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The Alley Loop

February 1, 2020

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The Alley Loop is not your typical American Birkebeiner Qualifier.  The course starts finishes, and progresses through the heart of downtown Crested Butte while meandering over snow-laden streets, narrow alleys, and one lane bridges.  At any given time, you may be cheered on by alley revelers, find yourself surrounded by Oompa Loompa’s, or skiing alongside a crazy connected train of costume assemblage…  Racers are sometimes forced into making daring passes, and depending on their luck, may even get waylaid on a bridge for a brief moment.  Once you make it through town, you are rewarded by pristine tracks and epic views on the surrounding Crested Butte Nordic trail network.  If you like normal, you may want to look for another race.  If you are up for anything, this is right up your alley!

  • Schedule

    All Day – Ski Go Wax Service drop off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center

    8 a.m. – Noon – SkiGo Wax Service drop off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center
    3 – 4:30 p.m. – Pub Ski Bib Pick-Up at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    3 – 7 p.m. – Nordic Marathon Bib Pick-Up at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    3 – 7 p.m. – Nordic Marathon Walk-Up Registration at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    5 – 7 p.m. – Pub Ski Kick Off – Talk of the Town
    7:30 p.m. – Pub Ski Awards – Talk of the Town


    7-10 a.m. – Late Registration at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    7-10 a.m.– Race Day Bib Pick-Up at Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
    1:00 p.m – 42k Flower Ceremony – Finish Line Expo
    1:15 p.m – 1k & 3k Podium Ceremony – Finish Line Expo
    3:00 p.m. – Awards Banquet & Raffle – Bonez
    6:30 p.m. – Masters Awards & Wax Bench – Crested Butte Nordic Center “Cat Barn”

  • Start Times

    9:00 a.m. – 42K CLASSIC : 3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m
    9:05 a.m. – 21K CLASSIC
    9:20 a.m. – 42K SKATE :  3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:20 p.m
    9:25 a.m. – 21K COLLEGIATE
    9:26 a.m. – 21K SKATE
    9:35 a.m. – 10K 
    9:40 a.m. – 5K
    12:15 p.m. – 3K & 1K
  • Course Maps

     Study these maps carefully.  There are several branching intersections on course.  It is your responsibility as a racer to know your race course.  Critical intersections are signed and have course marshals.  Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the racer to proceed correctly on course.

    42K CLASSIC: 3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m
    42K SKATE: 3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:20 p.m

  • Results

  • Awards

    All racers receive a commemorative poster and Alley Loop SWAG on a first come first serve basis at bib pickup.  There are awards for age class winners in all categories.  All awards are for male and female categories.  You must be present to claim prizes.  Awards are not mailed.

    42K Freestyle
    1st – $1000
    2nd – $500
    3rd – $300
    4th – $200
    5th – $100
    King & Queen of the Loop (winners of the first lap) – $400

    42k Classic
    Top 3 Male & Female – Prize Packages

    All 42k’s finishing in under 3 hours receive
    Sub 3-Hour Marathon Achievement Bell

    21k, 10k & 5k
    Top 3 Male & Female – Prize Packages
    Presented by

    1k & 3k Youth
    Every finisher awarded with a metal!

    Age Categories
    Winners receive a commemorative pint glass

    42k, 21k, 10k & 5k:

    8 – 15
    16 – 19
    20 – 29
    30 – 39
    40 – 49
    50 – 59
    60 – 69
    70 – 79
    1k Youth & 3k Youth:


    1 – 7
    8 – 11
    12 – 14

  • Wax Service

    A limited number of SkiGo Wax Service is available on a reservation basis.  Reservations can be made through online Race Registration, or by contacting the Nordic Center Front Desk at 970-349-1707.  This service is provided by Crested Butte Nordic in partnership with Boulder Nordic Sport.

    Drop off
    Skis must be dropped off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center on Thursday, or at the very latest – by Noon on Friday.  Any skis not received by this time will NOT be serviced.

    Recreational Basic LF $29
    An application of the low fluorocarbon wax of the day.

    Racer HF $45
    An application of low fluorocarbon graphite with a topcoat of the high fluorocarbon wax of the day.

    Pro Pure Fluoro $75
    A hydrocarbon base layer, an application of the high fluorocarbon wax of the day, and a top coat of pure fluorocarbon powder.

  • Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

    RESIDENTIAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS on the following streets and alleys are detailed below.  Please plan to park or move your vehicle from the following locations ahead of the
    dates/times listed below.  We thank you for your cooperation in accommodating this uniquely Crested Butte event!

    THURSDAY Night – (12:01 AM, Friday, February 1st)  until
    SATURDAY,  February 2nd at 4:00 PM

    Full closure: No driving, no parking
    Elk Avenue: From the West End (Old Kebler)  to 1st  Street
    Elk / Maroon Alley: between 1st Street  and  2nd Street
    Teocalli / Butte Alley:  between 2nd Street  and  3rd Street
    Sopris / Whiterock Alley:  between 1st Street and 3rd Street

    No Parking, alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:
    3rd Street:  EAST side of Street from Totem Pole Park to Teocalli Ave
    3rd Street:  WEST side of Street from Teocalli Ave to Butte Ave

    FRIDAY Night – (12:01 AM, Saturday,  February 2nd)  until
    SATURDAY,  February 2nd at 4:00 PM

    Full Closure: No Parking, no driving:
    1st  Street: Either side of the street from Whiterock Ave  to  Maroon Ave
    3rd Street: WEST side of Street from  Whiterock / Sopris Alley  to  Elk Ave

    No Parking, alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:
    2nd Street: EAST side right-of-way from Gothic / Teocalli Alley  to  Teocalli / Butte Alley

    Gothic / Teocalli Alley:  between 2nd Street and 3rd Street

  • Volunteer

    The Alley Loop relies on close to 100 event volunteer’s to pull off this very atypical nordic ski race.  To ensure Alley Loop success, we’re seeking Course Marshals, Registration Receptionist, Start & Finish Line Assistants, Pub Ski Operatives, and many more support roles!

    Every volunteer receives a commemorative 2019 Alley Loop Beanie,
    in addition to a voucher to claim a beer at the finish line expo!


February 1, 2020
Event Category:
Crested Butte Nordic Logo

PO Box 1269
Crested Butte, CO 81224

(970) 349 – 1707