Crested Butte Nordic Team
Registration for the 2019/2020 winter season is now open!
Programs fill up quickly so sign up fast.
Check out our Program Guide to familiarize yourself with our offerings.
Mission & Vision
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.
We offer on snow after school programs for athletes ages five to 18. From competitive nordic racing to biathlon, from fort building to skimo the Crested Butte Nordic Team has a program for everyone.
CBNT provides skis, boots and poles for all athletes.
Mondays, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
January 6 – March 9
The Striders program is for our youngest athletes who may have no experience on nordic skis. Using game-based group instruction with a focus on fun these young athletes will develop basic skills so that they become comfortable and confident on Nordic Skis. These athletes will have the opportunity to race locally in a fun and casual environment and they will have a chance to ski with the older athletes for inspiration and motivation!
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
January 6 – March 11
The Gliders program is for young athletes with some Nordic experience. Using game-based group instruction these athletes will begin learning the very basics of Nordic technique and athletic body position while having tons of fun on (and in) the snow. These energetic athletes will have the opportunity to race locally in a fun and casual environment. They will also have a chance to ski with the older athletes for inspiration and motivation!
Tues and Thurs, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
December 3 – March 12
The Explorers Program is for athletes interested in an encompassing winter sports program where uphill skiing, winter fort building, backcountry touring, avalanche awareness and other winter survival skills are all explored. Nordic Skiing is a part of the program with much less emphasis on technique and “training” and more on exploring different aerobic winter activities. This athlete should be comfortable on all types of skis.
Ages 8 – 18
Tues, Thurs, Friday, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
December 10 – March 13
The Challengers Program is for athletes who have had some experience on skis and are looking to improve their technique and fitness, and who may also want to give racing a try while always having fun. Appropriate challenges, games and exciting relays will be the vehicles through which these athletes develop skills and improve their physical fitness. If the comp team seems a little too much at this point, this is the right program for you. Athletes will have multiple opportunities to try racing in a fun environment here in the Gunnison Valley.
Middle & High School Students
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
December 11 – March 11
This is an optional program for anyone already signed up for Challengers or Explorers. These athletes will learn the sport of biathlon racing through shooting technique, stadium etiquette, relays and other drills that simulate real biathlon. This program does include some skiing instruction, it is NOT just shooting. These athletes will have the opportunity to race biathlon as well.
Ages 10 – 18
Tues, Thurs, Fri, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Wed 2:30 PM – 4:00
Saturdays not on race weekends, November 5 – March 13
The Competition team is for self-motivated athletes who are looking to improve their technique, fitness, and race mindset to become better racers and athletes. These students will receive individualized coaching and training plans, and race support and waxing at all races. Video analysis, technique development, mental training, and strength conditioning are part of this program as well as on snow training. Traveling to races is not required and does cost extra but we highly encourage it. Practices will involve interval training, drills and distance skiing but throughout the season we always find room for powder runs and a few games of speedball!
5 – Fischer Fit Night @ the Alpineer
5 – Comp Team Practice Begins
10 – Nordic Team and Masters Community Open House
23 – Dec 1 – West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Camp
1 – Alley Loop Race Series
3 – Explorers Practice Begins
10 – Challengers Practice Begins
11 – Biathlon Practice Begins
14 – Alley Loop Race Series
21 & 22 – CBNT Junior National Qualifier
23 – Jan 5 – No CBNT Practices
4 – Alley Loop Race Series
6 – Striders’ and Gliders’ Practice Begins
12 – Magic Meadows 7/U14 Kids Series Race #1
18 – Alley Loop Race Series
18 & 19 – Steamboat Junior National Qualifier
21 – U14 Kids Series Race #2
25 & 26 – Vail Junior National Qualifier
1 – Alley Loop
5 – U14 Kids Race Series #3
14 & 15 – Soldier Hollow Super Qualifier
17 – 21 – No CBNT Practices
3 – Final U14 Kids Race Series #4
9 – Last Day of Striders Practice
11 – Last Day of Biathlon and Gliders Practice
12 – Last Day of Explorers Practice
13 – Last Day of Comp Team and Challengers Practice
U14 Kids Race Series
A terrific 4 part race series that runs throughout the season beginning with the Magic Meadows 7. Each race has a unique and exciting format and is based around creating a fun race atmosphere where kids can give racing a try. Awards and treats are provided for all racers at the end of each competition. These races are free to all CBNT athletes, see Calendar of Events for more information.
Alley Loop Race Series
A Series of 5 races (free for CBNT athletes) that occur on weekends. These races are a perfect for athletes who enjoy racing and want to do more outside of the U14 Series. These races include adult races and sometimes bring in competitors from outside the valley. For dates, see the Calendar of Events.
Junior National Qualifier
CBNT is hosting a Junior National Qualifier, December 21st and 22nd. This is one of a series of races that allows U16 athletes and older to qualify for Junior Nationals and is the highest level of junior racing in our state. We are always looking for volunteers to help at this event and we are encouraging any and all CBNT athletes to participate this year. See our Program Guide for more information on how to sign up or volunteer.
Coach with the Crested Butte Nordic Team.
Crested Butte’s best winter job!
The Crested Butte Nordic Team is always looking for enthusiastic, motivated and responsible people to join our team of coaches. We are currently hiring Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches of most of our awesome after school programs. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions or would like to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Meet:
620 2nd St
Crested Butte, CO
When to Meet:
15 minutes prior to the start
time of your program
What to Bring:
Snowpants, winter jacket, hat, gloves, warm socks, sunglasses, water & snacks