Northwest of Crested Butte, Slate River Road is closed in the winter after two miles and provides excellent backcountry cross country ski access. The unplowed stretch of road leads up the Slate River Valley and is occasionally groomed (or skier packed or snowmobile packed). The views up this valley are breathtaking! Also, this cross country skiing route provides access to a strenuous trek up Oh-Be-Joyful leading into the Raggeds Wilderness.
Overall, Slate River / Oh-Be-Joyful is the 13th most popular cross country ski area of all 51 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Slate River / Oh-Be-Joyful including Crested Butte Nordic Center, Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, Brush Creek, Cement Creek, Kebler Pass System and Lily Lake Nordic Trail System.
Local Contacts: Crested Butte Nordic Center (970) 349-1707; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; CB Mountain Guides (970) 349-5430; Crested Butte Avalanche Center (970) 349-4022.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Hardcore
Base Camp: Crested Butte Hostel (888) 389-0588; Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517
Luxury Loding: Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533
Breakfast Restaurant: Izzys Cafe; First Ascent Coffee Roasters
Reference Source: click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug
Date Published: 12/25/2015
Date Updated: 4/6/2018
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