Best Kebler Pass System Cross Country Skiing

The 27th most popular XC Ski in Colorado.

  Crested Butte, Colorado, US


  August 7, 2016

North of Gunnison and west of Crested Butte, the Kebler Pass area has 55 miles of groomed routes. Known for consistent deep snow, the roads around the pass are closed in the winter and are groomed for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing by the local snowmobile club.

There are two trailheads. From Crested Butte, the Kebler Trailhead is about 3 miles west of town up Kebler Pass Road (CR12) -- the plowed road ends here. From Gunnison, the Ohio Pass Trailhead is up Ohio Pass Road (CR730).

From either trailhead, its an easy five mile ski up to the Kebler Pass.

Heading north from the Y just east of Kebler Pass leads up to Irwin Lake under the Ruby Range.

East of the Y about a mile is the Splains Gulch trail. The route runs between Mt Axtell and the Anthracites.

Heading west over Kebler Pass leads to Lost Lake. Its about 8 miles from Kebler Pass to the Lost Lake trail. This is a long difficult ski.

This region is known for frequent avalanches. Use caution when heading off main roads.

Overall, Kebler Pass System is the 27th most popular cross country ski area of all 52 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Kebler Pass System including Crested Butte Nordic Center, Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, Slate River / Oh-Be-Joyful, Brush Creek, Cement Creek 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:  Moderate

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

GPS:  38.86373, -107.03367

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/7/2016

ID:  13705

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