Slate River / Oh-Be-Joyful Cross Country Skiing

The 9th most popular XC Ski in Colorado.

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 9th most popular cross country ski area of all 58 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado.

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Local Contact(s):  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.

Recommended Book:  "Winter Trails Colorado" from Andy Lightbody

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 http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/

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Date Updated:  7/12/2016

ID:  12396

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