This weekend, Crested Butte will play host to a retro-themed reunion and celebration fundraiser.
Crested Butte was an epicenter for extreme skiing in the 1990s. Shown here from left: Dave "Blue" Bluestein, Edwin "Shredwin" Foster, Dean Conway, Dave Swanwick. Photo Courtesy of Mariko K. Foster
A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the US Extreme Championships held in Crested Butte in 1992 will take place March 4-6 at Crested Butte, with proceeds benefiting the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation.
It’ll be a retro-themed weekend with dinners, parties, and a special on-snow Go Ski with a Legend skills clinic on Sunday, March 6, headlined by extreme skiing pioneers from the 1990s, including Aaron Estrada, Wendy Fisher, Scott Kennett, Jill Sickels Matlock, and Rex Wehrman, as well as modern competitors like Emma Patterson, who was on the Freeride World Tour in 2020.
Also on hand for mixing and mingling will be ski legend John Egan and the iconic filmmaker Greg Stump, who rocked the ski world with his seminal ski film, The Blizzard of Aahhh's, featuring Glen Plake, Mike Hattrup, and Scot Schmidt.
The Friday night party featuring band Kung Pao is sold out, but there are still tickets for the Après All Night soiree from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square ballroom at the base of Crested Butte.
Edwin L. Foster competed in 12 consecutive US Extreme Skiing Championships at Crested Butte, starting in 1992. This shot was taken in the finals at the 10th US Extreme Skiing Championships in 2001. He passed away in 2019 at 56. Photo Courtesy of Mariko K. Foster
Sunday’s Go Ski With a Legend event will kick off with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 3-hour clinic with a freeskiing legend. Up to six participants per group will be paired with a legend, an instructor, and grouped by ability level. Tickets for the breakfast and clinic, originally $250 per person, just went on sale for $100 per person. Tickets perks include line-cutting privileges on a busy weekend day.
The event represents the first in what organizers hope to be an annual event to raise funds for the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation. The CBSF provides financial support for youth in Crested Butte and Gunnison in their pursuit of snowsport experiences.