January 31, 2013

27th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

Crested Butte Alley Loop

Part of the American Ski Marathon Series and an American Birkebeiner qualifying race, the Alley Loop is also Crested Butte’s largest costume party and biggest Nordic event of the year. Set for February 2nd, The Alley Loop’s unique course starts and finishes in the heart of downtown Crested Butte at Second and Elk. In between it meanders through snow-lined alleys, behind false-fronted stores and restaurants, over footbridges and alongside residences. The adult races, longer than 5k, head out to the expertly groomed Nordic trails on the pristine outskirts of Crested Butte. The 5k has a NEW route which stays in town and no longer tackles that big hill! In addition to the fun races for all ages and abilities, the event also features a Friday night pub-ski crawl, Saturday Taste of the Alley and New Belgium Beer Garden, and an awards ceremony with great prizes and a raffle.

Alley Loop FairiesFriday Night pub-ski crawl is a pub crawl on skis. To take advantage of Elk Ave being shut down and full of snow, participants can ski between the great bars participating. If you do the pub-ski and the Alley Loop the you’ll be entered into a special raffle! List of participating bars to come, route will be on Elk between Second and Third. If you are doing the Alley Loop, registration is $5. If just doing the pub-ski, it’s $10. Day of registration (Friday) is $15 entry.

* ON-LINE registration available December 1 until Thursday, January 31 at 6 pm
* Friday Feb 1st in person registration will be at the CB Visitor’s Center 3-7pm
* There will be NO registration at the Nordic Center.
* There will be NO day-of race event registration.
* Bib pick up will take place Friday Feb 1st at the CB Visitor’s Center 3-7pm and Saturday morning at Montanya’s Rum from 8-10 am

Event 42K 21K 10K 5K Kids’3K Kids 1.5K
Friday, Feb. 1 $70 $60 $40 $30 $15 $15

For ON-LINE registrants, Friday, February 1st from 3-7 pm, at the Crested Butte Visitor’s Center (at 4-way) and Saturday morning from 8-10 am at Montanya Rum Distillery on Elk near Second. There is no registration the day of the race!

9:30 – 3 km Kids Race
9:35 – 1.5 km Kids Race
9:40 – 42 km Classic Race
10:00 – 42 km Skate Race
10:05 – 21 km Freestyle Race
10:10 – 10 km Freestyle Race
10:15 – 5 km Freestyle Race


New this year, “King of the Loop” presented by Grigg’s Orthopedics. The first person to cross the start line on the first lap of the 42k skate will win a cash prize. Winner must complete the entire 42K to win “King of the Loop.”

Each racer who completes the 42k skate in under 3 hours, will receive a commemorative bell.

Kids Awards (1.5k and 3k) will take place at 11:30am

Racers Awards (5k – 42k) will take place at 4pm at Montanya Rum Distillery 130 Elk Ave

Contact: CBNC 970-349-1707 x 4 or email

About the Author

4. Seth Tucker
Seth Tucker has called Crested Butte home for some time learning the skills to explore the West Elk Mountains, whether it be mountain biking single track, hiking peaks or enjoying backcountry powder. Get out there and enjoy your mountain surroundings!