Crested Butte Junior Nordic Team
COVID - 19 Protocols
Our policies and procedures are outlined in detail in our Program Handbook. Please review this handbook to familiarize yourself with how our programs will be run this season.
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.
Our 2020/2021 season schedule is posted below. Program registration opens September 1st. We have included a daytime offering for students/families pursuing homeschooling or online schooling.We have also introduced a preschool program for kids ages 3-5. Our schedule and offerings are still subject to change based on county recommendations and guidelines. These offerings will run under Blue and Yellow Coronameter Levels.
Mondays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
January 4 – March 8
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!
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
January 5 – 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!
Mon (4:00-5:30) / Wed (2:15-4:00) or Tues / Thurs, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM November 30 – March 11
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 – 15
Mon (4:15 – 5:45) / Wed (2:30 – 4:00), or Tues / Thurs, 4:15 – 5:45 December 7 – March 11
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.
Challengers Race Prep
Challengers Race Prep
Ages 8 – 11
Tues / Thurs, 4:15 – 5:45 PM
December 8 – March 11
The Challengers Race Prep Program is for athletes who are self motivated and excited to race. The program will focus on challenging the skiers and creating a cohesive team environment. The Challengers Race Prep Program will work on developing the athletes’ fitness, technique, speed and race tactics. It is the feeder program for the Comp Team and these athletes will train and ski with the Comp Team athletes occasionally throughout the season. These skiers will have many opportunities to race as well as travel if they are interested.
Add on to Tues/Thurs Challengers or Explorers
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
December 9 – March 10
Biathlon 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 simulate real biathlon races and learn the skilled art of target shooting and skiing.
Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
December 2 – March 10
The Daytime 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!
Ages 9 – 14
Tues and Thurs, 2:15 – 3:30
December 1 – March 11
The Daytime Challengers/Explorers Hybrid Program is for athletes who have had some experience on skis and are looking to improve their technique and fitness as well as learn practical backcountry skills. This program will combine elements of the Challengers Program, where athletes learn Nordic Skills in a fun game based fashion, and the Explores Program, where athletes learn backcountry skills, winter survival and avalanche awareness. Appropriate challenges, games and exciting relays will be combined with snow fort building, safe backcountry tours and avalanche rescue skill building to create an ideal program for kids who want to spend the afternoon outside being active.
Daytime Mini Striders
Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
December 2 – March 10
The Mini Striders program is for pre-school aged 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. They will learn to work with others in a team environment and be active outside on skis!
Ages 12 – 18
Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
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!
3 – Comp Team Practice Begins
16 – Crested Butte Nordic Annual Meeting (Virtual)
21 – 29 – West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Camp
29 – Alley Loop Race Series #1
30 – Mon/Wed Explorers Practice Begins
1 – Tues/Thurs Explorers Practice Begins
1 – Tues/Thurs Daytime Challengers/Explorers Hybrid Practice Begins
2 – Mini Striders Practice Begins
2 – Daytime Gliders Practice Begins
7 – Mon/Wed Challengers Practice Begins
8 – Tues/Thurs Challengers Practice Begins
8 – Gunnison Challengers Practice Begins
9 – Biathlon Practice Begins
19 – Alley Loop Race Series #2
19 – 21 Steamboat Springs Junior National Qualifier
21 – Jan 3 – No CBNT Practices
4 – All Practices Resume
4 – Striders Practice Begins
5 – Tues/Thurs Gliders Practice Begins
9 – Alley Loop Race Series #3/U14 Kids Race Series #1
9 – PM Biathlon Clinic
16 – Alley Loop Race Series #4
16 – 18 – Soldier Hollow Junior National Qualifier
24 – Alley Loop Race Series #5/ U14 Kids Series Race #2
24 – Biathlon Clinic
3 – U14 Kids Race Series #3
5 – 7 Aspen Junior National Qualifier
6 – Alley Loop Nordic Marathon
11 – U14 Kids Race Series #4
15 – 19 – No Practices
20 – 21 – Summit Junior National Qualifier
5 -7 Regional Junior Championships
8 – 12 Final Week of Practices
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 both Master and Youth competitions, and often bring in competitors from outside the valley. View ALRS Race Schedule.
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 an assistant coach for the comp team. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions or would like to learn more, email email@example.com.
The Gunnison Valley U14 Kids Race Series
The U14 Kids Series is a series of four races over the course of the Nordic Season. It is an opportunity for all CBNT athletes, in any program, to experience racing in a fun, casual, local environment. Each race has a different challenge whether it is obstacles, a mini AJ, or a typical classic race. This series provides a engaging and challenging opportunity for athletes to use their new Nordic Skills. Registration is free for all athletes. To pre-register look for links to be updated on this page or emailed out. Day of registration is not encouraged.
Last Year’s Results
CBNT provides skis, boots and poles for all athletes.
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