The Perfect Weekend

The Alley Loop

Crested Butte is known as Colorado’s last great ski town for good reason. With epic pistes for alpine skiing and 50 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails, skiing is the community’s lifeblood. Nothing epitomizes the passion and charm of Crested Butte more than the Alley Loop.

The Alley Loop is a cross-country ski race that feels like a festival. The race course winds its way through the historic alleys and streets of downtown Crested Butte, filled with snow and groomed specially for the occasion. The locals come out in force, racing, cheering, volunteering, or hosting annual “aid” stations, replete with festive libations. With six distance options and events in both classic and skate skiing, the Alley Loop offers something for everyone. The 21K and 42K draw avid nordic skiers, but most folks join in the fun of the 5K, where the competition is focused on best costume more than best time. The Alley Loop’s focus on skiing and fun, costumes and community is the perfect way to experience the best of Crested Butte.

Photo by Nathan Bilow

Colorado Crafted

After the Alley Loop, round out your weekend by heading up the hill to Mt. Crested Butte to partake in Colorado Crafted, a craft food and spirits festival held the very same day. Live music will keep you entertained while you sample Colorado wine, beer, and liquors from companies such as Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, Eddyline Brewery, and Black Arts Cellars, as well as foods like artisan smoked meats from Hogwood Barbecue and handmade ice cream from Third Bowl. After a fun ski through town in the morning, relax into the evening by enjoying the best apres scene of the year. This year, Crafted is offering $5 off to Alley Loop Participants to make this weekend even sweeter.

Lodging Partners

After all that skiing, eating, and drinking, you’ll be ready to spend the night. Mt. Crested Butte has a variety of lodging options just steps away from Crafted, no driving needed. Want to get the authentic ski lodge experience? Try the Nordic Inn. Want ski-in, ski-out access and luxury accommodations? Try the West Wall Lodge. All of the Mt. Crested Butte lodging options position you perfectly to get in a glorious day of downhill skiing to cap off a great weekend. In addition, lodging partners offer a variety of discounts to Alley Loop participants to make it easy for you to ski and stay for the whole weekend.

Ready to experience the true passion of a true Colorado Ski Town? Register now for the Alley Loop and receive discounts on tickets to Colorado Crafted and lodging.

The Alley Loop | February 1, 2020 | Crested Butte
Race Distances -42K, 21K, 10K, 5K, 3K, 1K
Crested Butte is the Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado. CB Nordic maintains 50 kilometers of world-class groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, accessible right from the town of Crested Butte. The Nordic Center offers ski and snowshoe rental packages, as well as private lessons, clinics, backcountry tours, and fine dining at their trail-side yurt. Get more out of winter with CB Nordic.


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