Evolution Bike Park, Why I Ride Here…

When I first made the choice to move to Crested Butte almost 5 years ago, among the many attractions, knowing that Crested Butte Mountain Resort had it’s own lift-served bike park was at the top of my list.  I knew that having such an incredible and ever expanding bike park in my own backyard would prove to be invaluable.  Now after having spent so much time ripping the Evolution Bike Park up and down and all around, I can reflect on my experience…

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Photo:Trent Bona Photography           

Firstly, given the relative distance from Denver and the Front Range, once you’re here in Crested Butte, the locality and proximity of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the Evolution Bike Park offers an unmatched ease of access.  This convenience offers the chance to sneak in a few quick ‘lunch-break-laps’ or to happily spend a whole day casually rippin’ the bike park’s many trails and countless features.  Also, you won’t ever find yourself waiting in a packed lift line nor will you find yourself getting caught up in heavy traffic on the trails like you might find at any other crowded Colorado bike park.  Because of our unique and somewhat out of the way location here, along with the expansive and forever growing trail network of the Evolution Bike Park, you will always have enough room to breathe and to truly ride and push your bike and yourself to the fullest potential.

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Photo: Trent Bona Photography

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to witness and partake in the growth and positive changes to the Evolution Bike Park.  Between their constant efforts in repairing and maintaining the already existing trails and their hard work in building and dreaming up new trails, the trail crew has been busy in recent years and seems to be busier and busier with every summer.  Their efforts in up-keep most definitely do not go unnoticed and you simply cannot beat the excitement of witnessing a new trail being built and then having the opportunity to ride it and learn it’s ins and outs. 

With all the recent construction adding to the growing number of miles of trails, there is no end to the variety of terrain, trail features, and styles of riding to be had in the Evolution Bike Park.  From the smooth and flowy trails like Luge and Awakening, to the fun jump trails like Timeline and Crusader, to the challenging and thrilling trails like Avery, Psycho Rocks, and the bike park’s latest and greatest creation, Captain Jack.  Hands down, my personal favorites are Psycho Rocks and Captain Jack.  This incredible variety of trail choices gives riders a limitless chance for self-improvement, creativity and progression.

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Photo: Trent Bona Photography

Along with these great aspects, there is a massive amount of support coming from the staff and management of the Evolution Bike Park as well as the entire mountain bike community of Crested Butte.  Running into good friends for a couple of chairlift rides and downhill laps is what makes the experience of riding a bike here truly special and rewarding.   Not to mention the views you’ll find here at the Evolution Bike Park.  Now get up, grab your bike, and go ride!!!

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Photo: Trent Bona Photography 

Blogger: Eliot Rosenberg

Evolution Bike Park Mountain Athlete Team

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Building trail at #EvolutionBikePark. #trailbuilding #bikepark #mtb

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Building trail at #EvolutionBikePark. #trailbuilding #bikepark #mtb

“Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.”
-William Shakespeare
Photo: Chris Segal

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

-William Shakespeare

Photo: Chris Segal

18 Years of Pinnacle

Wednesday, July 23rd marks the third of five races in the Poweraid Pinnacle Bike Race Series sponsored by Griggs Orthopedics this summer at CBMR. Last week, we had over 100 racers in this friendly competition - ranging from 10 year old Gravity Groms to 50 plus year professional bikers. Pinnacle is not a dog-eat-dog competition, but a chance for locals and visitors of all ages and abilities to come together and bike, eat, drink, and celebrate the summer in Crested Butte. Pinnacle is special. It has been a longstanding summer tradition since 1996.

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photo: Alex Fenlon

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Early morning shadow-casting from Crested Butte Mountain on the town of Crested Butte while fog rolls out; a reason to get up early and hike.

Early morning shadow-casting from Crested Butte Mountain on the town of Crested Butte while fog rolls out; a reason to get up early and hike.

