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Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

February 3, 2024

Alley Loop skiers in costume on course in Crested Butte

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February 3, 2024

Registration opens October 1st!

The Alley Loop is not your typical Nordic Marathon… It stands both as a premier American Birkebeiner Qualifying event, in addition to being Crested Butte’s most outrageous costume party of the year!  The course winds its way through snowy streets, alleyways and narrow bridges through the heart of downtown Crested Butte.  You’ll find yourself cheered by town revelers as you navigate a crazy gliding costume assemblage…  Racers are sometimes forced into making daring passes and depending on their luck, may even get waylaid on a bridge for a moment.  Once you make it through town, you are rewarded by pristine tracks and exhilarating vistas throughout the 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!

*** Fluoro Ban in Effect ***

The Alley Loop has adopted a fluornated wax ban for all events.

5K Freestyle Recreational Division – $33.75
10K Freestyle Recreational Division – $45.00
21K Classic – $63.75

5K Freestyle Recreational Division – $45
10K Freestyle Recreational Division – $60

FRIDAY – 2/2/24
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Wax Service drop off – Crested Butte Nordic Center

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Walk-up Registration & Bib Pick-Up  –  Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall

SATURDAY – 2/3/24
7:00 a.m.9:30 a.m. – Wax Service Ski Pick-up – Crested Butte Nordic Center

7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Late Bib Pick-Up  No Day of Registration –  Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. – Race Starts (42k’s/ 21k’s / 10k ) – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

11:00 a.m. – Adaptive 10K Race Start (Location & Details TBD)

1:00 p.m. –  5k Race Start, Competitive Division – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

1:05 p.m. –  5k Race Start, Recreational Division – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

1:10 p.m. –  1.5k & 3k Youth Race Start – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

1:30 p.m. – 42k Flower Ceremony & 1.5k/3k Podium Awards –
Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

4:00 p.m – Awards Banquet & Raffle – TBD

SUNDAY – 2/4/24
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – USCSA Collegiate Race Starts (5k Classic Interval)

Start Times
9:00 a.m. – 42K Classic  (3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m.)
9:05 a.m. – 21K Classic
9:15 a.m. – 42K Skate  (3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:05 p.m.)
9:30 a.m. – 21K Skate Wave Starts

  • 9:30 a.m. – Wave A: Under 1:35
  • 9:35 a.m. – Wave B: 1:35-2:00
  • 9:40 a.m. – Wave C: 2:01-3:30

9:50 a.m. – 10K Competitive Division
9:55 a.m. – 10K Recreational Division
11:00 a.m. – 10K Adaptive Race (TBD)
1:00 p.m. – 5K Competitive Division
1:05 p.m. – 5k Recreational Division
1:10 p.m. – 1.5K & 3K Youth Race

3:00 p.m. – Finish Line Cut-Off

The 2024 Nordic Club Clash

The Nordic Club Clash (rules detailed below) is designed to promote inter-club camaraderie, forming six person teams across ski disciplines and athlete generations.
Beyond uniting diverse athlete squads towards a collective goal, this fun spirited competition will be made all the more more thrilling with a $8,600 Cash Purse up for grabs!


1st Place Team – $2,800
2nd Place Team – $2,200
3rd Place Team – $1,800
4th Place Team – $1,200
5th Place Team – $500


Competition Rules:

  • Teams will be scored across  the following six events –
    42K Skate, 42K Classic, 21K Skate, 21K Classic, 10K Freestyle & 5K Freestyle
  • Teams are scored ‘cross country running’ style, with points awarded on the basis of finishing place (overall category results).
    Cumulative finish places across the six events will be tabulated to determine a team point score.
  • The team with the lowest point score will be the overall winner.
  • Teams must be precisely composed of 6 individual athletes, no more, no less.
  • This is a mixed gender competition.
    ** Every team must include a minimum of 2 female athletes.
    * No age regulations is imposed on composition of teams.
  • Each event must be raced by a different athlete. 
    No duplicate competitors will be allowed to race for their team in the 5K event.  ( Due to a modified afternoon start time for the 5K (12:10 p.m. Start), it will be feasible to race one of the longer distance events – 42k, 21k or 10k, and also in the afternoon 5K )
  • A team does not need a formal Ski Club affiliation to compete.
    As long as athletes register online citing the same team name, they will be registered into the team competition.
  • Clubs are permitted to form multiple teams out of their membership.
    During registration, athletes belonging to the same club should identify their specific sub-team name.
  • Failure of an athlete to place in their event (DNF), will result in the team being disqualified.
  • Tie Break Rule – in the event of a tie score among one or more teams, the winning team will be determined by the fastest 5K finish time.
  • Deadline to finalize team registrants – Friday 1/26/24, 7:00 PM
  • A single prize purse payout check will be written to one team/club representative.  (multiple check disbursements will not feasible)

