Although Irwin is only 10 miles from the town of Crested Butte, Colorado, it receives three times more snow than the town itself. At an average of 600 inches per year, Irwin is considered a powder mecca, often compared to Alta, Utah and the Canadian Rockies. We get consistent storms of low-density snow and therefore ski a lot of high quality, dry, cold smoke powder - making for some of the best skiing of your life.
While cat skiing with Eleven at Irwin, we have a wide variety of terrain to meet everyone’s skill sets. Most of our runs begin on Scarp Ridge which offers panoramic views of the Elk Mountains with peaks towering over 13-14,000 feet.
For advanced skiers and thrill-seekers, we have extensive challenging terrain varying from open alpine bowls, steep narrow chutes and couloirs, and tight tree skiing. We also have many cliffs and rock bands that offer the chance to catch anywhere between 5-40 feet of air. Our terrain offers the unique opportunity for powder skiing on slopes of 30 and 40 degrees.
For more relaxed skiers we have low angle, wide open runs that are perfect to practice the art of powder skiing. We also try to groom at least one run for the beginner who needs to warm up or needs a break from the powder. On any given run we can split the group and find appropriate terrain to meet individual desires and abilities.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
7:00 AM: Meet at our Crested Butte headquarters
7:45 AM: Depart headquarters in Tucker snowcat for 45 minute ride to Irwin ski terrain 8:30 AM: Arrive at on-mountain chalet (Movie Cabin). Meet guides for the day and receive safety briefing
9:00 AM: Ski 4-5 runs
12:00 PM: Gourmet lunch at the Movie Cabin
1:00 PM: Ski 4-5 runs
4:00 PM: Apres ski at the Movie Cabin
4:45 PM: Depart for in-town headquarters in Eleven's Tucker snowcat
5:30 PM: Arrive back at in-town headquarters
*Please note this only a sample schedule. Daily schedule varies due to weather, snow conditions and skiing ability
Safety is always our first priority. All of our guides are trained avalanche professionals and have extensive medical training. Before guests arrive, our guides study the area's snowpack and perform any necessary avalanche mitigation efforts. Guides also outfit all guests with avalanche transceivers and give an instructional safety briefing outlining potential hazards and safety procedures. Proper risk management requires everyone's participation so we strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their guides.