Crested Butte, CO Report: Bluebird Before the Snow

Jon Roubik | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
Crested Butte, Elk Range, CO. 2.10.19. Photo: SnowBrains

With a 58″ base, Crested Butte is sitting right about at 100% of average annual snowpack to-date. The recent snowfall was enough to open some additional terrain that’d been waiting for a deeper base.

Sunday lived up to its name, providing endless rays to offset otherwise brisk temperatures that accompanied breath-taking views. However, the week before delivered steady snowfall over five days, totaling a cool 17″ before clearing out Friday.

Headwall and Big Chute were chalky, pressed, completely empty and worked well for temporarily allowing gravity to have the upper hand. The North Face told the same story as well.

Chopped, but still solid conditions following 5-straight days of snow. Photo: SnowBrains

Teocalli Bowl was home to some soft leftovers, allowing confident landings in between tighter spaced trees. However, the lower, south-facing aspects definitely got zapped by Friday’s intense sun. Teo 2 remains closed still.

The Peak and High Banana Entrance remain closed as well, however, terrain below the peak is open to Flat Iron.

International was beautifully groomed and ripped hard top-to-bottom. 

Spellbound Bowl held excellent snow, however, plenty of barely-exposed rocks keeps it just on the wrong side of thrash-and-burn. The same held true as the terrain in the area panned out below.

Staircase held Saturday’s Free-ride World Tour Qualifier. Plenty tracked, but still plenty of fun.

We were about to ski Rambo before giving someone who’d be standing there longer a head-nod. About 30 feet and five very jagged-sounding rocks later, we decided to leave it for next time…

Fortunately, the week ahead looks exciting with multiple days of snow expected.


Image: Crested Butte


Crested Butte
The week ahead. Image: NOAA


Saturday’s clouds didn’t produce snow but kept things cold. Photo: SnowBrains
Point it ‘n’ pray! Skier: Petzel. Photo: SnowBrains
Pheonix Bowl
Improving coverage in recently opened terrain. Photo: SnowBrains
Freeride World Tour
FWT Qualifiers went down Saturday on Staircase. Photo: SnowBrains
Abundant sun on the namesake day. Photo: SnowBrains
Hard-pressed steeps. PhotoL SnowBrains
Another area opens and sees it’s first tracks of the season. Photo: SnowBrains
Crested Butte. Photo: SnowBrains

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