6 Things Backcountry Skiers Can Do When It Isn’t Snowing

In much of Colorado, we’re currently sitting high and dry, without much snow in the forecast. Northern Colorado is close to average, but central and southern Colorado are anywhere from 30-70% of average. Across the rest of North America, some areas are already having a year to remember, while other areas are just as dry as we are here in Crested Butte. So, what’s a backcountry skier supposed to do when there is no snow?

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TR: Mountain Biking the Star Trail (411) near Taylor Park

When my buddy Jon and I looked at this trail, we assumed it would be a giant downhill from near treeline all the way down to the Rocky Brook road which connect Spring Creek and Taylor Park. That is not how the Star trail works, however. This is one of those trails that somehow seems to go up more than it goes down. When we were done after a long, long day, Jon dubbed the route “The Crippler”.

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