One of Curbed Ski's favorite ski towns, Crested Butte, just gave us an even bigger incentive to come back this winter. Crested Butte Mountain Resort just announced an expansion of 40 acres of new advanced/expert terrain, called Teo 2. Located skiers' right beyond Teocalli Bowl at the top of the High Lift, Teo 2 is the first step in the resort's plans to expand on the back side of the mountain. And while eventually plans will include terrain for intermediates and beginners, the expert-only terrain debuting this winter has us dreaming of pillow lines and steep trees.
It takes a healthy snowpack to open this area of the resort, but when it does, skiers on Teocalli 2 will find steep trees, a wide open powder bowl, and some cliffs, all draining into a mellower apron that's sure to induce some whooping and hollering on a powder day.
Over the summer, Crested Butte crews cleared trees and built an egress road needed to open the terrain. The only catch? After your epic run, there is a 20-30 minute hike back to the resort via Schofield Road and Paradise Bowl.
According to CBMR officials, Teo 2 has been in the resort's existing permit boundary for years. And the entire Teocalli Drainage area is part of the ski area's master plan to open the backside for skiing. The 2013 Master Development plan outlines two additional lifts in the area, and although proper permitting is necessary, opening Teo 2 is the first step.
We're stoked to get out and ski/ride this new terrain. Will we see you out there, Curbediverse?
· Crested Butte Mountain Resort [Official Site]
· Crested Butte adds 40 acres of expert terrain, dubbed "Teo 2″ [Freeskier]
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