Thursday, March 15, 2018

Crested Butte opens more terrain for skibikers

by G. Kunkel

Crested Butte ski area has allowed skibikes for the past few seasons.  Unfortunately, they seemed to not really understand their capabilities.  Bikers were restricted to green and blue runs.  How boring.

This season they've loosened their restrictions somewhat.  Skibikes and skibobs are now permitted on all green, blue, and black runs.  Restricted terrain is now double black diamond runs and extreme terrain.   No access to terrain parks either.

Never-evers will need to take a two hour lesson and earn a Crested Butte snowbike license.  Those holding a license from another resort will need to review skibike procedures, chairlift loading, and permitted terrain with one of their instructors.  One will then be issued a Crested Butte license.

Type 1 and Type 2 skibikes are permitted at the resort.  There is no mention if homebuilt bikes are permitted.  Leashes are not required on the lift.

Skibob rentals and lessons are available at Crested Butte.

I can live with these policies.  I know some people will be disappointed that the higher level expert terrain is off-limits.   You'll just have to travel on to Telluride and Silverton.  You know who you are.  Remember, Silverton is currently 'by invitation only'.  Telluride will let one ride anywhere you want to.

Get current Crested Butte skibike policies here.

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