The Nordic News

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

The Nordic Center is Open

It's time to ski!

The Nordic Center is open! There are groomed trails in town and at Lily Lake. So, it’s time to ski in this beautiful November weather while we do our snow dances.

Now is a great time to come pick up your season pass! Bring back your pass from last year for an updated 2023-2024 sticker, and help us save some plastic. Don’t forget season passes come with a whole bunch of perks:

  • 5 free ski or snowshoe rentals
  • 30% off private lessons
  • 30% off tours
  • $50 off yurt dinners (email [email protected] for a refund)

It’s not too late to get access to unlimited skiing! Purchase your season pass today.

Youth program registration is open. Sign your kids up for nordic skiing, backcountry courses, and biathlon today. Programming begins the week after Thanksgiving.

Masters Community registrations have been strong. We don’t cap sessions; instead, we’ll add additional instructors to keep our ratios sound. Registration for each month’s sessions will close at 5 p.m. the Friday before the first meeting. For example, for December sessions that meet on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th, registration will close on December 1st at 5 p.m. Thank you for signing up early! Due to popular demand, new Adult Biathlon Masters Sessions have been added on SATURDAYS in January and February (in addition to Wednesday sessions).

Here’s to a great winter season. See you on the trails!

A lego groomer!

Trail Updates

What to expect when you head out!

Lily Lake was groomed on Thursday, November 9th. The meadow is looking good and groomed for skating. The approach is somewhat treacherous. We recommend AT gear or snowshoes for the commute up the hill. Parking is tight up there and may require 4-wheel capabilities. We recommend parking at the Y and walking to the trailhead. Practice safe backcountry travel and always go with a buddy.

There’s good skiing to be had on the Bench Trails above the Nordic Center, but similar to Lily Lake, the approach is rocky and muddy. We recommend walking up the hill and changing into ski boots at the stadium. Please remember, trail passes are required on The Bench.

We’re heading out Thursday or Friday to put in the last of the bridges. Email Kevin Krill, [email protected], if you can join us!

And for more trail news, a word from CBMR:
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is proud once again to offer FREE uphill access for the 2023/24 winter season. Guests must call the uphill access hotline at 970-349-2345 to see if uphill access is open that day before heading to the mountain. When open, uphill travel is allowed only on the designated route from 4:30 pm to 8:45 a.m. Violating closures and skinning outside designated areas may result in the removal of your ski pass or a trespassing charge. Please help us to keep the uphill program for years to come by abiding by all policies and procedures.

Hot Box Special

Only $35 until December 11th!

You can wax your skis yourself or drop them off at the Nordic Center for a wax or hot box service ($15 off until December 11th). If you would like to learn to do this yourself, our staff can help you choose the appropriate wax and tools. If that sounds like too much, keep it simple; let us do it for you. Skis can be dropped off at the Nordic Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Head Coach, Ben Theyerl, demonstrates best ski waxing practice.
Racers compete in the Community Race Series.

Pinnacle Orthopedics
Community Race Series

Three fun races plus the Beer Ski!

Join us for three action-packed Saturday races in December and January. Kids’ races start at 9:30 a.m., and adult races start at 10 a.m. Kids 16 and under race for free. Adult entry is $20/race.

End your nordic season with the 3rd annual Beer Ski. Entry is $100/team or $45/solo. Tentative schedule on website.

Sign up for all four races by December 8th and receive a 25% discount.

December 9, 2023
5k Solstice Classic / 3k Kids’ Race – Ruthie’s Run
100% of race proceeds benefit the CB Nordic Comp Team

January 13, 2024
10k Freestyle / 5k Burley Buster / 3k Kids’ Race – Location TBD

January 20, 2024
20k Freestyle / 20k or 5k Skijoring / 3k Kids Race – Location TBD

April 13, 2024
4 Beers over 4 Laps / Relay or Solo – Magic Meadows Yurt

Colorado Gives Day

December 5, 2023

Colorado Gives Day enables your gift to do more for the nonprofits you love. The $1+ million Incentive Fund boosts your gift, adding to the total each nonprofit receives. You can schedule your gift anytime between now and December 5th. If you’re planning a year-end gift to CB Nordic, please give through Colorado Gives Day. Thank you!

Kids enjoy Ski for PE on the West Side Trails.
A Grand Traverse Team heads into the Richmond Ridge rollers.

Grand Traverse Registration

Triple Crown Registration - November 17th

Are you traversing this year? Registration opens at midnight on December 1st for the iconic Grand Traverse. Find a partner and ski 40 miles through the night from Crested Butte to Aspen. Be sure to sign up quickly, as this event always sells out.

You can secure a ski spot early with Triple Crown registration when you sign up for the ski, bike, and run all in the 2024 calendar year. There are 45 spots available for the ultimate mountain athlete.

Alley Loop Registration

Prices Increase November 23rd

We’re ready for the 38th annual Alley Loop on February 3rd. Are you? Register today before prices increase on November 23rd. Check out the full Alley Loop schedule to find a race for everyone in the family. We’re excited to bring back the Nordic Club Clash. And new for 2024, we’re adding more alleys, wave starts in the 21k divisions, and an adaptive 10k race.

An Alley Loop skier shows off his colorful wig.
Montanya Rum showing off lakeside.

Montanya Rum

November Sponsor of the Month

We’re thrilled to announce another year of partnership with Montanya Rum. Our local rum distillery is a women-owned, sustainability-motivated, and locally crafted brand. Montanya invests in our community in several ways, not least of which is supporting CB Nordic. Visit their tasting room at 204 Elk Avenue or shop online. You can also enjoy Montanya Rum cocktails at our Magic Meadows Yurt DInners.

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.