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Team Crested Butte and the Growth of Ski Mountaineering

Apr. 25th 2013

SCARPA/Ski Trab-sponsored Team Crested Butte is an elite adventure ski team that trains in Crested Butte, Colorado and competes around the globe in various disciplines such as ski mountaineering (skimo), classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing. Practicing what they preach, “live to ski and play hard,” heed their warning: Don’t put your skis away yet, spring ski mountaineering is some of the best touring of the year.

In the 10 years Team Crested Butte’s been around, we’ve experienced a transformation from an elite adventure racing team to an elite ski mountaineering team. Heck, some of us don’t even tele ski any more.

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Racing in the Rockies: A look at Team CB’s winning season

Apr. 12th 2012

For many in and around Colorado, the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a pinnacle of the season. This year, in what was an unusually warm and low-snow year, two members of SCARPA sponsored Team Crested Butte, Bryan Wickenhauser and Brian Smith, took the top spot in the race (a team is two skiers).

Here’s a little video recap of the high points of the race from the winners, which gives a feel of what it’s like to race through the night from Crested Butte to Aspen, along with some highlights from this year’s racing season.

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The Grand Traverse – Tips on What to Pack for a 40 Mile Ski Race

Mar. 27th 2012

The Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a forty mile backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado. Skiers must be prepared for all weather conditions and types of skiing. Although the race starts at midnight (headlamps required), the ending is a breezy inbounds groomer at Aspen (in the daylight).


Team Crested Butte has been training for races all season, but the Grand Traverse is the big one. In Episode 5, Bryan Wickenhauser gets up high with a view to go over the route. In summary, the route goes something like this: start in the town of Crested Butte on a groomed road to the pump house, followed by a stream crossing at East River, a hillside contour with skins on, Death Pass, several more stream crossings, Friends Hut, Star Pass, Taylor Pass, Barnard Hut, and then approximately three hours to the finish line.

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Team Crested Butte Episode 3: A Teva Mountain Games Podium Party

Feb. 23rd 2012

Randonee racing requires more than just physical stamina and strength. It also requires mental quickness and emotional toughness. Plus, ski mountaineering racers need to be quick on the uphill and downhill, and even quicker on the transitions in between. Team Crested Butte trains hard to be in the best shape possible for races, and all the hard work paid off recently. An all-Team Crested Butte podium was the icing on the cake at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.

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Episode 1: Team Crested Butte Trains for the COSMIC Race Series

Jan. 27th 2012

Episode One of a web series chronicling SCARPA/SKI TRAB Team Crested Butte 2012 season. In this episode Bryan Wickenhauser, Brian Smith, Jon Brown, and Jari Kirkland talk about their training for randonee racing. Team Crested Butte’s training days last anywhere from two to nine hours and include skiing, touring, climbing and practicing transitions. They stress the importance of interval training as well as resting.

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