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It was a Crested Butte kind of spring day today; it started with parkas and ski boots and ended with flip-flops and sunburn. A perfect day for the inaugural CB3P – Crested Butte Pole/Pedal/Paddle. Which, as it turns out, is a perfect event for Crested Butte.

The route followed the spring snowmelt from frozen slopes to rolling river. After an uphill/downhill ski on Crested Butte Mountain, the 50 racers bicycled 27 miles down valley to Gunnison, then hopped in water vessels – kayaks, duckies, paddleboards, rafts – and rode the icy Gunnison River several miles to end at the Whitewater Park.

  Since Poo-Fest melted away, April hasn’t had a festival to call its own, and the CB3P put April on fine display: when and where else can you ski, bike and boat from one end of the valley to the other?