The potential for lift access on the back side of Crested Butte Mountain Resort has come into clearer focus with U.S. Forest Service’s OK for a review of plans for Teocalli Bowl 2.
The first expansion at the Colorado resort in a decade, the addition of 500 acres on the south-facing slopes is expected to allow more non-expert skiers and riders to get into a backcountry setting of bowls and glades.
“The Teo Drainage proposal has been designed to develop new terrain that is adjacent to our existing infrastructure; improving and enhancing access for intermediate and advanced skiers into distinctive terrain that is unlike anything we currently offer,”
Crested Butte’s John Sale told SnoCountry.com. “Experts have long had the ability to drop into Teocalli Bowl and feel the sensation of an almost ‘backcountry’ experience, now intermediate skiers and riders will be able to experience this remote area through a network of narrower trails and low angle glades in the Teo Drainage valley, all chairlift accessible.”
For the time being, powderhounds will continue to be able to drop into the Teocalli Bowl area after riding the High Lift and traversing past the original Teocalli Bowl. They will choose among gullies, trees or an open face to the bottom of the bowl, whereupon they must hike out for 25-30 minutes along contours to Paradise Bowl.
“This year and next, guests can expect Teo II terrain to be open as snowpack allows with a hike out at the end, much like this season,” Sale told us.
This summer, crews will be at work improving a way out of the bowl area by establishing a more permanent trail, according to the resort.
After a two-year environmental review, the resort hopes to construct two chairlifts on the backside, install some snowmaking, and both loosen up glades and build trails – both for winter skiing and snowboarding and for summer mountain biking.
Also this summer will find more snowmaking installed on the front side of the mountain in the East River, West Wall and North Face areas.
Photos: Top and bottom -- Crested Butte Resort gets OK for possible lift expansion on its back side (CBMR)