January 11, 2013

2013 Crested Butte Telemark Extremes in the Works


Last year’s dismal snow forced all big mountain competitions to be cancelled at Crested Butte.  A full slate of Junior and Adult big mountain events are scheduled to be hosted at Crested Butte again this year, forcing Crested Butte Mountain Resort to reevaluate having the Telemark Extremes.  With local CBMST Tele coach Mark Robbins gathering interest throughout the region and here in Crested Butte, CBMR has been listening.

** UPDATE** The comp is officially on March 21-23, 2013! Register here!

Photo: Alex Fenlon

Sydney Dickinson on her way to another victory in 2011. Photo: Kjell Ellefson

Sydney Dickinson on her way to another victory in 2011. Photo: Kjell Ellefson

“Crested Butte Mountain Resort is really looking forward to bringing back the Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships this year after a weather hiatus last year.  We had a solid outpouring of support and enthusiasm from skiers from many different resorts looking for this venue to showcase their sport,” said Laci Wright, the Events Manager at CBMR.

Photo: Alex Fenlon

Photo: Alex Fenlon

The official dates are being locked down March 22nd and 23rd.  With two IFSA junior events, one Junior Freeride Tour event, and two Freeride World Qualifier events, it is already going to be a busy freeride scene at Crested Butte this season.  However, the CB Tele Extremes have always been a well-supported event both locally and regionally as Crested Butte has long-served has a national hub for telemark skiing.

With the status of the competition up in the air a month ago, Mark Robbins launched a Facebook group to gauge people’s interest.  The response was overwhelming around the west with representatives from the Front Range, Tahoe, Bozeman, SLC, and Aspen expressing interest in attending.  There are also many junior programs that want to send athletes to Crested Butte.  Robbins estimates over 30 junior athletes from programs like the local CBMST, the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Telluride, and the Tahoe Freeheel will attend.

The work isn’t finished.  Are you interested in competing? Do you know some friends who are?  Check out and share the Robbin’s Facebook group. The word needs to be spread if we want to keep the momentum going.  Mark Robbins says: “A local and regional effort needs to happen if we want to keep the comp going in Crested Butte. This is one of the last telemark comps left and something Crested Butte can really call it’s own.  Let’s make it happen!”

2011 Mountain Hardwear Big Mountain Telemark Series-Crested Butte, CO Day 2 Finals from Telemark Skier on Vimeo.

Now, let’s just make it snow.

About the Author

2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.