Crested Butte Nordic Team

The only outdoor after-school program in winter.

Crested Butte Nordic Team logo

The CB Nordic Junior Team Programs 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 3 to 18. From competitive nordic racing to biathlon, from fort building to skimo, the Crested Butte Nordic Team has a program for everyone.

Winter Program Registration

Gunnison programs are still open!
Mini Striders, Comp and Devo Programs still open!

Email molly@cbnordic.org to be put on the waitlist. Please include the name and age of your child, and the program and days you wish to sign them up for.

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Program Start Dates

M/W Explorers – Nov 29th

Explorers + – Nov 29th

T/Th Explorers – Nov 30th

M/W Challengers – Dec 6th

Gunnison Race Prep – Dec 6th

T/Th Challengers – Dec 7th

Gunnison Challengers – Dec 7th

Challengers Race Prep – Dec 7th

Biathlon – Dec 8th

Monday Striders – Jan 3rd

Wednesday Striders – Jan 5th

Gliders – Jan 4th

Local youth learning avalanche safety

Striders

Striders

Ages 5-7                                                Ages 5-7

January 3 – March 7                           January 5th – March 9th

Mondays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM         Wednesdays, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

$300                                                      $300

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!

Gliders

Gliders

Ages 6-8

January 4 – March 10

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

$505

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!

Daytime Mini Striders

Mini-Striders

Ages 3 – 4                                                 Ages 4 – 5
Dec 1 – Mar 9                                          Dec 1 – Mar 9
Wednesdays 9:30 – 10:30 am             Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
$300                                                        $300

Mini Striders is our preschool aged program aimed at introducing our
youngest athletes to the joys of cross country skiing. Our coaching staff
designs fun obstacles courses and challenges that inadvertently teach the
kids basic skills like starting, stopping, falling down, getting back up and
running on skis.

Gunnison Challengers

Gunnison Challengers

Ages 8 – 15
December 7 – March 10
Tues/Thurs 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
$525

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

Challengers

Ages 8 – 15

December 6 – March 10 

Session 1 – Mon 4:00 pm – 5:30pm/Wed 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 2 – Tues/Thurs 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

$525

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. 

Gunnison Race Prep

Gunnison Race Prep

Ages 8 – 11
December 6 – March 9
Mon/Weds 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
$525

This program is specifically designed for young athletes who are
interested in skiing fast. Athletes new to the sport or new to racing are
encouraged to sign up for this program where the focus is on age
appropriate development with a competitive focus. Structured technique
sessions, introductions to fitness and strength training, the building of
knowledge around race formats, waxing and gear, as well as the
opportunity to race locally or state wide are all aspects of this program.
Athletes should be self motivated and excited to pursue some racing.

Race Prep

Challengers Race Prep

Ages 8 – 11

December 7 – March 10

Tues/Thurs 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

$525

This program is specifically designed for young athletes who are interested in skiing fast. Athletes new to the sport or new to racing are encouraged to sign up for this program where the focus is on age appropriate development with a competitive focus. Structured technique sessions, introductions to fitness and strength training, the building of knowledge around race formats, waxing and gear, as well as the opportunity to race locally or state wide are all aspects of this program. Athletes should be self motivated and excited to pursue some racing.

Explorers +

Explorers+

Sophomores – Seniors
November 29 – March 11
Mon/Fri – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
$570

The High School Explorers Program targets an older group of athletes to
create a more cohesive team environment. Much like the Explorers program,
the group will explore uphill skiing, winter fort building, backcountry touring,
avalanche awareness and other winter survival skills at a more advanced
level. These athletes should have a high comfort level on all types of skis and
may want access to a backcountry/AT set up. However, the Nordic Center will
provide nordic touring gear for most occasions.

Explorers

Explorers

Ages 8 – 15

November 29 – March 10 

Session 1 – Mon 4:00 pm – 5:30pm/Wed 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 2 – Tues/Thurs 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

$570

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.

Biathlon

Biathlon

Middle School and High School Students

December 8 – March 9 

Wednesdays, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

$170

This is an optional program for anyone already signed up for Session 2 of Challengers or Explorers. We highly encourage athletes to compliment Biathlon with another ski specific program to round out all their on snow skills. 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.

Pinnacol Orthopedic Community Race Series  – POCRS

Junior National Qualifier – JNQ

 

November

2  – Comp/Devo Start

20 – 28 – West Yellowstone Camp

28 – POCRS #1

29 – Explorers Session 1/HS Explorers Start

30 – Explorers Session 2 Start

December

1 – Mini Striders Start

6 – Challengers Session 1/Gunnison Race Prep Start

7 – Challengers Session 2/Gunnison Challengers Start

8 – Biathlon Start

12 – POCRS #2

17 – 19 – JNQ #1 Aspen

18 – Jan 2 – Winter Break, No Practices

US Senior Nationals -December 31 2021 –  January 7, 2022

January

3 – Striders Start

4 – Gliders Start

15 – U14 Race #1/POCRS #3

16 – U14 Rac #2/POCRS #4

22 – 23 – JNQ #2 Winter Park

30 – POCRS #5

February

5 – Alley Loop

5 – 6 – JNQ #3 Vail

10 – POCRS #6

18 – 19 – JNQ #4 Summit

20 – POCRS #7

21 – 25 – No Practices

22 – POCRS #8

March

6 – POCRS #9

6 – 12 Junior National Championships Minneapolis, MN

9 – POCRS #10

7 – 11 Last Week of Practices

27 – End of Year Community Celebration

Pinnacol Orthopedics Community Race Series

This year, Crested Butte Nordic is offering a 10 part race series over the course of the 21/22 winter season. All 10 races will include age specific distances for our CBNT athletes. Three races will fall during the week, during normal practice times on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Even if you do not practice on those days, you are welcome to attend the race. The schedule is posted here as POCRS events. These local races will take on different formats and offer a fun, casual environment for racing.

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 coaches for our afterschool programs. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions or would like to learn more, email molly@cbnordic.org.

CBNT provides skis, boots and poles for all athletes.

Where to Meet:

Nordic Center

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

Contact Info:

molly@cbnordic.org

(970) 349-1707

Thank You to

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Alpine Orthopaedics color logo

for supporting the Junior Nordic Team!