Crested Butte, CO Report: Chalk, Bumps, and Snow in the Forecast!

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Snowboarder Carter Baker stomping his first backflips of the season on the Paradise wind lip. Photo: Dominic Gawel

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Report from Saturday, January 16, 2021

Crested Butte, CO is offering chalk, bumps, hardpack, and responsive snow. Although it has not significantly snowed in several weeks, the snow is skiing exceptionally well with few icy spots. Crested Butte has a 30″ base depth and an 83″ season total so far. Temperatures have been unseasonably warm in the upper 20’s and low 30’s. Just about everything except the T-bars and extreme terrain on the mountain is open.

The mountain needs a lot more snow to really get going. Neither T-bars are open and need several more feet of snow to get them open. Snowpack in the Gunnison zone is sitting at 66% of average and it definitely feels like it. Luckily, there is significant snow in the forecast for next week!

There are two terrain parks open at Crested Butte. The Lower Twister Park has 2 medium-large jumps, some playful snow features, and about 10 rails. The Ten Peaks Progression Park has a small jump and 4 beginner jibs. The parks are a ton of fun while waiting for more coverage.

Resurrection under the East River Lift. Photo: Dominic Gawel

Nearly all of the mogul runs on the mountain are thin and you will hit sticks, rocks, and trees. That being said, East River is the best place on the mountain to get your bumps in. Resurrection is yielding chalky bumps that are a ton of fun, although you will hit things due to the lack of snow. The gullies in the East River trees are also skiing similarly and are a ton of fun.

For those in search of groomers, sun, and views, head to the Ten Peaks area. Nearly all of the runs in the Ten Peaks area are groomed and lift lines are short. This is an awesome area to head to for beginner and intermediate skiers looking to progress to more complex terrain.

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Mt. Crested Butte from the Silver Queen chairlift. Photo: Dominic Gawel
Crested Butte views. Photo: Dominic Gawel
Bare spots are starting to show. Snow is needed! Photo: Dominic Gawel
Epic sunset skinning the resort after closing. Photo: Dominic Gawel

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