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    Crested Butte Riding Season

    I have decided to try and get a job in CB this summer and was wondering what the riding season was like, weather wise. It seem like the high country stuff is july through september/october generally. How many days are actually rideable when everything is open? Do afternoon storms close trails frequently?

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    I rode Crested Butte last September and the locals told me it pretty much rains almost every afternoon there so don't let the rain chances keep you from coming. And it rained at 5pm that day as we were driving back to Fruita . The 401 was mostly in great shape - a few good puddles here and there but nothing that would be considered a washout. Heck there was a small stream crossing the road that led back to where we parked once we got to the bottom of the trail so had to hike through the woods to find a spot we could cross.
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    Definitely more interested in how often trails actually close due to weather. I don't mind riding in the rain.

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    trails never close here because of rain. Last years monsoon we had more precip than normal, but it will never keep you from riding. Usually a t-storm or shower doesn't last too long and a lot of times it makes the trails perfectly tacky. During monsoon season we'll usually have clear skies and nice weather until mid/late afternoon, so plenty of great riding is had almost everyday.

    As far as the season, the first trails will open up sometime in May (upper loop, lupine, deer creek ect Think lower altitude/south facing trails). Hartman rocks 30mi down the road will open in April. Usually the last snow will fall sometime in mid/late May, but will usually melt out the same day. High alpine trails (401, 403, Star pass, ect) Are usually good sometime in July.

    June is usually fairly dry
    Monsoons start up in July and last until sometime in Sept.
    Later in Sept is usually dry, snow can start to fall in Oct.

    Between Hartman rocks and trails further up valley in CB the riding season is usually April - November/December. During a bad snow year Hartmans can sometimes be ridden all year round. Hope all of this info helps.

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    That's exactly what I was looking for, thanks! Great having all that info summed up in one post. Now I just have to find a job.

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    It always rains about 1:30 or 2 in the afternoon but usually doesn't last that long. Trails dry out very quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    That's exactly what I was looking for, thanks! Great having all that info summed up in one post. Now I just have to find a job.
    a few places to look for jobs. If you're looking for service industry jobs, just walk into any bar/restaurant and get an app, most of them are always hiring, especially for the summer tourist season.

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    BDKeg nailed it with the riding season. The main concern during the summer storms isn't the rain, but the exposure to lightning on high ridges and above treeline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewpalooza View Post
    BDKeg nailed it with the riding season. The main concern during the summer storms isn't the rain, but the exposure to lightning on high ridges and above treeline.
    +1

    definitely a huge concern during monsoon season. I try to plan rides in the morning and be done by noon or early afternoon on weekend. during the week it's a game of studying the local weather radar and trying to dodge any weather on after work rides. The storms are at least hit and miss, but I get spooked easily with any lightning.

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    I have some experience riding above tree level. Can you safely ride cbmr in most of the rains, is that low enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    I have some experience riding above tree level. Can you safely ride cbmr in most of the rains, is that low enough?
    Most trails on CBMR are throughout CB are low enough that it can be done, but you aren't completely out of the woods in the case of lightning. Rain - no problem. If you see lightning or hear thunder, it's best to play it safe and absolutely avoid anything above tree line. Unless you plan on climbing up CMBR, however, there won't be much choice as they shut the lifts down when lightning is sighted.

    The trails never close due to rain, but you just have to be smart about it - like anything. And, to be honest, the rain is never really something to worry about. I look forward to the daily rains. They refresh the trails and keep things nice and tacky. If there's lightning...wait. It will pass. What's terrifying is June when it doesn't rain...evil, evil moon dust.

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    And as for jobs, good workers often have too much work. You'll work hard, but I've never seen someone willing to work hard struggle to find a job. Most locals have several. Definitely check out CB news. And check out CBMR's website as well. Butte 66 is opening this summer and there are a lot of perks with the job (free ski/downhill pass, discounts, etc).

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    This thread has been really helpful making me feel comfortable about knowing what I'm getting into. I'm a bartender, and have already gotten a lot of positive feedback from the area. Looks like this is happening!

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    So far I've heard back from the last steep, secret stash, ginger house, and elevation's restaurant. Seems like these are all in the top 1/3 of the places in cb. Any one of these worth really gunning for the job over the others?

