Lots of changes at Crested Butte for 2010/11
Sun 12 September 10
Some new gladed runs, and a new Gold Link Terrain Park and Superpipe is planned are the big news, but they are also investing in more snowmaking equipment and improvements to the base area.
“We’ve given detailed thought to our terrain and on-mountain amenities and how the mountain is laid out,” said Ken Stone, COO of CBMR. “Our goal going into the 2010-2011 season is to maximize our assets. To accomplish that objective we’ve reconfigured things a bit, freeing up additional intermediate terrain in the process.”
Crews are glading Horseshoe Springs – expanding tree-skiing options and, as a result, adding more intermediate terrain to the resort’s tally.
CBMR also introduces the new Gold Link Terrain Park and Superpipe for the 2010-2011 season. By relocating the resort’s largest park and pipe, crews have created a complete freestyle park pod off the Painter Boy and Goldlink lifts. This translates to a literal playground for the park enthusiast, highlighted by the ability to progress from one park – and one feature size – to the next. The Cascade location also is ideal for larger park features, offering a consistent fall line for the jib park and half pipe. Cascade is blessed with good afternoon light, allowing for better visibility, and its proximity to mountain operations headquarters means snowcat operators have easier access and more time for preening features. The new location also leaves crews hopeful for delivery of a constructed half pipe in time for the Christmas holiday, thanks to the park’s location along the main water feed pipe for the mountain’s snowmaking system.
With these mindful improvements and reconfigurations skiers and riders at CBMR gain back two full-length trails in the resort’s best existing intermediate pod.
Guests to CBMR also will note increased snowmaking capabilities resulting in earlier terrain openings and a better late season base. Increased snowmaking at the base area will allow for Peachtree beginners lift and the Camp CB teaching area and magic carpets to open on the first day of the season. And, the resort is eager to utilize its $40,000 NSAA grant, which translates to 10 new high efficiency tower guns.
Another notable change on the mountain is the new NASTAR race arena located on the Canaan trail just above the Paradise Warming House.
At the base, $400,000 in improvements and enhancements to the Treasury Center base lodge include more seating and expanded skier services, such as lockers and bathrooms. Butte 66, a popular choice for lunch and après ski, will also benefit from extensive renovations, and the Spellbound Pizza Company will move to a new location on the remodeled third floor of the Treasury Building.
For more information visit www.skicb.com
Tue 14 September 10, Norfolk Ski Club, United Kingdom
The 2010 British Snow Tour made its first stop of the series over the weekend - 11th & 12th September at Norfolk Snowsports Centre for the Protest Slopestyle, Giro Big Air and Trespass Skiercross Championships
Wed 15 September 10
Author of our Snow-search Japan book, Keith Stubbs along with instructor Brian Findlay, have launched a new venture offering coaching-based powder trips around Hokkaido, Japan
Wed 15 September 10, Stubai Glacier, Austria
More fresh snow in the alps, Andes, Australia and New Zealand. Second Austrian Glacier Resort, Pitztal, Opens For 8 Month Ski Season, two more at weekend. Tignes the first French resort to open slopes next week. Last weekend of the season for Las Lenas.
Sun 19 September 10, Breckenridge, USA
Breckenridge have announced that their Freeway Terrain Park on Peak 8 will now include a 22-foot superpipe, and Brit Nate Kern will be joining their freeride team for 2010/11
Mon 20 September 10
The British Snow Tour made its first indoor stop of the series on Sunday 19th September at Glasgow SNO!zone for the Trespass Snowboard Championships and Rail Jam