Guidebook

Freeriding Crested Butte, One of Colorado's Rowdiest Mountains

A mountain resort with a soul, and slopes with standout terrain.

Description

Tucked away in the high mountains of Central Colorado, Crested Butte is one of North America’s great low key mountain resorts. It’s known for its expansive and diverse terrain, gorgeous scenery, and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The lowdown: More than 1,500 skiable acres, 300 inches of snowfall per year, and a vertical drop of over 3,000 ft. There’s a ton of options for advanced skiers and freeriders, from short, playful chutes to great fall line skiing, and some of the steepest lines in Colorado.

Sources: https://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/crested-butte-mountain-resort/ski-resort.html

Big Tree Chute
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Big Tree Chute

Crested Butte
111 m
41 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Big Tree Chute is the lowest skier's right hand boundary of Third Bowl through a natural chute between trees and rocks.
Severe
Private
Morning Glory Reacharound
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Morning Glory Reacharound

Crested Butte
31 m
25 °
E
0 m
0.3 km
The Morning Glory Reacharound is a way to get back to Headwall after skiing the top pitch of Morning Glory.
Moderate
Private
Keyhole / Last Stash
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Keyhole / Last Stash

Crested Butte
126 m
35 °
N
0 m
0.4 km
Keyhole / Last Stash is a steep pitch in tight trees above Last Steep, accessed by a short side-step above "Easy Out" Exit To Paradise.
Difficult
Private
Rabbit Ears
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Rabbit Ears

Crested Butte
127 m
37 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
Rabbit Ears is a high, steep pitch into Headwall with many rocks off of the Headwall Ridge Traverse.
Severe
Private
Luge
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Luge

Crested Butte
107 m
22 °
W
0 m
0.5 km
A bump run through the aspen trees
Moderate
Private
Lookout
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Lookout

Crested Butte
130 m
43 °
N
64 m
0.5 km
A chute below huge cliffs that descend into the top of Phoenix Bowl; when open, the upper entrance is only for people who like mandatory 10 foot air.
Extreme
Private
Hall of Fame - PERMANENTLY CLOSED
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Hall of Fame - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Crested Butte
225 m
43 °
NW
0 m
0.3 km
Hall of Fame is a Permanently Closed area off the peak over rocks and very exposed chutes into Upper Banana.
Extreme
Private
Land of Many Names
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Land of Many Names

Crested Butte
109 m
37 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Land of Many Names is a pillow land with all types of 5-25 foot cliffs to bounce between.
Difficult
Private
Outta Sight Outta Mind
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Outta Sight Outta Mind

Crested Butte
167 m
42 °
E
0 m
0.3 km
Outta Sight Outta Mind has some serious pillows and spines through trees from the top of Teo 2.
Severe
Private
Lower Parachute
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Lower Parachute

Crested Butte
106 m
46 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
Lower Parachute is the continuation of Upper Parachute through the main gut of Third with awesome tree chutes and pillows to play around with.
Severe
Private
Good Luck Glades
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Good Luck Glades

Crested Butte
105 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Good Luck Glades is the skier's right hand side of Third Bowl after the top pitches bench out above Lower Parachute and Solar Plexus.
Difficult
Private
Solar Plexus
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Solar Plexus

Crested Butte
122 m
40 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
Solar Plexus can be a pillow smashers dream over large and medium pillows if the conditions are right and it's not too sun baked.
Severe
Private
Close Call
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Close Call

Crested Butte
87 m
34 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Close Call is the left hand entrance of Third Bowl with demanding, tight, tree chutes through rocks that open up to a fun pitch.
Severe
Private
Smuggler's Knob
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Smuggler's Knob

Crested Butte
59 m
34 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Smuggler's Knob is the skier's right hand rope line area on a little bench under Good Luck Glades as it falls through steep, fun terrain into Lower Third Bowl.
Difficult
Private
Solar Junkyard / Magic Carpet
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Solar Junkyard / Magic Carpet

Crested Butte
142 m
47 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
Solar Junkyard and Magic Carpet form the skier's left hand side of Third Bowl after Solar Plexus and High Exit are joined by the Lower Third Bowl entrance from Phoenix Bowl.
Severe
Private
Mushroom Cliffs Bowl
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Mushroom Cliffs Bowl

