After another eight inches of snow in the last 24 hours, Crested Butte, CO, was able to open the Phoenix and Spellbound bowls on Monday, expanding guests’ access to its famed extreme terrain. This means the resort now has nearly 1,400 acres available for skiing and riding—that’s 91% of its in-bounds terrain.
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Mother Nature has been kind to Crested Butte this season. They’ve gotten 146 inches of snow so far and are expecting more snow with a series of storms rolling in this week. All that snow, combined with the hard work of the Mountain Operations and Patrol teams, has allowed it to open new terrain consistently throughout the season.
Helping Patrol teams open the Phoenix and Spellbound bowls is a new avalauncher. This device replaces the previous avalauncher for the Phoenix/Spellbound areas, allowing patrol teams to launch explosives uphill and access terrain earlier in the day than they otherwise might.