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Backcountry Skiing Crested Butte, Colorado [3rd Edition]


Beacon Guidebooks owner and author, Andy Sovick, has released a one-of-a-kind, completely remastered aerial atlas for backcountry skiing in Crested Butte.  

15% of all C.B. proceeds go directly to the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. 


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Crested Butte is tucked into a cul de sac of wilderness in the heart of Colorado’s most quintessential mountains. The Crested Butte zone offers seemingly endless recreational possibilities and due to its unique geography and orographic behavior, often receives the most snow. In his third edition of this guidebook, Andy Sovick returned to his original concept for a ski atlas: Beautiful large aerial images, critical terrain information, and avalanche terrain classifications. That’s it. This is a photographic tribute to all of the most commonly skied terrain around Crested Butte. 

Despite the simplicity, this guide is packed with information. Each zone and each route is rated with ATES ( the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale). We give you the maximum slope angle of each descent, aspects, elevations, a large overview map, snowmobile policies and trailhead information. As the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  If you’re armed with an understanding of the Crested Butte Avalanche Center forecast, this terrain atlas can help you make smarter decisions when deciding where to tour. Provided you already have some backcountry skiing experience, there is something in this atlas for everyone. Designed to go along with you on your tours and accompany the Backcountry Skiing Crested Butte Ski Map and Ski App.

This 8.5” x 11” saddle-stitch-bound book covers the following zones: Zachary’s, White Ridge West, Avery, Upper Copper Creek, East River Mini Golf, Bellview, Baldy Northeast, Baldy East, Baldy West, Gothic Mountain, Snodgrass, Coney’s, Schuylkill, Upper Slate + Pittsburg, Poverty Gulch, Mineral + Augusta, Purple Palace, Mt. Emmons North, Happy + Climax, Mt. Emmons North, Ruby + Owen + Purple, Axtell Mountain, Anthracites, West Brush Creek, and Teocalli.


Additional information

Weight.9 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8 × .5 in
Lou Dawson
Lou Dawson@wildsnow
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"This is the kind of publication that helps you arrive cold as an out-of-towner, find the “skinners” and have at it while pounding fluffy Colorado pow and laughing at the over-priced ski lifts."
West Elk Project
West Elk Project@westelkproject
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"It neatly lays out the elevations, descent lengths, aspects, trailhead directions, winter maintenance and parking info, snowmobile access, skin tracks, and exit info. That combined with helpful photos, give backcountry travelers a very good idea of what is going on."
Frank Konsella
Frank Konsella@14erskiers
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"Sovick’s book contains established skin tracks, preferred routes, etiquette, and notes on terrain traps, gullies and avalanche paths. It also assumes all users are trained in avalanche avoidance and rescue, and includes AIARE’s “Communication Checklist,” which includes tips for facilitating teamwork and good decision-making."
GriffOn the Berthoud Pass Ski Atlas
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"These books are great for quick references, re-capping tours and pre-planning. They are small and light and pack well too."
BeauOn the Light Tours of Colorado Ski Atlas
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"A well composed guidebook with lots of great suggestions, many of which I have already skied."
ReginaOn the Crystal Mountain Book
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"Gifted this to my son at Christmas. He loved it! And it exceeded his expectations."
MasonOn the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Atlas
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"I want to thank you for making the best ski guidebooks out there. Your books are a big reason why I’m able to explore the backcountry around Snoqualmie Pass."