The Crested Butte Nordic Team

The Crested Butte Nordic Team

Offering after school and summer programs for the youth of Crested Butte

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  • Summer Training Information

    This summer the Crested Butte Nordic Team will be offering three weekday training session for anyone interested in developing endurance, agility, balance and coordination. 
    These training sessions will benefit Nordic Skiing but are also beneficial for all sports including alpine skiing, mountain biking and hiking/trail running.
    Anyone from age 8 to age 18 is welcome to join.
    All sessions will be coached by myself, Molly Susla with help from guest coaches from the Western State Colorado University Team!
    The schedule:
    Beginning Monday, June 18th
    Monday at 8AM @ the Nordic Center – Strength, games, agility drills
    Monday at 3PM meet at the Nordic Center – Endurance adventures
    Wednesday at 8AM @ the Nordic Center – Strength, games, agility drills
    Each session will be about 1.5 hours long.
    The Monday Afternoon Session are for athletes ages 10 and up.

    1 day week for 10 weeks $130

    2 days a week for 10 weeks $200

    3 days a week for 10 weeks $270


  • Winter Programing


    Last winter we added an exciting program designed for middle school athletes to develop Nordic Skills while participating in thrilling outdoor activities such as powder skis, biathlon, jump days and adventure skis…BETTER TECHNIQUE, FASTER SKIING, AND MORE FUN!

    We revamped our biathlon program so that athletes have regular opportunities to shoot and really hone in their skills.

    We are going to have an 8 to 1 athlete to coach ratio in every program we offer to ensure optimal athlete – coach relationships and individual attention for skill development.

    We trained and certified all of our coaches to ensure exceptional coaching for every skier at every level.

  • Mission and Goals



    The mission of the CBNT is to provide young Nordic skiers and biathletes with exceptional coaching, training opportunities, and a healthy approach to sport. Our philosophy is that a fun, healthy, outdoor lifestyle is a great foundation for growth. To this end, our organization strives to provide programing that will appeal to recreational and competitive skiers alike. We teach kids to love skiing and the winter outdoors. Our motivated coaches create a safe environment to cultivate teamwork and to inspire athletes to be the best people and skiers they can be. Ultimately, we hope participants will become life-long skiers, so we want our participants to feel that they have gained more than just technical know-how and fitness. Furthermore, our program is designed to help student athletes learn to organize, prioritize, and execute plans toward, not only sporting goals, but also life goals.


    Promote Nordic sport as part of a healthy, outdoor lifestyle
    Help athletes maximize their potential as racers
    Teach skiers waxing technique and ski maintenance
    Provide opportunities to travel and connect with other skiers around the state and country
    Experience the adventure and recreational opportunities that the valley has to offer
    Develop a close knit, supportive team atmosphere

    Have fun!

  • Team Events

    The Magic Meadows 7

    The Magic Meadows 7 is a Criterium Style Nordic Ski and Fundraiser for the Crested Butte and Gunnison Nordic Teams.  From the Sprouts to the Competition Team, we would like to share a day of fun and skiing, while we raise money to support the team as it continues to grow. To this end, each skier who registers to be in a CBNT program will also be automatically entered to participate in the Magic Meadows 7 at no additional cost. We expect every skier to help make this event special again.

    The Magic Meadows 7 is right around the corner!  Last year, the Devo and Comp Teams raised $7,000.  This year, with a bit more planning and the inclusion of the entire Team including the Sprouts, Scouts, and Explorers, we are hoping to raise $15,000.  This money enables us to continue to provide excellent affordable after school programming for children around the Valley.

    Here’s how you can help:


    Collect pledges from friends and family.

    • Use the attached pledge sheet to have your child collect and record pledges.
    • Input pledges using our online pledge form.

    Tell your friends about the event.

    Take part in the weekly pledge challenge.

    • Each Tuesday, we will tally all pledges entered in the online pledge form over the previous week.  The team member with the most pledges that week will win the weekly prize.