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    Stash and the steep are probably the top 2, followed by the ginger and then 9380. Steep is probably the busiest place during off-seasons, if you're hoping to stay busy then.

    Rain is generally fine, but it also depends on where. You'll only get caught once on something like flag-bear with sticky clay mud to know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbmtbr View Post
    Stash and the steep are probably the top 2, followed by the ginger and then 9380. Steep is probably the busiest place during off-seasons, if you're hoping to stay busy then.

    Rain is generally fine, but it also depends on where. You'll only get caught once on something like flag-bear with sticky clay mud to know what I mean.
    +1 stash and steep

    9380 would definitely be hit and miss, plus the fact that they could never get their upper management in order, it's still a mess there.

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    As a former bartender at 9380, I agree with BDKeg. You make a lot of money, but there are a lot of management issues. I quit there this winter after two years of drama. If you can handle the drama, the money is awesome, though. I just got a bit too old for it.

    The Stash is awesome. The owner is opening up a new restaurant on June 1 called Bones. Steep is also awesome. Look at Brick Oven too. With that patio, they are hopping in summer. Maxwell's is okay as well. Worked there for a few years. Good money, more drama, but good food and at $40 bucks an entree, the tips are rocking.

    Looks like you are from Ohio? I am Oberlin/Elyria area - born and raised. Message me when you get into town. We shall ride fun sassy trails, either in CB or Gunnison, snow depending

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    I don't live in CB but I live in the high country. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is when it rains, it's friggin' COLD. There are no pleasant, singin' in the rain type showers in the high country and it often comes down in buckets with hail. While everyone is different in what they feel the need to carry, I always have leg & arm warmers, long finger gloves, and a fairly burly rain jacket in my pack. I will almost always try to time my rides to avoid the afternoon rain if possible which if you're fairly flexible isn't that hard to do. As everyone has said, it usually doesn't last that long.

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    There is no management that could possibly be worse than my current job. I thought I read Elevation was under new management, don't know if that made any difference, though. Definitely excited for the local restaurant/bar scene. Looks like there shouldn't be a shortage of interesting places to work.

    Looking forward to getting in some rides with you guys. I got out for the first time today riding around my neighborhood, and lets just say I've got a ways to go to get my legs back for the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    That's exactly what I was looking for, thanks! Great having all that info summed up in one post. Now I just have to find a job.
    You will have a much better time in Crested Butte WITHOUT a job. Just sayin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    You will have a much better time in Crested Butte WITHOUT a job. Just sayin'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Sage advice right there...

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    I agree, F the job! CB would be a blast with a $2-3mil trust fund, barely enough to buy a house, and a townie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker View Post
    I agree, F the job! CB would be a blast with a $2-3mil trust fund, barely enough to buy a house, and a townie.
    I think you might be on to something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    I think you might be on to something.
    Dude, exactly! Excellent idea! Let's all get trust funds and move to CB. Who's with me?!
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    [QUOTE=TomP;11135622]Dude, exactly! Excellent idea! Let's all get trust funds and move to CB. Who's with me?![/

    But, I promised my wife that we would moved anywhere, it would be to Salida. If I can podium, and win a raffle prize, that's where I need to live. No chance of a podium in CB, plus, we are about to close on a home in Steamboat that has garage big enough for all my bikes, the wife's Subaru wagon, and my F-250. No chance I'll ever leave Steamboat now.

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    Where's a good place to look for a roommate there? Got a job offer already. Is there a lot of rentals not posted online? I'm thinking about just renting a 2 bed and then finding a roommate.

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    Do you have any pets? Check out The Crested Butte News

    I also have a friend who might be looking for a roommate. Message me if nothing listed there looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    Where's a good place to look for a roommate there? Got a job offer already. Is there a lot of rentals not posted online? I'm thinking about just renting a 2 bed and then finding a roommate.
    CB news is the most obvious for online listings: The Crested Butte News

    I would also check craigslist. I know there are quite a few rentals that don't get posted online, also people wanting roommates get posted on fliers around town as well. It might be worth calling up a few property managers here in town to see if they know anybody looking for roommates as well.