Crested Butte
84 m
35 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
Mushroom Cliffs Bowl has playful pillows and steep trees on the skier's right hand boundary of Third Bowl
Difficult
Private
Whatever
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Whatever

Crested Butte
42 m
19 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Deep on the skier's right boundary of Teo 2 you'll find Whatever after taking the Teo 2 traverse all the way out.
Moderate
Private
Low Exit
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Low Exit

Crested Butte
61 m
30 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
Low Exit is a small bowl under High Exit where Lower Third Bowl entrance from Phoenix Bowl joins Lower Third Bowl via Solar Junkyard / Magic Carpet and you can head back into Phoenix Bowl.
Difficult
Private
Schnoid's
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Schnoid's

Crested Butte
94 m
36 °
E
1 m
0.3 km
Schnoid's are some tight, mellower trees found after Outta Sight Outta Mind on the skier's left hand side of Teo 2.
Moderate
Private
Phoenix Chutes
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Phoenix Chutes

Crested Butte
211 m
40 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Steep tree chutes with larger cliffs and lines
Extreme
Private
Upper Parachute
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Upper Parachute

Crested Butte
85 m
35 °
E
0 m
0.1 km
Upper Parachute is the central entrance into Third Bowl, with big pillows or mandatory turns around them through the trees.
Difficult
Private
Big Hourglass - PERMANENTLY CLOSED
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Big Hourglass - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Crested Butte
164 m
39 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Big Hourglass is a permanently closed area on the skier's left side of lower Third Bowl sometimes used as freeride competition venue.
Extreme
Private
High Exit
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High Exit

Crested Butte
105 m
45 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
High Exit has some steep, fun, gladed skiing along the skier's left hand side of Third Bowl as it is joined by the Lower Third Bowl Entrance from Phoenix Bowl.
Extreme
Private
Rock N Roll Glades
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Rock N Roll Glades

Crested Butte
126 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
A fun tree run littered with small cliff drops.
Severe
Private
Powder Rock Glade
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Powder Rock Glade

Crested Butte
44 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
Powder Rock Glade is the skier's left hand boundary of The Glades before it hits "Easy Out".
Moderate
Private
Leaning Tree Chute
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Leaning Tree Chute

Crested Butte
85 m
41 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
Leaning Tree Chute is an awesome, steep chute on the skier's right side of Dead End Chutes.
Severe
Private
Tower 10 Glades
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Tower 10 Glades

Crested Butte
72 m
31 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Tower 10 Glades is the most skier's left side of The Glades under the Paradise Express with fun tree skiing and powder stashes.
Moderate
Private
Sun Steps
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Sun Steps

Crested Butte
41 m
26 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Slightly gladed playful terrain with some drops
Moderate
Private
Center Westwall
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Center Westwall

Crested Butte
79 m
37 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
Steep tree skiing with fun chutes and bony airs.
Severe
Private
Stevie's
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Stevie's

Crested Butte
64 m
24 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Stevie's is a big open pitch in the middle of The Glades below Honey Pie.
Moderate
Private
Sunny Glade
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Sunny Glade

Crested Butte
138 m
38 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A quick clear steep pitch in the middle of a thick tree section in the trees between Big Chute and Headwall Glades
Severe
Private
Paradise Lift Glade
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Paradise Lift Glade

Crested Butte
78 m
29 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
Paradise Lift Glade looks out over the Paradise area with big bumps and powder stashes.
Difficult
Private
Treeline
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Treeline

Crested Butte
62 m
29 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Treeline is a steep, fun, rolling pitch along the skier's left side of Old Pro.
Moderate
Private
The Sink
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The Sink

Crested Butte
125 m
25 °
NE
0 m
0.5 km
The Sink is a low-lying pow stash through aspen and pine forests off the Teocalli Lift.
Moderate
Private
Championship Cliffs
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Championship Cliffs

Crested Butte
104 m
45 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A large cliff area in the far upper skier's right of the Sock it to Me Ridge.
Extreme
Private
Left West Wall
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Left West Wall

Crested Butte
89 m
31 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Steep tree skiing through rocky terrain and fun lines.
Severe
Private
Little Hourglass
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Little Hourglass

Crested Butte
91 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A steep apron that funnels into a narrow mandatory cliff move before opening up in the runout.
Severe
Private
Buck's Traverse
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Buck's Traverse

