The Outpost

Pioneering Our Future

A Home for CB Nordic Programming

Thanks to all of our generous donors, the Outpost has been completed.
Come by to say hi and get a tour!

Big smiles from a young skier in the Juniors program with Crested Butte Nordic

Our Community Has Grown

It’s zero degrees outside, but inside the Nordic Center, you’d never know it. A dense atmosphere of noise and bodies heats the air: kids shriek and chatter, parents give directions, jackets and snow pants rustle, footsteps pound, doors slam, mouths munch and steadily melting snow drips from hats, mittens, snowpants, and boots to puddle on the floor. Wall to wall, bodies and equipment fill the Nordic Center, making it impossible to hear or think or move apart from the heaving mass.

Any winter day, this is the scene at the Nordic Center. With more than 2,000 season pass holders, kids on waiting lists for programs, more than 500 people going out on lessons and tours, and a Masters Community of nearly 300 participants, we’ve simply run out of room.

We’ve packed a lot of folks into the Nordic Center, but the quality of everyone’s experience has declined the more crowded our Center has become.

Artist's rendition of the proposed Outpost project expansion on existing snowcat barn

Facilities To Serve You

Since 2010, Crested Butte Nordic, the Town of Crested Butte, and the hockey community have been working to maximize Big Mine Park to meet community needs. Based on an extensive planning process, all stakeholders agree the best and most economical way to move forward is to expand facilities outside the current Nordic Center. Building the hockey changing rooms in 2020-2021 was part of that effort, and The Outpost continues it.

By adding The Outpost to the existing Cat Barn, we have nearly doubled our square footage. Maintenance costs are minimal due to a smart, streamlined design. The first floor houses the Murray Banks Team Room, providing a critical home for the CB Nordic Team —with changing rooms, a waxing room, and a coach’s office. This flexible facility also serves CB Nordic programs and events. The upper floor gives our administrative team a home, freeing up half of the Nordic Center to become a public gathering place.

The Outpost is a highly accessible and functional building, while allowing the Nordic Center to fulfill its designed purpose as a warm, welcoming gathering place to serve and support our vibrant programs and community.

Benefits of The Outpost

Busy winter scene in the Crested Butte Nordic warming house

Open up the existing Nordic Center for public uses: including more space for ski rental, retail operations, and for all guests to change clothing, wax skis, meet friends, and more!

Group of lady skiers in coordinated costumes at the start of the Alley Loop in Crested Butte

Enable new and returning events with community gathering space.

Masters ski clinic on Ruthie's Run with Mt Crested Butte in background

Provide a meeting space for the Masters Community & Ski School.

Youth competitors at the start of a race near Crested Butte

House the CB Nordic Team.