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Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

February 4, 2023

Alley Loop skiers in costume on course in Crested Butte

2022 Alley Loop logo and colors
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February 4th, 2023

The Alley Loop is not your typical Nordic Marathon… It stands both as a premier American Birkebeiner Qualifying event, in addition to being Crested Butte’s most outrageous costume party of the year!  The course winds its way through snow-laden streets, alleyways and narrow bridges through the heart of downtown Crested Butte.  You’ll find yourself cheered by town revelers as you navigate a crazy gliding costume assemblage…  Racers are sometimes forced into making daring passes and depending on their luck, may even get waylaid on a bridge for a moment.  Once you make it through town, you are rewarded by pristine tracks and exhilarating vistas throughout the Crested Butte Nordic trail network.

If you like normal, you may want to look for another race.  If you are up for anything… this is right up your alley!

*** Fluoro Ban in Effect ***

The Alley Loop has adopted a fluornated wax ban for all events.

2023 Registration will open here on September 1st.

FRIDAY – 2/4/22
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Wax Service drop off – Crested Butte Nordic Center
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Elk Avenue Ski Scramble200 Block Elk Avenue
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Walk-up Registration & Bib Pick-Up  –  Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Illuminated Disco Street Party200 Block Elk Avenue

SATURDAY – 2/5/22
7:00 a.m.9:30 a.m. – Wax Service Ski Pick-up – Crested Butte Nordic Center
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Late Registration & Bib Pick-Up  –  Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Race Starts (42k’s/ 21k’s / 10k ) – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

10:30 – Noon – Late Bib Pick-Up – Crested Butte Nordic Center

12:10 p.m. –  5k Race Start – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street
12:15 p.m. –  1k & 3k Youth Race Start – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

1:00 p.m. – 42k Flower Ceremony & 1k/3k Podium Awards –
Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street

3:00 p.m – Awards Banquet & Raffle – BONEZ , 103 Elk Ave
Virtual Presentation will also be made available on CB Nordic Facebook Live.

SUNDAY – 2/7/21
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – USCSA Collegiate Race Starts (5k Classic Interval) – Ruthie’s Run

Start Times
9:00 a.m. – 42K CLASSIC  (3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m)
9:05 a.m. – 21K CLASSIC
9:20 a.m. – 42K SKATE  (3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:20 p.m)
9:25 a.m. – 21K COLLEGIATE
9:26 a.m. – 21K SKATE
9:35 a.m. – 10K 
12:10 p.m. – 5K (Finish Cut-OFF 2:10 p.m.)
12:15 p.m. – 3K & 1K

Crested Butte Nordic is excited to unveil a new team competition integrated into the 2022 Alley Loop!
The Nordic Club Clash (rules detailed below) is designed to promote inter-club camaraderie, forming six person teams across ski disciplines and athlete generations.
Beyond uniting diverse athlete squads towards a collective goal, this fun spirited competition will be made all the more more thrilling with a $11,100 Cash Purse up for grabs!


1st Place Team – $3,600
2nd Place Team – $3,000
3rd Place Team – $2,400
4th Place Team – $1,500
5th Place Team – $600


Competition Rules:

  • Teams will be scored across  the following six events –
    42K Skate, 42K Classic, 21K Skate, 21K Classic, 10K Freestyle & 5K Freestyle
  • Teams are scored ‘cross country running’ style, with points awarded on the basis of finishing place (overall category results).
    Cumulative finish places across the six events will be tabulated to determine a team point score.
  • The team with the lowest point score will be the overall winner.
  • Teams must be precisely composed of 6 individual athletes, no more, no less.
  • This is a mixed gender competition.
    ** Every team must include a minimum of 2 female athletes.
    * No age regulations is imposed on composition of teams.
  • Each event must be raced by a different athlete. 
    No duplicate competitors will be allowed to race for their team in the 5K event.  ( Due to a modified afternoon start time for the 5K (12:10 p.m. Start), it will be feasible to race one of the longer distance events – 42k, 21k or 10k, and also in the afternoon 5K )
  • A team does not need a formal Ski Club affiliation to compete.
    As long as athletes register online citing the same team name, they will be registered into the team competition.
  • Clubs are permitted to form multiple teams out of their membership.
    During registration, athletes belonging to the same club should identify their specific sub-team name.
  • Failure of an athlete to place in their event (DNF), will result in the team being disqualified.
  • Tie Break Rule – in the event of a tie score among one or more teams, the winning team will be determined by the fastest 5K finish time.
  • Deadline to finalize team registrants – Friday 2/4/22, 7:00 PM
  • A single prize purse payout check will be written to one team/club representative.  (multiple check disbursements will not feasible)

Awards Banquet & Raffle
3:00 PM at BONEZ

– Male & Female –
1st – $1,000
2nd – $750
3rd – $500
4th – $250
5th – $100

– Top 3 Male & Female –
Combination Fisher & Odlo Prize Packages


*All 42k’s finishing under 3 hours receive a
Sub 3-Hour Marathon Achievement Bell


21k,10k & 5k Podium
– Top 3 Male & Female –
Combination Fisher & Odlo Prize Packages


1k & 3k Youth
Every participant awarded a Finisher Medal
Top 3 Male & Female – Podium Medal

Age Class Awards

42k, 21k, 10k & 5k
Winners receive a Commemorative Pint Glass

Age Categories
8 – 15
16 – 19
20 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 – 79
1k  & 3k Youth:
Winners receive a commemorative Wax Scraper
Age Categories
1 – 7
8 – 11
12 – 14

Costume Awards
An official panel of judges will document costumes displayed on course.
Curated prize packages from local businesses will be presented to outstanding group and individual costumes.


