Though we’re in the proverbial dog days of summer, the next ski season is closer than you might think. Right around the corner is Labor Day with all the equipment and clothing deals that weekend brings, then it’ll start snowing again!
In the meantime, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) announces that it has some on-snow and off-snow improvements coming our way this season with upgrades to the tubing hill and snow bike rentals and continued thinning on gladed runs that will offer intermediate skiers more places to ski through the trees. Here’s a quick rundown…
Tubing hill: This winter, Crested Butte plans to install a Magic Carpet lift just for the tubing hill to the base area’s Adventure Park. The installation of the new lift will provide kids and non-kid tubers easy, safe access to the hill.
Continued glading for intermediate skiers: Last summer, CBMR thinned 10 acres of trees, dramatically improving access to forested skiing. This summer, the improvements continue as resort crews partner with the local US Forest Service District to identify new areas for glading. Intermediate skiers looking for more gentle gladed terrain should get ready to weave through the trees in the East River area and off the Teocalli Lift.
Snow bike rentals: For the last couple of years, snow bikes have made a huge splash at CBMR’s annual Slush Huck Pond Skim event, where participants try to skim across a pond on skis and snowboards. This year, you can try out the snow bikes yourself (without the pond, at least until spring) by renting one of ten new bikes in the resort’s rental fleet. For those new to the sport at CBMR, a two-hour instruction and guided tour around the mountain is required to ensure safe use of the equipment and knowledge of where snow biking approved routes are located. CBMR says snow biking is an easy to learn, smile-producing sport and more information on snow biking at Crested Butte can be found at www.skicb.com/snowbike.
Improved ski storage: Free ski storage has been a great perk for CBMR lodging guests, but this year it will be even better, according to CBMR. New slopeside rack systems are being installed to streamline the service. If you aren’t lodging at one of the resort’s properties or renting equipment from the Crested Butte Rental and Demo Center you can take advantage of the service for a nominal fee.