The Nordic News

Winter Nordic News title photo with skier on groomed track

Happy Holidays

From Crested Butte Nordic

With the Holiday Season upon us there’s much to be merry about. Our big news of late is the arrival of our long awaited new snow cat! After many months as CB Nordic’s lone cat, “Matilda” has been joined by “Snowbiwan” to tag team the grooming needs of our trail system. With a Christmas blizzard in the forecast, fingers crossed we’ll be able to get our full trail system open by the New Year.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of fun to get involved in. This past weekend, Ruthie’s Run up on the Bench played host to the Junior National Qualifier event. Roughly 230 racers came out to compete in skate and classic events and we are so grateful to our CB community for their abundant support of our young people!

On the horizon, we have yurt dinners starting this week. We have lessons, tours, and rentals available daily. The Town of Crested Butte got the Big Mine Ice Rink open for skating this past week and we have skates ready for you to take a spin on the ice. January marks the return of Sunday Bistro and our first ever series of Yurt Trivia nights. Read on for more.

Shop dog at CB Nordic enjoy some down time at the office

Holiday Hours

We'll be open

The Nordic Center, located at 620 Second St., will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. This includes Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. A quick reminder that holidays are busy at CB Nordic. Please reserve equipment and purchase passes online to avoid long waits and to claim you gear before we run out of your size.

Holiday Gift Wishes

For Junior Team Biathlon
The CB Nordic Junior Team is asking for specialized Nerf equipment for upcoming biathlon and obstacle course races. By using Nerf foam, we can make these events safe enough to include even the youngest of racers. The Team will need 12 items to fully outfit the event. Please visit the selected page on Amazon to purchase and ship to:
Crested Butte Nordic
620 2nd Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224
These races are open to all youth in the Gunnison Valley. Prospective racers can email Alex at to register. Not participating, but still want to be involved? Come out to cheer on our young racers! Biathlon is on Jan. 25 followed by an Obstacle Course Race on Mar. 15.
After school kids programs in session at CB Nordic
Masters group in session on groomed trails near Crested Butte

Masters Second Session

Coming Up on Jan. 3

We’ve had a successful start to our Masters session for the winter season and are looking forward to the next round. If you’re interested in learning skills, meeting fun people to ski with, or simply looking for something to get you out on the trails every week, our Masters Program is just what you need. Interested, but not sure where to start? Check out the Masters Program Guide to discover which class is right for you. There are three more 3-week sessions to choose from with the next one starting on Jan. 3. Get into Masters and get out there.

Community Wax Bench

Open for Business

We are happy to announce the return of our indoor community wax bench. After spending the last two years outside due to public health and safety needs, the bench has officially been returned to its former indoor location to accommodate the dedicated self waxing skiers. Have your own specialized waxing bench at home? Remember to stop by anytime to shop our tuning supply retail to replenish your stores.

Crested Butte Nordic Team athletes waxing skis in the warming house
Young skiers waiting for their turn to race

Holiday Kids Program

Youth Adventure Sessions

Sign your kids up for exciting and engaging half-day nordic adventures! Programs are available every day between Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m except Christmas Day. Local and visiting kids will enjoy ski touring through our forested trails, picnicking in the sunshine, and exploring new terrain. Skiers will focus on fun through learning safe and efficient nordic skiing. Winter adventure skills, shelter building, and mountain awareness will be presented in age appropriate skill sessions. Click the link below to learn more and register your kiddo for some good winter fun over the holidays.

Dog Etiquette on Trails

Please Observe for Enjoyment of All

We have had multiple complaints about irresponsible dog owners. Reports of raw dog poop on the trail, dogs chasing, barking and nipping skiers and abandoned poop bags laying on the trail.

If you bring your dog to ski on the Crested Butte Nordic trails you must abide by our Dog Trail Policies. We love to be able to offer dog friendly trails, but this is a privilege that must be maintained by the care of dog owners.


Keep dogs under control. Do not allow dogs to chase or bark at other skiers.

Poo bags are not allowed to be left on trails anywhere for any length of time. Dog doo carrying clips are available for purchase at the warming house to make it easier to carry bags with you.

For the love of dog, please do not look the other way when your dog poops on the trail. Unclaimed poop is smelly, unsightly, ecologically toxic, and makes a nasty mess of the grooming tillers.

Do your part to keep our trails clean and open to our furry friends.

Dog ski out Mike's Mile near Crested Butte

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.