Crested Butte Nordic Skiing Update

Welcome to the Winter of 2011 – 2012!
The snow is here and our season is off to a roaring start! The trails are packed at Lily Lake and about to be groomed by the Snowcat. First up on the calendar of events is the Community Potluck Dinner on Thursday, November 10, followed by the ski swap on Saturday, November 12. Join us over Thanksgiving for the annual Training Camp–3 days of clinics for beginners to experts in both classic and skate skiing. We’ll round out Thanksgiving weekend with a benefit celebration for the CBNC at the newly named Kick’n’Glide Winter Gala, featuring food, music, and both a silent and live auction.

Lily Lake Update
As of November 6, the base at Lily Lake was 24 inches. The trails were packed repeatedly this weekend, and we’re headed out with the Snowcat tonight. Volunteers spent the fall clearing new and old Lily Lake trails and we are pleased to announce a new entrance off of Kebler Pass road that’s a more gradual climb to the top. Parking’s available at the Irwin Y, from which you can jump on the easy trails in the valley, and then link up to the new entrance just East of the Y, near where the Wagon Trail joins Kebler Pass Road. Maps of the Lily Lake trails will be available at the CBNC front desk at the Potluck on Thursday. Once again the road will be plowed to the Y through Thanksgiving weekend, making for top-notch skiing during our 11th Annual Thanksgiving Camp.

Ski Swap – November 12
*Rental Skis for SALE*
It’s time to dig out those cross-country skis from the garage, pull your snowshoes down from the attic, and get yourself organized for winter. Come sell your old gear and acquire new-to-you equipment at our annual Nordic Ski Swap on November 12. Drop off is on Friday, from 9 am to 7 pm, Swap is Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, and pick up is Saturday 2 – 5 pm. Entry is $5 on Saturday, and gets you access to not just your neighbor’s skis, but also a bunch of our Nordic rental fleet. Nordic, Telemark, and Alpine Touring equipment are welcome!

Thanksgiving Camp – November 24-26
Now in it’s 11th year, our Thanksgiving Camp just keeps getting better. Trail additions and maintenance have made for improved skiing, and our clinic offerings taught by expert instructors continue to grow. This year, we’re pleased to present three days of clinics taught by Rebecca Dussault, Ingrid Butts, Ross Matlock, Murray Banks, and Toni Westerholm. Work up an appetite with us on Thursday morning at the Classic Skills & Drills refresher day from 9 to 11 am. This new clinic is the perfect way to warm-up for the weekend, learn some new tricks, and meet other Camp participants and instructors so you’re set up for success in the later clinics. Friday and Saturday you’ll get the chance to start your day off right with Pilates taught by Kenny Marks at the Nordic Center at 7 am. The on-snow clinics include beginning, intermediate, and advanced classic and skate clinics. Other featured clinics include the Masters Race and Women’s-specific clinics in both Classic and Skate.

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Kick’n’Glide Winter Gala – November 26

Everyone loves a party, and so we’veĀ decided to throw ourselves a good one. Every Thanksgiving weekend we host our traditional silent auction dinner, and while the silent auction remains, the name and the venue have changed. Join us this year at the Kick’n’Glide Winter Gala, hosted at Montanya Distillers on Saturday, November 26 at 6 pm. This benefit for the Crested Butte Nordic Council will feature cuisine prepared by Tim Egelhoff, dancing, music by the Beatles tribute band, Dr. Robert, and both a silent and a live auction. Entry is $25 ($5 for children) and includes one Montanya Rum Cocktail for adults.

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