Awards Banquet & Raffle
4:00 PM – Location TBD

Cash prizes for both Male and Female top finishers

1st- $800

2nd- $500

3rd- $200

Cash prizes for both Male and Female top finishers

1st- $500

2nd- $250

3rd- $100


*All 42k finishers under 3 hours receive a
Sub 3-Hour Marathon Achievement Bell


21k Skate Podium
– Top 3 Male & Female –
1st Place- $500

2nd and 3rd Place- Fischer Prize Packages


21k Classic Podium
– Top 3 Male & Female –
1st Place- $200

2nd and 3rd Place- Fischer Prize Packages


10k & 5k Podium
– Top 3 Male & Female –
Fischer Prize Packages


1k & 3k Youth
Every participant awarded a Finisher Medal
Top 3 Male & Female – Podium Medal

Age Class Awards

42k, 21k, 10k & 5k
Winners receive a Commemorative Pint Glass

Age Categories
8 – 15
16 – 19
20 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 – 79
1k & 3k Youth:
Winners receive a commemorative Prize
Age Categories
1 – 7
8 – 11
12 – 14

Costume Awards
An official panel of judges will document costumes displayed on course.
Curated prize packages from local businesses will be presented to outstanding group and individual costumes.


Wax Service

Limited quantity of Wax Service Reservations are offered by Boulder Nordic Sport.
Reservations can be made through Online Race Registration,
or email [email protected]

Non-Fluoro Race Wax – $100
Application of base layer glide wax + liquid race glide wax (non-fluoro).


– Drop Off & Pick Up Process –

Skis should be dropped off at CB Nordic Center Front Desk,
Alley Loop week – 8 AM to 6 PM.
Deadline to drop skis for service is Friday (2/2) at 10am.

Finished skis will be available for pick-up:
Saturday (2/3), 6:00 AM, inside the CB Nordic “Cat Barn”

Those wishing to reserve equipment for the Alley Loop may do so through Gearo.

Anyone who has reserved equipment through Gearo for the Alley Loop may pick up their equipment the evening before their race from 4:30 – 6 pm.
If you’d like to take advantage of this, please indicate your desire in the notes of their Gearo reservation. Day-of event pick up is also allowed.

Equipment must be returned the day of your race by 5:00 p.m.

The following Streets and alleyways will be in effect from –


 12:01 AM, Friday, February 2ndSATURDAY, February 3rd at 6:00 PM


FULL CLOSURE: No driving, no parking

  • Elk Avenue : From the West End (Old Kebler)  to  3rd  Street 
  • Elk / Maroon ALLEY – between 1st Street  and  2nd Street
  • EAST side of 3rd St- between Totem Pole Park and Butte Ave
  • Sopris / Whiterock ALLEY –  between 1st Street and 3rd Street

Alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:

  • 3rd Street: WEST side of Street from Totem Pole Park  to Butte  Ave


FRIDAY Night  12:01 AM, Saturday, February 3rdSATURDAY, February 3rd at 6:00 PM

FULL CLOSURE: No Parking, no driving:

  • 1st  Street: Either side of street from Whiterock Ave to Maroon Ave
  • 2nd Street NORTH of Elk Ave to Alley
  • 3rd Street WEST side of Street from Whiterock / Sopris ALLEY to Elk Ave

Alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:

  • 3rd Street WEST side of Street from Totem Pole Park to Butte Ave
  • Butte Ave EAST of 3rd St


*Crested Butte Nordic would like to thank you for your support and accommodation for the most unique ski race in the country!*

We depend on close to 150 volunteers to pull together this very
atypical Nordic ski race!

To ensure Alley Loop is a success, we’re seeking an army of

Course Marshals, Bib Distributors, Start & Finish Line Assistants, Soup Tent Servers, etc.

Alley Loop skiers climbing a hill on course near Crested Butte
Alley Loop skier in a rad wig enjoying the festivities in Crested Butte
Young competitors take off from the start of the Alley Loop in Crested Butte
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