CB Nordic Team

Mission


Crested Butte Nordic, founded in 1987, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn, enjoy, and improve in the sports of nordic skiing and snowshoeing. We maintain over 50 kilometers of meticulously groomed trails around the Town of Crested Butte and offer complete ski and snowshoe rental packages as well as private lessons, clinics, tours, and fine yurt dining. Our Nordic Center and trail-heads are within walking distance from all of Crested Butte’s restaurants and lodgings.

Coaching & Support

MOLLY SUSLA

Molly grew up in Freeport, ME where she started skiing at a young age. She Nordic Ski raced through middle school, high school and college. After college she moved out to Crested Butte, CO where she became the Assistant Coach for the Crested Butte Nordic Team for three years. This will be her first year as Program Director and Head Coach and she excited to work with a new team of coaches and all the kids involved.

BRITTANY PERKINS

Brittany was raised in Breckenridge, CO, and began Nordic skiing at an early age. She raced through middle school, high school, and college at Western State Colorado University.  After college she made the big move from Gunnison to Crested Butte, where she has lived since 2010.  This will be Brittany’s third year working with the Crested Butte Nordic Team.

KEVIN KOVAL

Kevin moved to Crested Butte four winters ago and quickly developed a passion for Nordic skiing. He is putting his decades of competitive bicycle racing and coaching to good use as an Assistant Coach for CBNT and is a PSIA Certified Cross Country Ski Instructor. Kevin is excited to work with the rest of the coaching staff helping kids in the Valley build fitness and have fun on skis.


Program Info And Pricing


Program Tuiton Program Days Program Dates
1-Day a Weekers (5-10) $250 Tues or Thurs Th, Dec 1 - Th, Mar 9
2-Days a Weekers (5-10) $375 Tues, Thurs Th, Dec 1 - Th, Mar 9
Explorers (10 - 18) $495 W, Th, Fri Wed, Nov 30 - Fri, Mar 10
Development Team (10-
18)
$595 Tu, W, Th, Fri Tues, Nov 1 - Fri, Mar 17
Travel Team (11-18) $895 Tu, W, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun Tues, Nov 1 - Fri, Mar 17

Gunnison Nordic Team

The Gunnison Nordic Team is a small but mighty junior racing program, encouraging kids ages 8-18 to be the best they can be – on and off their skis!!
Coached by former Olympic coach, Kendall Butts, and his wife Ingrid, 3x Olympian, GNT offers decades of coaching expertise, experience and wisdom.
GNT offers 3 levels of participation depending on age, attitude and ability. The Development team meets 2x/week, the Competition team meets 3x/week and our new Comp-Plus team meets 4x/week. Both the classic and skate/freestyle ski techniques are coached as well as  training, racing and recovery strategies and tactics. We encourage Gunnison’s youth to explore the adventuresome world of cross country skiing, while gaining strength, fitness, character, determination and focus.

Last season, GNT qualified both of their U16 skiers (Bria Rickert & Garrett Butts) for the Jr. National Championships. The ’16-17 season looks to be another fun filled winter of Nordic ski racing with both the fun-local ski race series and our out of town RMN qualifiers taking us to Frisco, Aspen, Steamboat and Durango!! Sr Nationals in early January ( World Jr. Trials) is also a possible prospect, as both Bria and Garrett are looking to World Jr. Champs as a goal as well as bettering their results at Jr. Nationals in March – Lake Placid, NY. Much fun and hard work is in store for the Gunnison Nordic Team, as they strive for excellence in all they do!

CB Mountain Sports Team

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is pleased to offer its eighth season of comprehensive mountain sports programs that are available to a wide variety of athletes, from kids learning to ski and ride to driven student athletes. Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team (CBMST) offers various levels of participation beginning with weekend development programs to full-time, competitive based programming.

CBMST Development Programs focus on bringing kids exhibiting strong fundamentals by taking their personal skills to a higher level in alpine racing, snowboarding, freeride, and telemark skiing. Development Programs will introduce athletes to tactical and technical approaches while taking advantage of all the terrain the mountain has to offer. 

The primary goal for our athletes is to set them up for success. With this in mind, we have created a developmental pipeline for our participants. This approach aids in creating an environment that allows coaches to focus on athletes’ developmental and skill level in a similar age range. They move through a system that teaches fundamental skills in technical skiing and progresses them towards tactical skills within their specific discipline. 

The following is an outline of the development pipeline for athletes and the disciplines offered for each team:

Junior Development Team “Jr. Devo’s”

The Junior Development Team is designed to introduce kids to the Mountain Sports Team. Many participants graduate to this program through the…

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Development Team “Devo’s”

The Development Team is designed to continue to allow our athletes to grow in their specific discipline, with the commitment to local and regional

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Competitive Team Program

The Competitive Team Program is designed to support athletes in their specific discipline throughout the winter, with individual coaching for athletes

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Crested Butte Community School

The Crested Butte Community School runs their five-week program. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade can all participate. Each student participates in a two-hour lesson, once a week, for the entire five week program.  Students in kindergarten through third grade can choose between skiing or snowboarding lessons. If students are in fourth or fifth grade, they have the extra option to Telemark ski.  Scholarships are available to interested students and are made possible by several organizations, including the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation.

Gunnison Elementary School

Gunnison Elementary School is once again sponsoring the Alpine Ski Program offered by Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). Fourth grade students are invited to participate in the CBMR ski/snowboard program. Participation in the ski program is not mandatory;  however, it is an important part of our curriculum and benefits students in many ways.  We strongly encourage all students to participate.

4th grade ski dates: 4th graders ski on four Wednesdays in a row:

  • January 18
  • January 25
  • February 1
  • February 8

Departure: The ski bus leaves the school each morning at 8:30 a.m.

Return: All students will arrive at GES around 5:30 pm each ski day – weather and/or bus arrival at Mt. Crested Butte permitting.

Money: Crested Butte SnowSports Foundation has generously donated $20 of the overall cost of the program again this year for all 4th and 5th grade students dropping the cost of the program for students to $125.

*The cost of the program covers all day lessons and transportation. Ski/snowboard rental equipment and lift tickets are provided at no cost by CBMR.

1. Due by Friday, Oct. 21st

  • Packet completely filled out and signed by both the student and parent.
  • Most of the pages in the packet are double-sided. Please be sure to read each page, completely fill out all sections, and sign/initial/date all docments.

2. Due by Friday, Dec. 2nd

  • Your check for $125 – Make checks payable to “GCS Ski Program”.
  • Please include your child’s first and last name in the memo area on your check.
  • Applications for financial assistance may be obtained from Mrs. Merrifield.

For questions, please contact 4th/5th grade ski coordinator Sandy Merrifield at (970) 641-7710 ext. 5127, or at email address: smerrifield@gunnisonschools.net.

Western Mountain Sports

Western State Colorado University competes in alpine, freeride, park and pipe, nordic, and endurance ski. Western’s Mountain Sports skiers and boarders compete on the most competitive circuits, as well as in local and regional competitions, where up-and-coming athletes can cut their teeth and hone their skills. Western’s Snowsports Team defines modern competitive skiing – no other collegiate program offers its diversity of disciplines. In addition, Western Mountain Sports successfully (perennially on the podium at National Championships) competes in gravity and endurance mountain biking, as well as the emerging discipline of trail running. #GoWestern