Crested Butte Spring Skiing 2018

(Last Updated On: April 16, 2018)

It’s no secret we had a rough 2017-18 ski season in Crested Butte. 145″. That’s the season snowfall at CBMR. But hey, it broke the 144″ of the equally bad 2012 by a whole inch. The tough thing was that so little of that came early in the year, too. That meant that we were plagued by a nasty snowpack most of the year, too. The only times it wasn’t sketchy were when the whole snowpack was rotten from top to bottom. For the most part, everyone did an admirable job of dialing it back this season, thankfully. But springtime eventually arrives, and with it, the chance to ski some steeper lines.

It isn’t exactly game on, but it isn’t the “do not touch” that we were dealing with the rest of the year. So, we’ve been getting out on a few lines, with deeper snowpacks, and open runouts. First, of course, we needed to make our way to the top:
Crested Butte backcountry 2018

Irwin backcountry skiing

Looking into one of the many line choices:
ruby range colorado

As is so often the case in the springtime, we found perfect conditions on steep North faces. Ben Furimsky:
ben furimsky 2018 skiing


Brittany was up next (finally some steeper backcountry turns on her new knee):
skiing under a cornice

steep powder skiing

steep powder skiing colorado

Austin Gibney on what is probably my favorite line on this face. Hard to believe I was able to ski it in October just a few years ago.:
austin gibney snowboard crested butte

austin backcountry snowboarding crested butte

My turn on a couple of different days in this zone:
elk mountains backcountry skiing

14erskiers photo

not in the west elks skiing

powder

So good we had to go back for even more. Tom Runcie:
tom runcie skiing

spiny skiing

april skiing colorado

It looks like we have some smaller storms and freezing temperatures for the foreseeable future, so that should bode well for a good spring ski season. Nobody believes it, but we had a great spring in 2012 despite the lack of snow during that dismal winter. Hopefully 2018 is a repeat of that..

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Crested Butte Spring Skiing 2018
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Crested Butte Spring Skiing 2018
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Backcountry skiing near Crested Butte and Irwin during the spring of 2018
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Frank Konsella

Frank loves snow more than anything... except his wife.  He ensures his food is digested properly by chewing it 32 times before swallowing.He is a full-time real estate agent serving Crested Butte and Gunnison and would be honored to send you his monthly newsletter.

Frank Konsella

Frank loves snow more than anything... except his wife.    He ensures his food is digested properly by chewing it 32 times before swallowing. He is a full-time real estate agent serving Crested Butte and Gunnison and would be honored to send you his monthly newsletter.

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