The Nordic News

A skier heads home with Mt. Crested Butte and the setting sun in the background.

The Outpost Finish Line

We only have $7,500 left to raise!

We are so close! Winter is here, and so is The Outpost. You’ve helped us reach this milestone, and now the finish line is in sight. Can you help us close the gap? Next time you’re on 2nd Street, stop by the Nordic Center; we’d love to give you a tour.

This latest storm was a great reminder that it’s time to buy your season pass, sign up for Masters, and register the kids for youth programs. We’d love to help you make the most out of winter.

We are thrilled to share that The Bench trails will be open starting Saturday, November 11th. Until that time, please remember our trails are not open to the public. Check the CB Nordic website for updates, trail openings, and the grooming report as the season progresses.

See you on the trails soon!

A CB Nordic Team member smiles in the sun.

The Outpost

The finish line is right around the corner!

We’re closing in, on all fronts! The insulation is going in this week, and that means drywall is next. You should also expect to see the Outpost’s exterior siding begin to go up in the coming weeks. We’re also thrilled to share that our fundraising gap is now only $7,500. That’s only 15 $500 donations. Can you help us close the gap in time for winter?

Thank you for helping us grow into a brighter and better version of ourselves.

The State of Nordic Operations

Bench Trails to Welcome Skiers on November 11th!

A few words from Kevin Krill, our Operations Manager – If you haven’t been to the Nordic Center recently, it is worth a drive by. We are deep in Outpost construction. Nothing is ever normal, and this fall is no exception. By Thanksgiving, we hope to gain more of our Training Area back so that we’re ready to host lessons and programming without a hitch. This is, of course, dependent on snowfall.

Speaking of snowfall, did anyone notice it snowed this weekend? It is always amazing how fast the landscape transforms. We are thrilled to share that The Bench trails will be open starting Saturday, November 11th. Until that time, please remember our trails are not open to the public. The majority of Nordic Center trails utilize private trail easements and do not allow for preseason skiing – please help us maintain positive landowner relations by respecting private property.

What’s the status of Lily Lake? Given the abundance of early-season snow in town, our priority is to prepare and maintain our in-town trails for opening day on November 11th. In particular, our focus is on the Bench Trails. Should the weather turn (significantly warm-up), we will consider grooming Lily Lake. For now, thanks for your patience and we cannot wait to welcome you on the Bench Trails next Saturday, November 11th.

In the meantime, we encourage you to enjoy the abundance of public land surrounding the Town. Thanks to everyone who is as excited to ski as I am!

The snowcat leaves the cat barn for a night groom.
An artistic group poses in costume at the Alley Loop.

Alley Loop Registration

Prices Increase on November 23rd!

Sad that Halloween is over? Good thing Alley Loop registration is open so you can start planning your next costume adventure. We’re introducing wave starts in the 21k distances this year to give your butterfly wings more room to spread out on the trail. Prices go up on November 23rd. What are you waiting for? Sign the whole family up today.

Ski Swap - November 10th and 11th

Don't miss out on great gear!

Support access to snowsports activities for local youth at the annual ski swap. Take advantage of great deals on gear sales from CB Nordic.

Drop your gear off:
Wednesday, 11/8: Old Rock Jail from 9 – 11 AM
Thursday, 11/9: Chamber 4-Way from Noon – 5 PM
Thursday, 11/9: Taylor Hall Front Parking Lot at Western from 6 – 7:30 PM
Friday, 11/10: Lodge at Mountaineer Square from 9 – 11 AM

Shop for gear:
Friday, 11/10: Lodge at Mountaineer Square (members only) from 5 – 8 PM
Saturday, 11/11: Lodge at Mountaineer Square from 9 AM – 12 PM

Visit the Snowsports Foundation website for more information.

Skiers rejoice with their poles in the air.
A skier heads uphill in their CB Nordic uniform.

Nordic Center Updates

Opening Day is November 11th

Starting November 11th, we’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all your nordic needs. Stop by and pick up your season pass (or bring your old pass back for a new sticker).

We’re offering a hot box special again from
November 11th – December 11th for just $35.

Once again, we’re offering CB Nordic apparel through Jackroo. Shop for adult and children’s warm-ups, vests, jackets, and hats. Use this link and the password CBNordic. Sales are open now through November 10th. Orders will be delivered to CB Nordic around November 24th.

Volunteers Needed!

Get involved with our Community Outreach Programs

Crested Butte Nordic needs a few Spanish-speaking nordic skiers to come interpret and ski with our Community Outreach groups. Lessons will take place on five scheduled Saturdays throughout the season beginning in January. We can provide rentals and equipment. If you’re interested, please email Joellen Fonken, our Programs Manager, at

A participant smiles during Community Outreach programming.
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City Market

Sign up for Community Rewards!

Are you shopping at City Market more than usual these days? City Market Community Rewards can benefit CB Nordic every time you shop at no additional cost to you! Sign into your digital account, search for Crested Butte Nordic in community rewards under the rewards tab, and enroll with us. Who knew holiday shopping could be so fun!

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.