    We are super psyched for a great event and appreciate your family’s involvement!  If you have any questions or would like to help in any other way, contact

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    The Gunnison Valley Kids Race Series

    The Gunnison Valley Kid’s Nordic Race Series is back for a second year of fun and pressure-free races for kids 13 and under. There will be four races this year, each with a different format. Prizes will be awarded at the end of each race as well as a cumulative awards ceremony at the last race. Please join us in celebrating Nordic ski racing for young kids in the valley this year. As always, there will be lots of hot chocolate, treats and fun ways to go fast on skis.


The Masters Training Group

An opportunity for our members to ski faster by skiing better.  We offer personalized coaching so you can improve technique and fitness with stimulating drills, video, fast skiing, fun and camaraderie.

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  • Our Training Format

    Each session will include a fun warmup with tips on the technique focus for the day.  We then break into 4 groups for more individualized coaching and skiing.  Each group will do technique skills and fast skiing appropriate for ability and fitness.  Our emphasis is on skiing faster by skiing better and is “coaching lite” – tips while skiing.  Minimal verbal coaching, lot’s of coaching while skiing and trail-side video during most workouts.

    Our 4 groups will be…

    • Groups 1 & 2: Basic technique for novice level skiers with 2-3 steady intervals and continuous skiing; group 2 slightly more advanced. Great for people who do a variety of sports and want to ski faster to keep up with friends who ski better.
    • Group 3: strong, fit skiers with decent technique who want to ski better & faster and who do a couple races each winter. Intervals and continuous skiing are the core workout with tips & video during the intervals.
    • Group 4: racers who want a hard workout while getting specific tips for more efficient technique and ski specific strength & endurance. Workouts will be designed to build endurance & sound technique early in the season, with peaking intervals during peak race season.

    You may change groups any time and can even ski in one group for classic and a different group for skate.  You may even choose your group during warmup based on how you feel that day.

    Our meeting spot changes each session for variety and best conditions. We classic one day and skate the other.  We scrutinize the weather and snow conditions on Sunday evening and choose the technique and location most advantageous for the Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday sessions.

    The weekly training plan is posted on and emailed to all skiers on Sunday evening.

    All abilities are welcome, but experience in both classic & skate is valuable.

  • Schedule

    Fall Training October 18 – November 22

    Fridays, 4:00 – 5:00 at the Nordic Center – ski specific fitness, ski walking, Moosehaufs and bounding

    Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 – ski specific strength with Ginny Turner at her CORE studio ($80, payable directly to Ginny at the first session).

    Winter Training November 28 – March 28

    Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:30

    Sunday, 10:00 – 12:00




The Gray Hares

The Gray Hares are a social group of outdoor enthusiasts (age 50 and beyond) who enjoy nordic skiing and/or snowshoeing on the Center’s beautifully groomed trails or in the local more wilderness areas like Cement Creek, Washington Gulch, Snodgrass or into the town of Gothic.

The Gray Hares ski from 9:30 to 11:30 every Wednesday morning, meeting at the Nordic Center, from mid-December through mid-March.  While the program is free, Ski passes and rental equipment can be purchased at the Nordic Center prior to each class.

We come from a variety of backgrounds and locations around the US to enjoy the camaraderie of skiing with old friends while making new ones who have found this unique town of Crested Butte.  Many of us hike, bike or trek during the rest of the year and enjoy the fitness aspect of nordic skiing during the snowy months.

This lively group also sets an example for giving back to the community by volunteering to assist with activities including the annual gear swap in November, holiday decorating the Nordic Center, the Alley Loop race in February, and the Grand Traverse held in March.

The weekly ski plan is sent to members via email early each week and soon can be found through the website at . The leaders also offer opportunities for more in-depth instruction in both classic and skate techniques for those aspiring to a higher level of nordic ability.  A ski waxing technique is offered early in the season to instruct participants on the basic steps for maintaining the bases of skis and selecting the best glide and kick waxes for conditions and temperatures.

Contact person for the Gray Hares is Jane Banks :



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