The Winter of 2008/2009 is slowly starting to show it’s end here in Crested Butte, on this first day of spring. However, we know winters here at 9,000′ are long and there is no doubt we will still be backcountry skiing here for at least another month.
Here at CBMG we have just wrapped up our second AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course and our final course of the season. Spring Break is here at the ski resort, and the warm temps and rapid snowmelt have us beginning to think about upcoming rockclimbing, mountain biking, and mountaineering seasons. Now is the time to start planning a spring trip, as some of our guides have already been enjoying warm days on dry rock in Taylor Canyon, and Hartmans Rocks in Gunnison will no doubt be in prime mountain-biking condition soon.
As owner/operator of Crested Butte Mountain Guides, I will once again be off to Europe on Monday for our annual guided ski tour of the world-famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Once again this trip will be done in conjunction with Adventures To The Edge, and should prove to be another exceptional European alpine experience…stay tuned for pictures and a future blog post.
In the meantime we are still running backcountry ski & snowboard tours, hut trips, ski mountaineering, and our ‘Ski the 14ers’ camps from now until mid-May and have a full staff of our exceptional and AMGA trained guides around.
And remember spring is a great time to enjoy some warmer and longer days, and ski some corn snow on some bigger and steeper lines. Get out and “ski early and ski often.”
—Jayson Simons-Jones (Owner / Guide)