Crested Butte Junior Nordic Team

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Program Registration is FULL!

Registration for the 2019/2020 winter season is full!

Please email to be put on our wait list.

Mission & Vision

We teach kids to love skiing and the winter outdoors. Our motivated coaches create a safe environment to cultivate teamwork and to inspire athletes to be the best people and skiers they can be.

We offer on snow after school programs for athletes ages five to 18. From competitive nordic racing to biathlon, from fort building to skimo the Crested Butte Nordic Team has a program for everyone.

Program Schedule

Program Pricing



Ages 5-7
Mondays, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
January 6 – March 9

The Striders program is for our youngest athletes who may have no experience on nordic skis. Using game-based group instruction with a focus on fun these young athletes will develop basic skills so that they become comfortable and confident on Nordic Skis. These athletes will have the opportunity to race locally in a fun and casual environment and they will have a chance to ski with the older athletes for inspiration and motivation!



Ages 6-8
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
January 6 – March 11

The Gliders program is for young athletes with some Nordic experience. Using game-based group instruction these athletes will begin learning the very basics of Nordic technique and athletic body position while having tons of fun on (and in) the snow. These energetic athletes will have the opportunity to race locally in a fun and casual environment. They will also have a chance to ski with the older athletes for inspiration and motivation!



Ages 10-18
Tues and Thurs, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
December 3 – March 12

The Explorers Program is for athletes interested in an encompassing winter sports program where uphill skiing, winter fort building, backcountry touring, avalanche awareness and other winter survival skills are all explored. Nordic Skiing is a part of the program with much less emphasis on technique and “training” and more on exploring different aerobic winter activities. This athlete should be comfortable on all types of skis.



Ages 8 – 18
Tues, Thurs, Friday, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
December 10 – March 13

The Challengers Program is for athletes who have had some experience on skis and are looking to improve their technique and fitness, and who may also want to give racing a try while always having fun. Appropriate challenges, games and exciting relays will be the vehicles through which these athletes develop skills and improve their physical fitness. If the comp team seems a little too much at this point, this is the right program for you. Athletes will have multiple opportunities to try racing in a fun environment here in the Gunnison Valley.



Middle & High School Students
Wednesdays, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
December 11 – March 11

This is an optional program for anyone already signed up for Challengers or Explorers. These athletes will learn the sport of biathlon racing through shooting technique, stadium etiquette, relays and other drills that simulate real biathlon. This program does include some skiing instruction, it is NOT just shooting. These athletes will have the opportunity to race biathlon as well.



Ages 10 – 18
Tues, Thurs, Fri, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Wed 2:30 PM – 4:00
Saturdays not on race weekends, November 5 – March 13

The Competition team is for self-motivated athletes who are looking to improve their technique, fitness, and race mindset to become better racers and athletes. These students will receive individualized coaching and training plans, and race support and waxing at all races. Video analysis, technique development, mental training, and strength conditioning are part of this program as well as on snow training. Traveling to races is not required and does cost extra but we highly encourage it. Practices will involve interval training, drills and distance skiing but throughout the season we always find room for powder runs and a few games of speedball!


5 – Fischer Fit Night @ the Alpineer

5 – Comp Team Practice Begins

10 – Nordic Team and Masters Community Open House

23 – Dec 1 – West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Camp


1 – Alley Loop Race Series

3 – Explorers Practice Begins

10 – Challengers Practice Begins

11 – Biathlon Practice Begins

14 – Alley Loop Race Series

21 & 22 – CBNT Junior National Qualifier

23 – Jan 5 – No CBNT Practices


4 – Alley Loop Race Series

6 – Striders’ and Gliders’ Practice Begins

12 – Magic Meadows 7/U14 Kids Series Race #1

18 – Alley Loop Race Series

18 & 19 – Steamboat Junior National Qualifier

21 – U14 Kids Series Race #2

25 & 26 – Vail Junior National Qualifier


1 – Alley Loop

5 – U14 Kids Race Series #3

14 & 15 – Soldier Hollow Super Qualifier

17 – 21 – No CBNT Practices


3 – Final U14 Kids Race Series #4

9 – Last Day of Striders Practice

11 – Last Day of Biathlon and Gliders Practice

12 – Last Day of Explorers Practice

13 – Last Day of Comp Team and Challengers Practice

U14 Kids Race Series

A terrific 4 part race series that runs throughout the season beginning with the Magic Meadows 7. Each race has a unique and exciting format and is based around creating a fun race atmosphere where kids can give racing a try. Awards and treats are provided for all racers at the end of each competition. These races are free to all CBNT athletes, see Calendar of Events for more information.

Alley Loop Race Series

A Series of 5 races (free for CBNT athletes) that occur on weekends. These races are a perfect for athletes who enjoy racing and want to do more outside of the U14 Series. These races include adult races and sometimes bring in competitors from outside the valley. For dates, see the Calendar of Events.

Junior National Qualifier

CBNT is hosting a Junior National Qualifier, December 21st and 22nd. This is one of a series of races that allows U16 athletes and older to qualify for Junior Nationals and is the highest level of junior racing in our state. We are always looking for  volunteers to help at this event and we are encouraging any and all CBNT athletes to participate this year. See our Program Guide for more information on how to sign up or volunteer.

Coach with the Crested Butte Nordic Team.

Crested Butte’s best winter job!

The Crested Butte Nordic Team is always looking for enthusiastic, motivated and responsible people to join our team of coaches. We are currently hiring Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches of most of our awesome after school programs. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions or would like to learn more, email

The Gunnison Valley U14 Kids Race Series

1/12/20 – The Magic Meadows 7
1/21/20 – The Mini Al Johnson
2/11/20 – Classic Obstacle Course
2/25/20 – Freestyle Obstacle Course
The u14 Kids Series is a series of four races over the course of the Nordic Season. The first race is the Magic Meadows 7 in early January. The next three races happen during normal practice hours after school during  the week. This year there were over 60 athletes participating in this race series.

CBNT provides skis, boots and poles for all athletes.

Where to Meet:

Nordic Center

620 2nd St

Crested Butte, CO

When to Meet:

15 minutes prior to the start

time of your program

What to Bring:

Snowpants, winter jacket, hat, gloves, warm socks, sunglasses, water & snacks

Contact Info:

(970) 349-1707

Thank You to

for supporting the Junior Nordic Team!