Crested Butte
26 m
22 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Buck's Traverse gives you the chance to get back to Paradise Express from Last Steep if don't want to head to East River.
Moderate
Private
Horseshoe Nose
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Horseshoe Nose

Crested Butte
93 m
38 °
E
0 m
0.3 km
The steep end of the Horseshoe Ridge, offering bony airs and mini spines.
Difficult
Private
Timber Chutes
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Timber Chutes

Crested Butte
74 m
32 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
Timber Chutes are the tight trees on the skier's left of Paradise Cliffs.
Difficult
Private
Slot Rocks
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Slot Rocks

Crested Butte
57 m
32 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
A rocky cliff section near the bottom of the Staircase area.
Extreme
Private
Crystal Trees
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Crystal Trees

Crested Butte
201 m
27 °
NW
0 m
0.5 km
Well pitched tree section in between Crystal and International.
Moderate
Private
No Fat Chicks Traverse
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No Fat Chicks Traverse

Crested Butte
34 m
27 °
W
3 m
0.4 km
A traverse from the West Side runs back to Aspen Park Road that saves you heading down Hockey Rink to Banana Exit.
Moderate
Private
Slot
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Slot

Crested Butte
169 m
47 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A steep tree run containing cliffs and rocks near the Staircase section of the North Face.
Extreme
Private
East LA/Pasta Bowl
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East LA/Pasta Bowl

Crested Butte
106 m
29 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
A wide bowl that begins with large cliffs in the hike to terrain skier's right of Spellbound Bowl.
Severe
Private
Dead End Chutes
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Dead End Chutes

Crested Butte
122 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Steep chutes that end in large cliffs at the bottom of the North Face.
Extreme
Private
Headwall East
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Headwall East

Crested Butte
72 m
30 °
W
2 m
0.3 km
Headwall East
Difficult
Private
Hidden Chutes
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Hidden Chutes

Crested Butte
151 m
42 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
Hidden Chutes are steep tree chutes off of Sunset Ridge in Funnel.
Severe
Private
Upper Old Lift Line
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Upper Old Lift Line

Crested Butte
153 m
28 °
NW
0 m
0.4 km
A bump run originally cut for the Old Silver Queen Gondola.
Moderate
Private
Total Recall
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Total Recall

Crested Butte
218 m
42 °
NW
0 m
0.3 km
Total Recall can be a hidden West Side pow stash through steep trees with some small cliffs at the bottom.
Severe
Private
Disgusting Trees
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Disgusting Trees

Crested Butte
147 m
40 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A thick tree run through the steep trees that separate Slot Rocks and Sock it to Me Ridge.
Severe
Private
Predator
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Predator

Crested Butte
167 m
39 °
W
0 m
0.3 km
Predator offers steep trees and fun skiing after a storm off of Sunset Ridge.
Severe
Private
Body Bag
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Body Bag

Crested Butte
125 m
47 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
A steep, gnarly run that ends in a mandatory 15 foot cliff band.
Extreme
Private
Pygmy Spear Garden
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Pygmy Spear Garden

Crested Butte
68 m
34 °
W
0 m
0.2 km
The bottom of Funnel ends in the Pygmy Spear Garden, a lower angle powder field with bumps, small trees, and bushes.
Moderate
Private
Cess Pool
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Cess Pool

Crested Butte
120 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A steep rocky run with a closeout choke on the far skier's left of Sock it to Me Ridge.
Severe
Private
Psycho Rocks
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Psycho Rocks

Crested Butte
93 m
28 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
A steep cliff section on the lower side of the mountain.
Difficult
Private
Lower Old Lift Line
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Lower Old Lift Line

Crested Butte
108 m
23 °
W
0 m
0.5 km
Cut bump run off the left side of International bordering Championship.
Moderate
Private
Silvanite Left
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Silvanite Left

Crested Butte
67 m
22 °
W
0 m
0.2 km
An open field of turns beyond the trees on Silvanite's left hand boundary.
Moderate
Private
Pungee/V-Tree Chutes
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Pungee/V-Tree Chutes

Crested Butte
111 m
43 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Pungee/V-Tree Chutes hide between The Glades and Tower 11 Chutes.
Severe
Private
House Rock / Weather Station
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House Rock / Weather Station