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    Sounds like I'll be out there late may. Come out and see me, I'll be behind the bar at the ginger cafe. Looking forward to getting in some rides with you guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    Sounds like I'll be out there late may. Come out and see me, I'll be behind the bar at the ginger cafe. Looking forward to getting in some rides with you guys.
    Nice, the Ginger is a good spot. Hartman's opened yesterday. A friend of mine is renting her place, it's a 3 bedroom if you're still looking. No pets.

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    Dude, jump on that place! Rentals are impossible to come by this year...
    Super excited for you! And, message either me or BDKeg when you get into town. We shall ride and it will be awesome. Hartman's rocks my world.

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    I think three bedrooms may be a bit excessive, unfortunately.

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    One more question. Is there a reasonably priced gym in town where I could just lift? No interests in classes or anything like that, which is all I'm finding. Maybe the high school?

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    Not too much in the way of gyms, but if you are dead set...
    Elevation hotel and spa (80$ a month)
    The Gym at Crested Butte (45$ ish)
    Rec Center in Gunnison about 35 minutes down the road (20$ish)
    More yoga than you could do in a day (I think there are about 4 yoga places and one crossfit gym...possibly)

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    One more question. Is there a reasonably priced gym in town where I could just lift? No interests in classes or anything like that, which is all I'm finding. Maybe the high school?
    Try here:
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    That seems like my only real option, that price just kills me. I'll be in town next Friday and am ready to do some riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanpatrickb View Post
    That seems like my only real option, that price just kills me. I'll be in town next Friday and am ready to do some riding.
    not sure if we'll have any dry trails next week in CB, we are suppose to get a foot of snow this weekend, but Hartman rocks is prime right now!

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    Yeah, sounds like CB is a bit of a ways off. I plan on hitting Hartman, Salida, and Canon City while I swing through to do some boating. Maybe a Grand Junction trip after I get some money coming in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Dude, exactly! Excellent idea! Let's all get trust funds and move to CB. Who's with me?!
    HAHAHAHA. youre not the first to have this idea. half the population in the winter is trustafarians shredding the slopes living off family money. lol

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    Anyone think the 401 will be open over the July 4th weekend? We're planning on some car camping somewhere there and that seems to be the main trail you have to hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bncrshr77 View Post
    Anyone think the 401 will be open over the July 4th weekend? We're planning on some car camping somewhere there and that seems to be the main trail you have to hit.
    should be good by 4th of July, but I'm not sure what the status of the road going up there will be by that time. It's still closed to cars well before rustler's gulch so no shuttles if you were planning on doing that.

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    Thanks for the info! Not sure exactly what we're planning yet... Just kind of decided on CB today and have been looking for more secluded car camping spots and great rides! Found this link Crested Butte, CO and it suggested primitive camping off of Gothic road and doing the 401 from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bncrshr77 View Post
    Thanks for the info! Not sure exactly what we're planning yet... Just kind of decided on CB today and have been looking for more secluded car camping spots and great rides! Found this link Crested Butte, CO and it suggested primitive camping off of Gothic road and doing the 401 from there?
    yep, plenty of free camping up gothic road, but it's past where the closure currently is, so hopefully they'll get it open soon. Another option is up washington gulch road, which has dispersed camping as well. July 4th is a pretty busy weekend so if camp spots are sparse also check out slate river road, kebler pass and out brush creek road. All of those areas are free as well.

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    Awesome! Looks like we'll just show up, drive around on the roads you mentioned and see what looks best! Should be a killer time!

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    Headed there this weekend, assume that just the rides closer to town are currently snow free? Any update on RFBD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele View Post
    Headed there this weekend, assume that just the rides closer to town are currently snow free? Any update on RFBD?
    yea everything close to town is good to go.

    Green lake, dyke are still under some snow, same with 403/401. I've heard people riding Doctors and there is some snow up top in the timber, but the downhill is good. Haven't heard anything on RFBD yet, but I imagine the most snow you might run into there is up top on reno road where the usual snow drifts are, I imagine 95% of it is dry.

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    Makes it really tempting to go for a RFBD this weekend.

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    Rontele, did you check out RFBD this weekend? I'm headed out there in two weeks and am hoping everything will be open...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppman View Post
    Rontele, did you check out RFBD this weekend? I'm headed out there in two weeks and am hoping everything will be open...
    had a friend that just rode it a few days ago, said it's good to go, a few of the water crossings are a bit high, but that shouldn't be a problem.

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