My First Tracks of 2015 at Crested Butte

Sliding and gliding at Crested Butte.

CrestedButte-logoMy 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.

We did have a wide choice of runs and opted for blues and the occasional green detour.
We did have a wide choice of runs and opted for blues and the occasional green detour. No Resurrection for us!
Me, asking my husband which way he might want to go.
Me, asking my husband which way he might want to go.
Some sun shone on distant mountains, but there was none on the slopes.
Some sun shone on distant mountains, but there was none on the slopes.

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.

A bluebird day at Crested Butte's Nordic trails.
A bluebird day at Crested Butte’s Nordic trails.
Great groomed for classical skiing and for energetic skate-skiing too.
Great groomed for classical skiing and for energetic skate-skiing too. Dogs are permitted on some trails, and the Nordic Center even sells season passes for pooches.
The Big Meadows yurt is a find trailside stop for a rest, a snack or a picnic.
The Big Meadows yurt is a find trailside stop for a rest, a snack or a picnic.

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.