“Keep doing your snow dances!”
[ By Kendra Walker ]
Dreaming of North Face pillows and steep Headwall turns? Recent signs of Ski Patrol mitigation in the terrain accessed by both The High Lift and North Face Lift suggest that we’re on our way, and hopes were high with the latest storm to bring our first T-bar laps in the extremes this season.
Bottom line, we need more natural snow to safely open additional terrain, said Crested Butte Mountain Resort senior communications specialist Will Shoemaker. The resort has been waiting for more natural snow to safely open additional terrain. While Wednesday’s storm system looked promising, CBMR could not confirm any new and permanent openings.
“We’re currently enjoying great surface conditions thanks to our grooming team. Our Mountain Operations team has worked hard this winter to open 13 lifts and 95 trails across 899 acres, including the Ten Peaks Progression Park and Lower Twister Terrain Park,” he said. “We just need Mother Nature to deliver a bit more natural snow to safely open additional terrain. Keep doing your snow dances!”
As for the upcoming President’s Day weekend, CBMR is ready and prepared for the anticipated huge influx of visitors. Shoemaker said that the mountain has extended outdoor seating and brought in more tables at both Ten Peaks and Paradise to allow for physical distancing. “With excitement around the holiday weekend, we also urge guests interested in Ski School to think about booking a lesson if they haven’t done so already,” he said.
The EpicMix app, introduced at CBMR last season, allows guests to check on lift line wait times at Paradise and East River lifts (as well as High Lift and North Face Lift, when open). It currently doesn’t list wait times at the Silver Queen or Red Lady Express, but “We’ll keep you updated if the EpicTime function is added to more lifts,” said Shoemaker. The app also provides quick access to check and add reservations, includes interactive trail maps complete with GPS tracking and real-time grooming updates, as well as direct access to Ski Patrol.
Heading into the busiest part of the ski season, Shoemaker reminds guests to plan ahead and make sure they have their reservation or lift tickets. Face coverings continue to be required in Mountaineer Square, the base area and all aspects of mountain operations.