CBMR Uphill Use – Community Input Sessions
What is Uphill Skiing?
For those wondering what uphill skiing is all about – there is a different set of boots, bindings and skis that are used to allow the heel to come up when climbing and lock-in for the descent. This gear is called Alpine Touring or “AT” gear. To climb the skier must also use a skin on the bottom of the skis to give traction (prevent sliding back down) while “walking” up hill. At the top of the climb, the skin is removed from the bottom of the ski, the heel is locked in place and the thrill of the ski down is all the more rewarding after the climb up. Last winter, I had the opportunity to lead a group of visitors to the top of the Paradise lift. They were in town from Dallas, and interested in Crested Butte Real Estate. Coming from nearly sea level – it was hard, there was quite a bit of banter back and forth, but they all made it, and watching the sunrise from the top of the Paradise Lift was a true highlight of their visit to Crested Butte.
Purpose of the Sessions
- Goal: Formalize Uphill Use as an additional amenity offered by CBMR within a maintained and controlled environment.
- Objectives: Broaden current customer base by offering a variety of convenient routes and equipment to encourage increased use. Enhance the Uphill Use experience with a variety of products and services to promote the activity. Promote education, skier safety and knowledge of risks associated with Uphill Use within the Ski Area boundary.
- New Concepts for 2013: Create a dedicated route for daytime use up to Ten Peaks (top of Painter Boy lift) via Columbine Hill. Designate specific routes for Uphill traffic with dogs to avoid incidents. All CBMR pass holders will include a 2013 Uphill Use pass. Non CBMR pass holders will be charged a small fee for Uphill Use on the Main Mountain. All Uphill Use of the Snodgrass Mountain road is free. Promote additional activities such as Full Moon ski parties and other social events. Discuss the development of future Uphill/Backcountry trails on Snodgrass Mountain and Main Mountain.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort began operations in 1960 and has developed into an adventure ski destination. Crested Butte is often referred to as “The Last Great Colorado Ski Town”. The resort sits above the Historic town of Crested Butte, and offers lots of intermediate as well as extreme terrain. CBMR has helped to revolutionize the ski industry by founding freeski and extreme ski competitions. CBMR has a variety of green and blue groomed trails, longer advanced trails, and the famous extreme limits of the North Face and Headwall. Current season dates are from November 21, 2012 through April 7, 2013. There are a total of 15 lifts, and lift hours are from 9am to 4pm (High Lift and East River Lift close at 3:30pm and North Face Lift closes at 3pm). The resort contains 1,547 skiable acres with a total of 121 trails. The longest run is .
Tickets and Passes
Prices for lift tickets can be found at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort website. Discounts are available for buying in advance or when purchasing a lodging and lift ticket package. Various Season Passes are also available including discount passes, multi-day passes and speciality passes.
The CBMR ticket office is open every day from 8am to 5pm and can be reached by calling 970-349-2262, 888-317-6482 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Crested Butte is located in the center of Colorado and can be reached by car in a little over four hours from Denver. The area is served by the Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport via carriers American Airlines and United Airlines. Once in Crested Butte, visitors can easily navigate from downtown Crested Butte to Mt. Crested Butte and the ski area via the Free Mountain Express Shuttle. For more information on Crested Butte Real Estate, CLICK HERE to contact Chris Kopf.