The Nordic News

Winter Nordic News title photo with skier on groomed track

In the February Groove

The snow and events keep on coming

First off, a huge thank you to all who came out to make the 37th Alley Loop a great success. This is our biggest event of the year and it wouldn’t be what it is without the vast number of volunteers, officials, and racers of all ages and abilities. For this, we thank you!

With the Alley Loop in the rear view, we are easing into our February groove. We’ve still got plenty of good times in the works at CB Nordic. From educational tours to Masters to fun Yurt events, we hope you’ll get in the groove with us. So, keep rocking those snow dances, keep your skis on deck, and join us in celebrating some mid-winter awesome!

Thanks to recent snow and more on the way, our trails are skiing like velvet. As totals increase overnight and another storm moves in late next week, be prepared to adjust your intended outings as avalanche danger may close Mike’s Mile and Paradise Park. Stay tuned to our Trail Report for daily updates on trail conditions and closures.

Coming up this month we have Learn to Ski FREEYoga at the Yurt, and the 17th Annual Gothic Mountain Tour. If you’re looking to get out with a guide, take 20% off tours for our Sweetheart Special going on through the month of February. Lastly, a quick reminder that there will be no Sunday Bistro at the Yurt as it will be serving as the finish line for the Gothic Mountain Tour.

Crested Butte sunrise illuminating a string of Gothic Mountain Tour racers

Gothic Mountain Tour

Sunday, Feb. 19

We are in the 17th year of hosting this unique event and are looking forward to another majestic circumnavigation of Gothic Mountain, skimo style. This 22 mile backcountry tour leaves from Town Ranch to ascend the shoulder of Mt. Crested Butte before traveling out Gothic road, around the north aspect of Gothic Mountain before dropping into Slate River to finish at the Magic Meadows Yurt. Boasting an accumulated vert of 5,000 feet, this is a fantastic training tour for the Grand Traverse. The GMT is full for this year, but click the link below to learn more and consider joining us next year!
Interested in volunteering? Email Shay at

February Tours Special

20% of Tours this Month

Snowshoe or Ski Tours are 20% off for the month of February. Our experienced and friendly guides will take you safely into the backcountry around Crested Butte. Half and full-day tours available. All tours are private and rental equipment is included. Register online via the lessons and tours tab with discount code “sweetheart” to receive the discount.

Group of snowshoers having fun in the snow near Crested Butte
Yoga at the Yurt flyer

Yoga at the Yurt

Series starts this Saturday

Join us to experience the bliss of yoga in a unique, rustic-chic setting. Starting this Saturday, Feb. 18, Thrive Yoga will be offering classes out at the Magic Meadows Yurt from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. This is part of an eight class series that runs through Apr. 8. $40 per person includes the Fireside Yoga class, use of a travel mat provided by Thrive, tea, and a trail pass to get to and from the yurt. Fee does not include ski gear, which can be rented from CB Nordic. Sign up online at the Thrive website at

CB Land Trust Field Trip

Meet with CBAC

Ski or snowshoe with CBLT staff members out to the Magic Meadows Yurt where you’ll meet representatives from partner organizations to learn about the work they do on conserved lands. On Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., staff from the Crested Butte Avalanche Center will share and demo some of the great work that they do to keep our community safe in the backcountry. Skiers meet at the Gronk, snowshoers meet at the Alien Shack, refreshments provided at the Yurt. Can’t make on the 24th? Not to worry, there is another outing with the Land Trust on Friday, Mar. 24 featuring the Crested Butte Museum. For more information, email Jess at

Skiers on groomed trails with Paradise Divide backdrop near Crested Butte
Learn to ski free participants at the warming house practice field

Upcoming Clinic Opportunities

Learn to Ski FREE or join Masters

Ready to dip your toe in the nordic ski waters, but not sure if you want to go all in? Our Learn to Ski FREE program will continue through the end of February. Classes occur on Fridays with Classic at 10:30 a.m. and Skate at noon. Rentals are included, pre-registration is required, and classes are limited, so be sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot! More information and a link to register can be found online on our Masters page.
If you’ve been looking to brush up on your technique, or are interested in getting some regular instruction on the nuances of nordic skiing, sign up for Masters. Our fourth and final session begins on March 7th, so it’s not too late to get those tips that could be the game changer you’ve been looking for. Check out our Program Guide to learn more or sign up at to secure your spot.

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.