Crested Butte‘s opening day was just this past Wednesday during the tail end of the latest storm. Locals continually repeat that this has been one of the better opening days in many years. There is no “white ribbon of death” this year. Instead, skiers have several runs to choose from- many of which are groomed. But, there’s a few that remain ungroomed and there are also powder stashes to be had if you know where to go.
CBMR’s website is reporting five lifts are open. But, unless you are a beginner, you’ll only be riding two: Red Lady and Teocalli. Between those two lifts and the numerous groomed runs that are open, the slopes seem uncrowded. The lack of crowds and CBMR’s high-quality grooming make the groomed runs actually pretty fun. I truly believe that CBMR has the best grooming in the entire state of Colorado. That being said, the mountain still has a long way to go until the desirable terrain that we love is open. However, the resort is on their game. They are prepping the Paradise lift and Silver Queen lift, and the trails that lead down from them. Rumors are flying, but many say Paradise should open this coming Sunday. It’s been a great November. Hopefully the snow will continue to fly through December too!