Winter in Crested Butte, Colorado is off and rolling with a great first month and half to the season ! It is already mid-January and stopping to take a quick break and reflect on all that has been going on over the past 45 days, is making our heads spin, our hearts beat fast, and our smiles even bigger. It has been an awesome start to the winter and 2014 thus far.
The beginnings of winter in late November and early December brought some of the best and deepest powder skiing in sometime, with many of us commenting that our ‘early season’ powder turns may have been better then anything we experienced throughout all of last season. And although the consistent and big early season snows have tapered off as of lately, we are still getting the frequent big dump of snow and the backcountry skiing and riding has been truly great ! We’ve already been experiencing a full and busy guiding schedule with multiple trips heading out weekly to sample the goods of the Crested Butte backcountry.
And along with the good backcountry skiing and riding we have of course also been enjoying some of the great teaching conditions the Colorado snowpack has again allowed us, helping us to continue our reputation as one of the premier guide services for providing excellent AIARE Level 1, Level 1 Hut Courses, Level 2, & Refresher Courses right out of backdoor.
Course enrollments are continuing to grow as the season progresses and the snow continues to fall, and with a new and improved classroom space for the in-town sessions, we feel our already high quality avalanche course product is now even better. And, the AIARE Level 1 Hut Course format has been a real success, with almost every one of our 6 hut courses this year sold-out already !
Lastly, lets not forget the ice climbing season we’re having ! Although Crested Butte is not known for ice climbing, we are located close enough to the world famous San Juan Mountains and both the Ouray and Lake City Ice Parks, that a day of ice in these amazing venues is just a short drive away.
This season, not only have we been blessed with great early season snowfall, but the unusually wet and rainy Summer and Fall seasons here in the Rockies have provided copious amounts of water and snowmelt from which we are experiencing a banner year for ice climbing in Colorado,with some climbs in better and ‘fatter’ condition then many locals have seen in almost 20 years!
But don’t let us tell you all about all the fun we’re having so far. Come and join us and let us share with you our excitement for winter and all the backcountry adventures and experiences that a day in the mountains with a professional guide can provide !
- Jayson Simons-Jones (CBMG Lead Guide)