The Masters Community

Ski Better, Ski Faster, Have More Fun!

We offer personalized coaching in small-group settings so you can improve technique and fitness with stimulating drills, video, fast skiing, fun, and camaraderie. The Masters Community one-hour classes are for all adult skiers, from beginners to experts, who want to learn to ski better and have more fun!

What is Masters?

Being a part of the CB Nordic Masters Community doesn’t mean that you’ve “mastered” the sport of nordic skiing, it is is just a differentiation from our “junior” or school-aged skier programs. Our Masters Community programs are open to anyone and everyone that has aged out of our youth programs.

Program Guide

We’re updating our Masters Community Program Guide for the 2023/2024 season.

Check back in the fall to see the offerings.

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

Take your skate or classic skiing to the next level with our instructional and fun courses. Our expert team of instructors will move beyond the fundamentals, building your confidence and efficiency. Progressing through our courses will have you skiing farther and faster than you thought possible! Classes start promptly at the listed time and last for 60 minutes (Performance Training runs for 75 mins). 

Program Descriptions

Level 1 Classic

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Ski green trails without walking!
  • Safely control your speed on downhills
  • Ski up moderate hills
  • Continuously ski the Town Ranch loop

Level 1 Skate

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Skate on green trails
  • Safely control your speed on downhills
  • Skate up moderate hills
  • Continuously skate the Town Ranch loop

Level 2 Skate or Classic

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Ski on blue trails
  • Manage speed and direction (turn) on downhills
  • Ski up intermediate hills
  • Hockey stop (look cool!)
  • Learn kick double pole or V2 and transition between techniques
  • Continuously ski the Ruthie’s West loop

Level 3 Skate or Classic

This course will improve your ability to:

  • Adjust tempo and ski with glide on any trail
  • Optimize speed and direction on downhills
  • Transition efficiently between all techniques, (classic) diagonal stride, kick double pole, double pole, (skate) V1, V2, V2A, free skate
  • Continuously ski the Ruthie’s East loop

Performance Training Group

The focus of each day will be skiing 10+ km, often with specific intervals in a lightly coached environment. This is a group for strong skiers looking to ski fast and have fun with other like-minded skiers.

Ski Exploring

This course is for skiers with some experience who don’t necessarily want the “classroom” setting of our technique courses. Each week will explore a different part of our trail system with our expert staff available to offer advice but mostly there help you have fun and discover new areas to ski. This is not for never-ever skiers.

Level 1

  • No experience necessary
  • Skiers looking to do more than “ski walk”
  • Skiers who struggle going up or down hills.
  • Skiers who have participated in our learn to ski for free lessons and want to take the next step.

Level 2

  • Skiers with experience and the ability to ski green trails in CB. 
  • Skiers who participated in the level 1 or 2 programs last season.

Level 3

  • Skiers with the ability to confidently ski green and blue trails in CB. 
  • Skiers who participated in the level 2 or 3 classic programs last season.  
  • Performance Training group skiers who want to dedicate time to improving efficiency and technique. 
  • Skiers should be able to ski 5K in an hour. 

Performance Training Group

  • Past participants in the Masters Performance Training Group.
  • Skiers with experience and the ability to ski ANY trail in CB. 
  • Skiers who have completed the level 3 classic or level 3 skate program.  
  • Skiers planning to race the 21K or 42K Alley Loop.

Ski Exploring

  • Skiers looking to have fun exploring our trails and meeting like-minded skiers in a safe environment.
  • This is not for never-ever skiers; skiers don’t need to be fast but they should be comfortable on a variety of terrain.


2 days/week – Levels 1, 2, 3: $150 per session (6 classes)
1 day/week – Levels 1, 2, 3, Ski Exploring: $75 per session (3 classes)
Performance Training Group: $125 for 1 day/week or $200 for 2 days/week, for an entire session.
NEW Additional February Session: $25 for 1 day/week or $50 for 2 days/week.

A season pass or day pass is required to participate in Masters and is not included in your registration fee. A new day pass is required for each Masters session. You can buy a season pass or day pass online.

2023/2024 Masters Course Schedule TBA

Learn to Ski Free

Community Learn to Ski for Free clinics are group lessons for beginners, people who have a hard time skate or classic skiing, or who have never tried cross country skiing before. 

  • Cost = FREE
  • Skate technique – Friday at 10:30
  • Classic technique – Friday at Noon
  • Limited to 6 skiers per class – must register in advance
  • Ages 18 and up
  • Limited to one class per skier each season
  • Meet at the Nordic Center
  • Rental gear is provided free!
  • Lessons must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.
  • With limited space, these classes fill quickly. Please make sure you can attend if you register or let us know in advance so we can open your spot to another skier.

Dates for 2023/2024 Ski for Free – Fridays: TBA

Masters community participants working on skills
Crested Butte Nordic ski school staff photo with snowcat


Uncertain what to enroll in? Email questions to [email protected]

Thank you to

Crested Butte Publishing & Creative black and white logo

for supporting the Masters Community!