Why Butte 66 is our New Favorite Summer Restaurant

Get your kicks at Butte 66! That’s right, for the first time ever, Butte 66 RoadHouse Bar and Grille is open for summer. The red umbrellas will wave you in as you finish your hike, welcoming you to come eat, drink and relax. Here is why Butte 66 is our new favorite summer dinning: 

The Amazing Location

Front and center at the base are of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Butte 66 is located on the top floor of the Treasury Building. Inside is a fun and relaxed environment with vintage ski-lodge décor, and outside is the best deck in the Butte with breathtaking mountain views. 

The New Summer Menu

The staff at Butte 66 says their new summer menu is “fresher and lighter, with more options than ever before.” Try the fajita or berry goat cheese salads, a ½ pound burger,or one of the new exceptionally delicious sandwiches. Also featured are a smoked trout, chicken and brisket, and all with a southwest flair.

The Sports Bar

Butte 66 has always been known for its awesome sports bar with 7 beers on tap. This summer you can now enjoy the mountain air and sun while sipping on a strawberry mojito or a smoked jalapeno margarita. If you are feeling adventurous, try the Bird Dog Peach Whiki-G-Bull, a local favorite.

Friday Night Pedal and Groove

Ever wanted free twilight lift rides, live music, bike clinics, and delicious food all in one? Every Friday from 4:30 – 7:00pm is the Friday evenings Pedal and Groove from the Butte 66 deck. Enjoy the BBQ ribs and chicken specials before taking a free lift ride or checking out the adventure park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. July 18th Chuck Grossman will be playing live, so get ready for groovin’! *Note: Butte 66 will be closed Friday, 2/25 for a private function.

Sunday Sunrise Breakfast  

Every Sunday from 8:00am – Noon, Butte 66 is the place to be. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring signature house smoked trout omelets, smoked brisket and eggs with morning cocktails. After filling up at the omelet bar and refreshing with a Bloody Mary, take a trip up the Red Lady or Silver Queen Express Lifts with the included lift ride! Sounds like a good start to a Sunday morning.

Butte 66 RoadHouse Bar and Grille is open daily for lunch and dinner all summer long. Soak in the sunshine on the best deck in the Butte!

For more information check out: http://skicb.com/uploads/Butte66-Menu.pdf

 Blogger: Skylar Kraatz 

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Killer morning shoot today on the new Crusader trail with Eliot Rosenberg at Evolution Bike Park here in Crested Butte. 

Check out the new Crusader trail at the Evolution Bike Park from one of our local photographers Trent Bona! Who wants to be out there riding it?

The 12 Greatest Things about Crested Butte in the Summer

Most of us come to Crested Butte in the winter to ski or snowboard. The winter is incredible and that’s why a majority of us live here, but in the summer there is an endless list of things to do and you can go anywhere to do them. The two million acres of public land surrounding us opens up and becomes the biggest playground to which you’ve ever been. Summer is for exploring by means of whatever recreation you’d like! Here are the top 12 things about Crested Butte in the summer:

 

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4th of July: Why So Memorable In Crested Butte?

“What’s the most memorable thing about Crested Butte on the 4th of July?”

Some say it’s the music, for others it’s the cookouts, or the pancake breakfast at the fire station. For many, the most memorable thing about CB on the 4th is the parade. “It’s when the entire community gets together. “It’s a lot of fun!” says Marissa Lambert, a Crested Butte local. This year, the parade will be reaching record levels of attendance, with over 15,000 people expected to flock to CB to join in on the festivities. To put that in perspective, that is nearly ten times the population of the town of Crested Butte. That’s not surprising though, given that it has been dubbed the ‘Best Parade in America.’

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photo: Alex Fenlon

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The Oldest Mountain Bike Festival In The World

Crested Butte Bike Week. It is the oldest mountain bike festival in the world and it’s this week. From June 26 through the 29, Crested Butte will be host to some of the best, the fastest, and the craziest mountain bikers around. If you have ever witnessed a guy in a banana costume on a chainless bike flying down 7 miles of Kebler Pass onto Elk Avenue, then turn around the next day and race over 40 miles of single track, then you have probably been to CB Bike Week before. It’s a time for biking and celebration, and a time to reflect on the sport that all of us here in Crested Butte love in the summer.

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