Wax Service

Limited quantity of Wax Service Reservations are offered by Boulder Nordic Sport.
Reservations can be made through Online Race Registration,
or by calling the CB Nordic Front Desk at 970-349-1707

Non-Fluoro Race Wax – $50
Application of base layer glide wax + liquid race glide wax (non-fluoro).


– Drop Off & Pick Up Process –

Skis should be dropped off at CB Nordic Center Front Desk,
Alley Loop week – 8 AM to 6 PM.
Deadline to drop skis for service is Friday (2/5) at Noon.

Finished skis will be available for pick-up:
Saturday (2/6), 6:00 AM, inside the CB Nordic “Cat Barn”

Wax Recommendations

Fluoro-free wax recommendations for the 2021 Alley Loop will be listed here.

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Those wishing to reserve equipment for the Alley Loop may do so through Gearo.

Anyone who has reserved equipment through Gearo for the Alley Loop may pick up their equipment the evening before their race from 4:30 – 6 pm.
If you’d like to take advantage of this, please indicate your desire in the notes of their Gearo reservation. Day-of event pick up is also allowed.

Equipment must be returned the day of your race by 5:00 p.m.

The following Streets and alleyways will be in effect from –

THURSDAY Night(12:01 AM, Friday, February 4th) until  
SATURDAY,  February 5th at 6:00 PM

Full closure: No driving, no parking

  • Elk Avenue : From the West End (Old Kebler)  to  1st  Street
  • Elk / Maroon ALLEY – between 1st Street  and  2nd Street
  • Teocalli / Butte ALLEY  between 2nd Street  and  3rd Street
  • Sopris / Whiterock ALLEY –  between 1st Street and 3rd Street

No Parking, alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:

  • 3rd Street:  EAST side of Street from Totem Pole Park  to  Teocalli Ave
  • 3rd Street:  WEST side of Street from Teocalli Ave to  Butte Ave


FRIDAY Night (12:01 AM, Saturday,  February 5th) until SATURDAY,  February 5th at 6:00 PM

Full Closure: No Parking, no driving:

  • 1st  Street: Either side of street from Whiterock Ave  to  Maroon Ave
  • 3rd Street: WEST side of Street from  Whiterock / Sopris ALLEY  to  Elk Ave

No Parking, alternate routes encouraged on Saturday:

  • 2nd Street: EAST side right-of-way –
    from Gothic / Teocalli ALLEY  to Teocalli / Butte ALLEY
  • Gothic / Teocalli ALLEY between 2nd Street  and  3rd Street 

Crested Butte Nordic apologizes for these inconveniences, while also expressing our appreciation to the community for accommodating this most unique nordic ski spectacle!

We depend on close to 100 volunteers to pull together this very
atypical nordic ski race!

To ensure Alley Loop success, we’re seeking an army of Course Marshals, Bib Distributors, Start & Finish Line Assistants & Soup Tent Servers.

Every volunteer will receive our 2022 commemorative Alley Loop beanie pictured below.

 Browse volunteer duty times & locations via the button below.

Alley Loop skiers climbing a hill on course near Crested Butte
Alley Loop skier in a rad wig enjoying the festivities in Crested Butte
Young competitors take off from the start of the Alley Loop in Crested Butte

*** Elk Avenue Ski Scramble & Illuminated Disco ***

As a prelude to the 37th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon, Crested Butte Nordic will bring further action and entertainment to Elk Avenue –
Friday, February 4th, 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Festivities include an open nordic ski scramble race, followed by an illuminated street party on Elk with live DJ.

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2/4/22 – 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location – 3rd & Elk Ave.
Participation is FREE.  Walk-up open enrollment onsite, no pre-registration necessary.

The Ski Scramble will be a four-circuit time trial on nordic skis.  The sprint course will start on Elk Avenue at 3rd Street.

Circuit 1 & 2 –  Sprint up Elk Ave to 2nd Street, pit-stop at a costume chest, where competitors scramble to don 3 costume items, prior to sprinting back to 3rd Street.
Circuit 3 & 4 –  At 3rd Street, competitors will pit-stop and be attached to an “awkward load” which they’ll tow half a block back up Elk.  Once the load is released, they proceed to 2nd street, disrobe costume attire, do a final about-face and sprint back to the finish line at 3rd. street.

An optional galande jump will be present in proximity to 3rd Street, where competitors may choose to launch air to be awarded time subtractions, correlated to jumping distances.

*Participants may make multiple runs on the course in an attempt to better their time result.

1st Place Master – Male/ Female &  1st Place Junior – Male/Female (lowest Time score) –  will each be awarded a cornucopia prize package.

2/4/22 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location – 3rd & Elk Ave.
Participation is FREE & open to the Public

The Illuminated disco on-snow street party is open to the general public free of charge.
Come on skis or foot, with your most illuminating glow-in-the dark attire.

Live performance by DJ RED ( Wendy Fischer).



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