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I have decided to try and get a job in CB this summer and was wondering what the riding season was like, weather wise. It seem like the high country stuff is july through september/october generally. How many days are actually rideable when everything is open? Do afternoon storms close trails frequently?
 

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I rode Crested Butte last September and the locals told me it pretty much rains almost every afternoon there so don't let the rain chances keep you from coming. And it rained at 5pm that day as we were driving back to Fruita :D. The 401 was mostly in great shape - a few good puddles here and there but nothing that would be considered a washout. Heck there was a small stream crossing the road that led back to where we parked once we got to the bottom of the trail so had to hike through the woods to find a spot we could cross.
 

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trails never close here because of rain. Last years monsoon we had more precip than normal, but it will never keep you from riding. Usually a t-storm or shower doesn't last too long and a lot of times it makes the trails perfectly tacky. During monsoon season we'll usually have clear skies and nice weather until mid/late afternoon, so plenty of great riding is had almost everyday.

As far as the season, the first trails will open up sometime in May (upper loop, lupine, deer creek ect Think lower altitude/south facing trails). Hartman rocks 30mi down the road will open in April. Usually the last snow will fall sometime in mid/late May, but will usually melt out the same day. High alpine trails (401, 403, Star pass, ect) Are usually good sometime in July.

June is usually fairly dry
Monsoons start up in July and last until sometime in Sept.
Later in Sept is usually dry, snow can start to fall in Oct.

Between Hartman rocks and trails further up valley in CB the riding season is usually April - November/December. During a bad snow year Hartmans can sometimes be ridden all year round. Hope all of this info helps.
 

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BDKeg nailed it with the riding season. The main concern during the summer storms isn't the rain, but the exposure to lightning on high ridges and above treeline.
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definitely a huge concern during monsoon season. I try to plan rides in the morning and be done by noon or early afternoon on weekend. during the week it's a game of studying the local weather radar and trying to dodge any weather on after work rides. The storms are at least hit and miss, but I get spooked easily with any lightning.
 

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I have some experience riding above tree level. Can you safely ride cbmr in most of the rains, is that low enough?
Most trails on CBMR are throughout CB are low enough that it can be done, but you aren't completely out of the woods in the case of lightning. Rain - no problem. If you see lightning or hear thunder, it's best to play it safe and absolutely avoid anything above tree line. Unless you plan on climbing up CMBR, however, there won't be much choice as they shut the lifts down when lightning is sighted.

The trails never close due to rain, but you just have to be smart about it - like anything. And, to be honest, the rain is never really something to worry about. I look forward to the daily rains. They refresh the trails and keep things nice and tacky. If there's lightning...wait. It will pass. What's terrifying is June when it doesn't rain...evil, evil moon dust.
 

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And as for jobs, good workers often have too much work. You'll work hard, but I've never seen someone willing to work hard struggle to find a job. Most locals have several. Definitely check out CB news. And check out CBMR's website as well. Butte 66 is opening this summer and there are a lot of perks with the job (free ski/downhill pass, discounts, etc).
 

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So far I've heard back from the last steep, secret stash, ginger house, and elevation's restaurant. Seems like these are all in the top 1/3 of the places in cb. Any one of these worth really gunning for the job over the others?
 

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Stash and the steep are probably the top 2, followed by the ginger and then 9380. Steep is probably the busiest place during off-seasons, if you're hoping to stay busy then.

Rain is generally fine, but it also depends on where. You'll only get caught once on something like flag-bear with sticky clay mud to know what I mean.
 

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Stash and the steep are probably the top 2, followed by the ginger and then 9380. Steep is probably the busiest place during off-seasons, if you're hoping to stay busy then.

Rain is generally fine, but it also depends on where. You'll only get caught once on something like flag-bear with sticky clay mud to know what I mean.
+1 stash and steep

9380 would definitely be hit and miss, plus the fact that they could never get their upper management in order, it's still a mess there.
 

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As a former bartender at 9380, I agree with BDKeg. You make a lot of money, but there are a lot of management issues. I quit there this winter after two years of drama. If you can handle the drama, the money is awesome, though. I just got a bit too old for it.

The Stash is awesome. The owner is opening up a new restaurant on June 1 called Bones. Steep is also awesome. Look at Brick Oven too. With that patio, they are hopping in summer. Maxwell's is okay as well. Worked there for a few years. Good money, more drama, but good food and at $40 bucks an entree, the tips are rocking.

Looks like you are from Ohio? I am Oberlin/Elyria area - born and raised. Message me when you get into town. We shall ride fun sassy trails, either in CB or Gunnison, snow depending :thumbsup:
 

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I don't live in CB but I live in the high country. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is when it rains, it's friggin' COLD. There are no pleasant, singin' in the rain type showers in the high country and it often comes down in buckets with hail. While everyone is different in what they feel the need to carry, I always have leg & arm warmers, long finger gloves, and a fairly burly rain jacket in my pack. I will almost always try to time my rides to avoid the afternoon rain if possible which if you're fairly flexible isn't that hard to do. As everyone has said, it usually doesn't last that long.
 

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There is no management that could possibly be worse than my current job. I thought I read Elevation was under new management, don't know if that made any difference, though. Definitely excited for the local restaurant/bar scene. Looks like there shouldn't be a shortage of interesting places to work.

Looking forward to getting in some rides with you guys. I got out for the first time today riding around my neighborhood, and lets just say I've got a ways to go to get my legs back for the summer.
 
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