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Must-Ski Nordic Trails In Crested Butte

January 30, 2019

Crested Butte might serve 2,775 vertical feet and boast 1,547 skiable acres, but it’s also worth appreciating Crested Butte’s horizontal feet served — or, in other words, the amazing Nordic skiing.

In fact, Crested Butte is hailed as the Nordic ski capital of Colorado, and it takes this reputation seriously.

Crested Butte Nordic maintains 55 kilometres of groomed Nordic trails, each with their own twists and turns. You can’t really go wrong with any trail, but we’ve compiled a few of the must-ski Nordic trails around Crested Butte.

Magic Meadows (4.6K)

The name here says it all. Magic Meadows is one of the most popular Nordic trails in Crested Butte, and for good reason. It begins at the Peanut Lake Trailhead (just one mile west of Crested Butte proper) and provides access to mountainside yurts. Stop by the Backcountry Bistro or Magic Meadows Yurt to eat a great meal and replenish for your trip back.

Mike’s Mile (2.3K; dog friendly)

This Nordic trail is a part of Crested Butte’s history as a mining town. Take this mellow trail along an old railway grade as you make your way from Slate River Valley to Gunsight Bridge. As an out-and-back, you can do this trail in the morning and still have a full day.

Ruthie’s Run (5K)

As a maintained race course, Ruthie’s Run includes challenging hills, fast descents, and breathtaking views. Trek your way through aspen groves, spruce forests, and open meadows. Because of the ups and downs on this trail, it’s generally considered an intermediate to advanced option.

Town Ranch (3K; dog friendly)

Town Ranch is mellow, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. This trail is open to dogs, fat bikes, and anyone looking to take in views of Crested Butte as they get in some good cardio.

Because Town Ranch is an east-facing trail, it can still be enjoyable in the late afternoon.

Whether you’re a Nordic aficionado or you’re looking for a new way to experience Crested Butte, you can’t go wrong with the miles and miles of well-maintained Nordic skiing around town.

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