I've hiked to the top of Crested Butte and did the Peak run....down the backside toward the Teocalli Bowl. You can't go down the front side from the peak. Two ways to get the front runs (Funnel, Banana, Peel and Forest) is on the high traverse from the midpoint of the High Lift (T-bar). Or the low traverse just off the top of the Silver Queen. The low traverse is easier, less rocky and you don't have to unstrap to make it. The high traverse is sketchy...I walked a good bit of that.
From the hike to the Peak, you have an amazing view and the opportunity to hit a 10' cornice off the top. The snow is great and it is worth the hike. Not a fantastic run but worth the hike just for the view.
We lapped the front side off of Silver Queen using the low traverse. The Funnel and Banana are pretty awesome. Pay attention towards the bottom...I highly recommend looking for an exit to the right just after all the trails come together. If you ride to the bottom traverse to get out, you will end up walking quite a bit. I was able to get out on the higher traverse out without unstrapping and make it back to the Silver Queen.
Make sure you go to the Teocalli Bowl. The snow is generally better because you have a 10-15 minute hike out of the bottom. Great area to explore. Also, get to the 3rd Bowl...you will have to hike some but the snow is always great because few people hike it.
Was there a couple weeks ago and did it. The summit hike is pretty gnarly. this has been a great snow year for CB. They had like 8' the week before we went and the wind lips were massive, the one he is talking about at 10' was more like 20'. The runs are steep but short. Don't set super high hopes if you have ridden bigger mountains. It's a great mountain but we were underwhelmed having ridden Jackson the week before. The town is also a cool place. the base village is way more touristy than expected and about 5 minutes drive or shuttle to town.
I did Banana from the Silver-queen traverse in early March. It was the day after a competition where skiers did as many laps as they could (the winner did 30!) so the run was mogul-ed out far more than I would have liked.
I did have to unstrap and even do some minor rock-climb moves to get there, but that's what I had to do to not duck a rope.. strange. If I would have cut in lower, I would have had to duck under a rope and I was definitely not going to do that at Crested Butte.
If you look in the very beginning of the vid, there is a rock band I had to down climb to get to the start of the run, I saw some other people cut-in a ways below me (maybe the rope I saw ended out of sight?).
It felt a bit sketchy, as if I fell getting over there, I would have slid down pretty fast and been raked through a boulder field and into the trees (2 days prior I tried to get over there but it was VERY windy and very icy and falling was a real possibility). You can't see this in the vid because it was on the way over to the start of the run, before I started filming. I don't think anyone came in this high from the Silver-queen traverse, because there were no other tracks in the snow. The competitors must have cut in below where I did (which would have been a lot easier, I think).
I didn't get a chance to do it from the T-bar, but I would have liked to have tried that..
the yellow line approximates my route through. The red arrow just below "F" must be right near the rock band I had to downclimb. I am guessing that the red arrow above that is the entrance you would take if doing the upper traverse from the T-bar. I saw tracks above me and they must have come in that way. To do it from the very top of the mountain ("Hall of Fame") would be insane. I was told by a local that you would have to rappel in to even get there- I don't think the snow would even stick to those rock slabs with a skier/boarder on it, though. The second pic shows the start and looks up toward where the upper traverse comes in
I did Peel & Flatiron two days prior (on Saturday) but took Sunday off since that was the day of the competition anyway.
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Ahh, that looks like the upper part I wasn't able to get to.. you must have come in from the T-bar?... the cliff lower down on the right is what I had to downclimb to get to the run (I think).. maybe I'm wrong though as the Funnel is even further over than banana..