowsports Foundation Annual Ski Swap

Annual Snowsports Foundation Ski Swap

November 4th & 5th

Come out to support access to snow sports activities for local youth by perusing (and perhaps purchasing!) winter sporting equipment and apparel at the annual Snowsports Foundation Ski Swap this coming weekend.

Gear drop off times/locations:

  • Thursday, Nov. 3, noon – 6 p.m. at the 4-way
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square.
Event times/locations:
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 5 – 8 p.m.; Winter Kick Off party and members preview
  • Saturday, Nov. 5 – 9 a.m. – noon; Public Swap
Visit the Snowsports Foundation’s website at the link below to learn more.

Thanksgiving Camp

November 24-27

Does this snow have you anxious to get out skiing? Make sure you start on the right foot by joining us for our annual on-snow Thanksgiving Camp. We’re offering clinics for adults, teens, and kids, as well as the first race in our Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series. To learn more or to register for the best ski-learning weekend in the country, click the link below.

Thanksgiving Camp skills clinic on trails near Crested Butte
Sunny race day gliding near Crested Butte

Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series

More opportunities for winter fun!

Returning with the winter season, the Pinnacle Orthopedic Community Races are back! The series kick off with the first race as part of our annual Thanksgiving Camp on November 27 and culminates on February 11, offering five races in total. Options included are kids races at 1-3k distances and adult races that build from 5k to 15k, just in time for the Alley Loop Nordic Marathon, and ending with a post Alley Loop relay event out at Magic Meadows. Join us as race prep for the Alley Loop, or simply for the fun and camaraderie of racing with your nordic community. Register for the whole series by Nov. 26 and receive a 20% discount!

Interested in being a part of the events, but not as a racer? Help out as a volunteer! Email Becky at to learn more.

Alley Loop Registration is Open!

25% until November 25

Whether you’re a seasoned Alley Looper, challenging yourself with a longer distance, or joining us for your first race, now is the time to register for the world famous Alley Loop. Following a similar format to last year, racers can hit the tracks early in longer distance races and then hop on the 5k with friends for a fun, costumed cool-down. Early Bird pricing available now through Nov. 24; on Nov. 25 prices go up to full! Check out the schedule online and be sure to register soon for 25% off!

Swift skier on course at the Alley Loop with well costumed spectators
Crested Butte Nordic staff photo

Join Our Team

CB Nordic is Hiring

Want to join a fun team? CB Nordic is hiring! We do work hard . . . but we also know how to play hard. Right now open positions include a full-time Development & Marketing Director, part-time Front Desk, and part-time Nordic Team coaches. We’re accepting applications now!

Hot Box Special

$35 from Nov. 12 - Dec. 12

One of the best things you can do for your skiing is to take care of your skis. Start the season right by having your skis “hot boxed”. Drop off your skis starting opening day on November 12 until December 13 for a $35 Hot Box treatment, regularly priced at $50. The Hot Box is a deep wax treatment that will help to protect your bases and give you better glide! Drop them off at our front desk any day of the week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting opening day. Reserve your ski service online!

Fischer Skis demo fleet and CB Nordic snowcat outside the warming house
Group photo of youth program participants and coaches

Junior Programs Need Volunteers

Do Good, Feel Better!

Looking for a way to get outside and give back to the community this winter? The CB Nordic Junior Team is looking for volunteers to help with after school sessions. A commitment of one or more afternoons per week supports the wellbeing and development of our local young people and earns you a season pass! For more information or to sign up, contact Alex Reidman at

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.