Sliding and gliding at Crested Butte.
My husband and I recently spent two days at Crested Butte — one on the mountain and one on the cross-country trails. Of course, we picked the wrong day for each version of the snowsliding sports.
On day one, with overcast skies, a lot of flat light, a bit of breeze and a need for new snow, we got on the chairlift and headed up the hill. It was not the best way to start 2015. We mostly skied the blues, sticking to the edges of the trails, and at certain spots on the mountain when the sky and the snow melded into one white sheet, we bailed for the greens when we could.
Wouldn’t you know it, but the next day was sunny and lovely. We had allocated for cross-country at the Crested Butte Nordic Center, and we stuck to our plan. Of course, it was delightful to be on the well-groomed trails and to stop at the congenial yurt. Usually, I say that I like cross-country and love Alpine, but my feelings were reversed this time. At Crested Butte, with a free bus connecting the venues for both, it’s easy to switch. I just wish we had done it the other way.
This time, rather than staying in town or on the mountain, we overnighted at the Inn at Tomichi Village in Gunnison, an easy commute by car or bus.