Ski Mountaineering Racing Crested Butte Named the Coolest

Two skiers race uphill on a sunny day.

Ski Mountaineering Racing Crested Butte Named the Coolest

Crested Butte was recently name the coolest place for Ski Mountaineering Racing, Skimo as it is known, by Backcountry Magazine. “About 20 years ago Crested Butte got really into light-and-fast skimo culture,” says Marshall Thomson, a bartender-turned-pro-skimo racer. “It wasn’t that known anywhere else.” Since then uphill ski racing has taken off and due to a numerous amount of extreme athletes, races and endurance marathons Crested Butte has become the epic-center for ski mountaineering racing. Largely due to the Grand Traverse, an intense 40 mile race from Crested Butte to Aspen staring at midnight. Hosting more than 200 two-person teams now the Grand Traverse has become the premier ski mountaineering race in Colorado. Click here for the full article.