Crested Butte
138 m
33 °
W
3 m
0.4 km
House Rock and Weather Station are powder stashes off of the Silver Queen that put you into Upper Forest.
Difficult
Private
Elevator Shaft / Right West Wall
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Elevator Shaft / Right West Wall

Crested Butte
64 m
39 °
NE
0 m
0.1 km
The skier's right side of the West Wall of Paradise Bowl, which includes the Elevator Shaft.
Severe
Private
Sunset Ridge
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Sunset Ridge

Crested Butte
145 m
42 °
W
0 m
0.2 km
Sunset Ridge is a classic spring line in Crested Butte on the western boundary of the resort.
Difficult
Private
Nub's Knob
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Nub's Knob

Crested Butte
92 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
Nub's Knob has some awesome aspen tree skiing in steeper terrain in the Bakery Trees.
Difficult
Private
Dead Bob's Chute
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Dead Bob's Chute

Crested Butte
182 m
42 °
NE
3 m
0.3 km
A long shaded chute in the in the Staircase section of the North Face.
Severe
Private
Honey Pie
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Honey Pie

Crested Butte
87 m
25 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
Honey Pie is the opening section of The Glades with rolling powder pitches, trees, and pillow options.
Moderate
Private
Figure 11 Chutes
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Figure 11 Chutes

Crested Butte
146 m
48 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Figure 11 Chutes are some steep, rocky tree chutes to the skier's right of Big Chute and skier's left of Sunny Glade.
Severe
Private
Phaser Trees
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Phaser Trees

Crested Butte
114 m
36 °
N
0 m
0.2 km
A steep thicker tree section on the far skiers left of the Sock it to Me Ridge.
Severe
Private
Chiquita
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Chiquita

Crested Butte
162 m
35 °
NW
0 m
0.3 km
Chiquita holds soft snow hours after the powder frenzy on the skier's left side of Banana.
Difficult
Private
Picture Perfect Glades
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Picture Perfect Glades

Crested Butte
68 m
29 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
Steep but playful gladed terrain above the Staircase section of North Face.
Difficult
Private
Slipper
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Slipper

Crested Butte
40 m
37 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
Slipper's technical rocks and pillows offer a steeper finish to Hawk's Nest and Old Pro onto "Easy Out" Exit to Paradise.
Difficult
Private
Rosy Lane / Easy Rider
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Rosy Lane / Easy Rider

Crested Butte
110 m
27 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Back to back knolls off the skier's right of Hawk's Nest used to access the Sock it to Me Ridge.
Moderate
Private
Tunnel / Walkout
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Tunnel / Walkout

Crested Butte
33 m
28 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
Tunnel and Walk Out have great fall line skiing under Old Pro and Treeline onto the "Easy Out" Exit to Paradise.
Moderate
Private
Beaver Slides
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Beaver Slides

Crested Butte
34 m
30 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
The Beaver Slides are the sweet powder trees between Silver Queen Road and Ruby Road above Keystone Ridge.
Difficult
Private
Quick's / No See Um
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Quick's / No See Um

Crested Butte
102 m
33 °
N
0 m
0.3 km
Quick's and No See Um are hidden tree runs in The Glades that access Stevie's, Paradise Lift Glade, and Powder Rock Glade through quick pitches and trees.
Difficult
Private
Down and Out
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Down and Out

Crested Butte
54 m
26 °
E
0 m
0.1 km
Down and Out is the bottom of Teo 2 as the terrain benches out and you head back up the Teocalli Exit to Paradise.
Moderate
Private
Marley's Glade
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Marley's Glade

Crested Butte
148 m
34 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
Marley's Glade
Difficult
Private
Ghost Rider
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Ghost Rider

Crested Butte
95 m
33 °
NE
0 m
0.3 km
Ghost Rider
Difficult
Private
Moosehead
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Moosehead

Crested Butte
86 m
45 °
N
1 m
0.1 km
Very steep, rocky bowl with tricky chutes and large airs.
Extreme
Private
Angle Gully
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Angle Gully

Crested Butte
75 m
44 °
N
0 m
0.1 km
A billy goat line through the middle of the main rock section of headwall.
Severe
Private
Gerry's
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Gerry's

Crested Butte
83 m
33 °
NW
0 m
0.2 km
Gerry's is the group of steep trees in the skier's left area of Tower 11 Chutes.
Difficult
Private