The Gray Hares

Stay Active, Stay Healthy

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.

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Nordic Skiing in the Crested Butte Valley

The Gray Hares ski from 10 a.m. – noon 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 early February, and the Grand Traverse held in late Spring.

The weekly ski plan is sent to members via email early each week. 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 lesson 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.

Want to get involved? Contact Jane Banks,