40 acres of extreme terrain will open this season with ample snow
MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Nov. 5 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort announces that they will open 40 new acres of expert terrain this winter season, called Teo 2, once the area has ample snowpack. Located skiers’ right beyond Teocalli Bowl at the top of the High Lift, Teo 2 stands above future expansion possibilities at the resort on the back side of the mountain.
Teo 2 delivers a variety of terrain for advanced skiers and riders. Upon entering the area, riders will choose from either legendary “Crested Butte style” steeps or a wide open powder bowl. There are pillow drops and steep tree lines; all finishing with a mellower open field that weaves through short trees. Mountain crews cleared trees over the summer, with guidance from the U.S. Forest Service, to create an egress road that was needed to open this terrain. To get back to the main part of the resort, there is a 20 – 30 minute hike back to Schofield Road that drops back into Paradise Bowl.
Enthusiastic skiers and riders must wait until Mother Nature comes through with abundant snow in the area to check out this new terrain. At that point with the first rope dropping, the fury of exploration can begin.
As John Sale, CBMR’s director of planning explains “Teo 2 has been in our existing permit boundary for years, but we needed to provide emergency access and egress to open the terrain to the public, which was cut this summer. Once out there, the vistas from the top of Teo 2 open up a whole other part of the mountain on the back side with amazing views of Teocalli Mountain and the East River below. This will give guests a preview of the future expansion potential as outlined in CBMR’s 2013 Master Development Plan.”
An area that is hoped to be expanded into in future years once the proper permitting takes place, Teocalli Drainage would include two additional lifts and intermediate terrain, creating an entirely new skiable lift pod for most skiing and riding abilities, with pristine views of wilderness areas and U.S. National Forest.
“Coming off a season of great snowfall, this is something we have wanted to do for some time,” explains vice president and general manager Michael Kraatz. “We want our guests to see the possibilities of skiing on the back side of the mountain. While this may only be expert terrain now, we are very much focused on providing a family experience back there when the Teocalli Drainage is fully expanded into. For now, it is something to get excited about here in Crested Butte; checking out new terrain, on a new aspect of our mountain, in deep powder all while looking out to exceptional views.”
Announcements will be made about exactly when Teo 2 is going to open later this winter as the snow accumulates and the snow safety team gets back to the new area to control it.