Crested Butte, CO Report: Mixed Weather, Park Laps, and Dust on Crust

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Dom Alei ollieing the down flat down rail. Credit: Dominic Gawel

Report from Sunday, March 21, 2021

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Crested Butte, CO – The days are getting longer, and the (resort) season is getting shorter. Today yielded some classic spring conditions with dust on crush, mixed weather, and sticky slow snow. Much of the groomed mountain was slow and sticky, although the extremes yielded some softer snow.

I started the day taking some park laps. I met up with some friends and hot-lapped Red Lady several runs through the Smith Hill drop to the park. The park has some fun offerings – multiple snow features, two jumps, and a variety of rails. Rails were slick with fresh wet snow while the jumps were slow. I barely managed to clear the jumps pumping into them. Time to put some warm weather wax on!

Fredo’s – an infamous Crested Butte cliff band. Credit: Dominic Gawel

After some fun laps through the park, I ventured into the extremes for a few laps.  I started planning a line and inspecting the Headwall for the IFSA FWQ 2* event next week. Traditionally this event has been on the Headwall, although the IFSA has not announced a specific venue. Angle Gully, a popular area on Headwall, is roped off to keep fresh snow from getting skied off.

After a lap on the Headwall, I took two laps off the North Face Lift (NFL). I took a line through Fredo’s down to Competition Cliffs and scouted out Little Hour Glass. Little Hour Glass is looking good and ready to hit! I did not venture back to that area but plan to later this week. After a few more laps, I called it a day and headed back to the parking lot.

Skier Thomas LaJoie sliding the up rail. Credit: Dominic Gawel

The mountain currently is 90% open with all lifts and 144/160 trails open. Third Bowl, Teocalli 2, and the far-off front side extremes will likely not open this season. Crested Butte’s extremes are expansive and have many areas to explore, so there is no shortage of terrain.

Crested Butte is set to close on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Unfortunately, that means there are only two more weeks of lift-accessed resort skiing left. With a 56″ base depth on the resort and twice that in local backcountry zones, there are still months of skiing to be had.

Snow Numbers:

Credit: Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Weather Forecast:

Credit: NOAA


The Little Hourglass. Credit: Dominic Gawel
Skier Dom Alei grabbing tail on the Smith Hill Drop. Credit: Dominic Gawel
A classic view of Mt. Crested Butte from the Silver Queen chairlift. Credit: Dominic Gawel
Looking up the Lower Twister Terrain park from the Red Lady Lift. Credit: Dominic Gawel
Clouds moved quickly today! Snowing one minute and sunny the next. Credit: Dominic Gawel

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One thought on “Crested Butte, CO Report: Mixed Weather, Park Laps, and Dust on Crust

  1. Enjoy it! Thank god for the backcountry, helps ease the sting of CB closing so damn early

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