Slate River / Oh-Be-Joyful Cross Country Skiing
The 11th most popular XC Ski in Colorado.
Friday 6 April 2018 03:26 GMT
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 11th most popular cross country ski area of all 58 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.