Level Up: Find the Right Lesson and Propel Yourself to the Next Level

Practice makes perfect. And practicing is way more fun with other skiers and riders fueling the stoke. One on one with an instructor or in a group of similar ability skiers, Crested Butte lessons will give you the insight it takes to push yourself to the next level.

Choose from never-ever, extremes expert and all stages in between. Here’s how to find the perfect lesson to level up.

Move from Beginner to Intermediate

Transitioning from greens to blues is an exciting rite of passage. Book an intermediate lesson and watch your skills increase as new terrain unfolds. Focus on getting your skis to match or be parallel to one another. If you’re already matching at a specific part of the turn, share that with your instructor. They’ll work with you to get your skis matching, and eventually parallel, throughout the entire turn.

Insider Tip: Don’t dismiss the fundamentals. The skills we use as beginner and intermediate skiers are the same skills the experts use. Experts just take these skills to more challenging terrain and engage them at higher speeds.

Master Intermediate Terrain: Ski With an Olympian

After you conquer the basics, it’s time to build confidence, increase movement accuracy and overcome any lingering fear. Crested Butte offers an exclusive opportunity to ski privately with one of the industry’s biggest icons. Learn from Olympic skier Wendy Fisher. She’ll share her experience with skiing’s mental game and how to overcome fear and make solid choices on the mountain.

Hone in on crucial skiing methods, line decision making, and staying confident and in control. Seeing the mountain from a pro’s point of view and dissecting your line with Wendy will elevate your experience by taking the guesswork out of new terrain. It’s the ideal environment to reach your next performance level.

Black Diamond Skiers: Get First Tracks

Sometimes skiing and snowboarding is all about trying something new and stepping outside your comfort zone. Reignite your passion for the sport with Crested Butte’s First Tracks program. Cruise clean corduroy or score first dibs to untouched overnight pow an hour before the mountain officially opens (8–9 a.m.) with this elite experience. Arrange for a private guide to lead you to the best powder-loaded and groomed advanced terrain, hand-selected by ski patrol and Mother Nature the night before.

Go Extreme: Call on CB Steep Guides

Welcome to the birthplace of extreme inbounds terrain. When it comes to knowing where to go and how to have the most fun, no one does it better than CB Steep Guides. Crested Butte’s extreme terrain spans several zones across the West Side, High Lift and North Face Lift and down more than 120 individually named trails. CB Steep Guides know the best exposures, snow conditions, and smartest tactics in these high-consequence zones.

Transcending your average ski school lesson, these bold pros are your backstage pass to maximizing vertical with special lift line privileges and inside knowledge on wall-to-wall extreme terrain. If you’re comfortable in double black diamond terrain and want to focus on tactics and building confidence, CB Steep Guides is for you.