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Rounding the Bend

Trucking Along But still 6 More Weeks of Winter

March is a great time to assess your winter goals and make some moves to be sure you’ve met them. Try something new by taking a lesson or going on a guided backcountry ski tour. Make that commitment you’ve been talking about and jump into our new 3-week Masters program. Or simply point your skis in a new direction and go explore Slate River, Mill Creek, or Hartman’s (the latter is groomed courtesy of our friends at Gunnison Nordic).

If you haven’t been skiing as much as you’d like, use the last few days of the Magic Meadows Community Ks Fundraiser or this weekend’s Gothic Mountain Tour to get you out the door. We find that one BIG day of skiing often erases 30 days of mostly-not-skiing.

Whatever you do with the next six weeks, make sure you do it with gusto so you finish the season feeling like you truly got the most out of winter!

Magic Meadows Community Ks ends Feb. 28

Just a few days left!
The Magic Meadows Community Ks fundraiser is almost complete! You have just a few days left to put in some laps of the Magic Meadows course to count towards our community’s goal of skiing 1,000 laps or 4,800 kilometers. It’s a big goal, but the CB Nordic Team does big things! Ask any kid involved, but in the words of Katie O’Neill: “Nordic is a super rigorous sport. You have to be on your game and you can’t be lazy. But then it transfers to other things. It’s given me a bigger work ethic in school.” Every lap you ski on our Magic Meadows Course and/or every cent you pledge helps get more kids on skis by helping keep program fees low and buy the new skate equipment they need.
If you’re having trouble registering your kilometers, send your total lap count to and she’ll enter them for you!
Youth skiing for Magic Meadows Community Ks, February 2021
LIV/Sotheby's sponsor logo

LIV Sotheby's CB

Featured February Sponsor

People always say, “you come to CB for the winters, but you stay for the summers.” If you joined CB Nordic this winter and you’re thinking about staying for the summer . . . or for forever (it is pretty good here) . . .  we encourage you to check out our friends at LIV Sotheby’s Crested Butte. The team of agents at Crested Butte Sotheby’s has deep roots in the Gunnison Valley and world-class expertise. Plus, you’ll pretty regularly see a bunch of them on the Nordic Trails! Thank you to LIV Sotheby’s Crested Butte for your support of CB Nordic this winter and making our world-class trails possible.

Fischer Order

Order Deadline - March 10

Did you fall in love with nordic skiing this winter? It’s time to invest in yourself and your future by getting your own up-to-date Fischer skis for next year. We know those skis from your grandma’s garage “still work,” but we’re telling you: a new pair of skis can make a huge difference in how much fun you’re having out there. The outdoor industry has seen unprecedented demand this past year, and we anticipate this trend will continue into next winter. If you want new equipment, it’s critical to place your order now so that your skis, boots, and poles are ready for next fall. We know it seems far away, but if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that time flies . . . oh wait, no. That wasn’t it. It’s that . . . you have to wash your hands. Well, yes, but what it really taught us was to STOCK UP ON STUFF YOU LOVE. Like skis. Carpe SKIEM!

Fischer Skis rep and fleet for demo clinic
Gothic Mountain Tour ski-mountaineering race check point scene

Gothic Mountain Tour This Weekend

Registration Closes Feb. 26

Registration for the 2021 Gothic Mountain Tour will close at the end of the day Friday. There will be NO walk-up registration this year. There are some COVID changes in place, so be sure you review the racer manual before toeing the start line. We do need volunteers to help pull off the GMT. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact

Discounts on Lessons

Weekdays and Season Passholders

While a lot of our local skiers enjoy participating in the Masters Community Clinics, lessons are great if you’re looking for more personalized instruction, a customized schedule, or if you have a group of friends/family with whom you’d like to learn. We offer lessons every day of the week, with 20% off on weekdays AND 20% off for season passholders (you can apply both discounts!). You must reserve lessons at least 24 hours in advance.

Advanced skate ski lesson drill for balance and strength
Crested Butte visitors enjoying a snowshoe tour

Go Explore!

Guided Ski & Snowshoe Tours

Do you want to get to know the area better? Then a guided ski or snowshoe tour is just the ticket. Our experienced guides can take you out into the National Forest around CB and help you familiarize yourself with more backcountry terrain. Tours are fully customizable to your goals, so whether you want to get out with your family or get a rigorous workout in, your guide will craft the day to fit your needs. Please remember to reserve your tour at least 24 hours in advance.

New Masters Sessions

Starting March 7

This year we’re offering 3-week, as well as 6-week, Masters Community clinics. A new round of 3-week clinics are starting March 7. These clinics meet twice a week to give you a concentrated dose of instruction to help you take your skiing to the next level. We’re offering Classic, Levels 2 and 3, and Skate, Levels 1, 2, and 3. It’s not too late to learn how to ski better and ski faster so that you have more fun out there!

Masters community participants working on skills

You Make All the Difference

Support a Thriving Future for CB Nordic

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.