Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is already moving forward with plans and improvement projects for the 2008-2009 winter season after experiencing the resorts snowiest winter on record last season, with a total of 421 inches of snow and an unprecedented 100 inch base on closing day.
CBMR improvements slated for the 2008-2009 winter season are focused on creating an enhanced guest experience. New this winter: Increased and expanded airline service, upgrades and remodel of the Treasury Center; a new “Kids Base Camp” replacing Kids World; on-mountain terrain expansion in Teocalli Bowl, glading and brush cutting on the mountain. Along with these improvements, the resort base area hotels continue to expand guest amenities and services.
Tim and Diane Mueller, owners of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, are looking for active support of their proposed plans for the expansion to Snodgrass Mountain. And attending meetings and contributing to polls won’t cut it. According to an open letter from the Muellers, "The Forest Service has made it clear that they will not allow the Snodgrass plan to enter the NEPA process unless there is strong community support for it.
"The Forest Service will gage [sic] this support by community feedback to them through letters and emails. Therefore, it is most critical that all of the supporters for lift serviced alpine skiing on Snodgrass either email or write letters of support for the project to the Forest Service."
Emails to the Forest Service can be sent via the SnodgrassFacts.com web site, or you can send letters to the following address:
Charlie Richmond, Forest Supervisor
USDA Forest Service
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest
2250 Highway 50
Delta, CO 81416
Gunnison airport is expanding service into the region for the 2008/09 ski season and has added three cities to its list of direct flights.
In past years, direct flights were available from Denver and Dallas. This year Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Chicago have been added with Delta joining United and American Airlines as carriers to bring skiers to Crested Butte.
Financial arrangements with the three airlines flying into Gunnison comes to $1.4 million in air guarantees. The air guarantee program has been underwritten by the Regional Transportation Authority and Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
The RTA and CBMR are providing Delta Airlines $300,000 in guarantees to provide a daily flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, on a 50-passenger regional jet. They will also provide a $200,000 guarantee for Delta to provide a Saturdays-only flight from Atlanta on a 188-passenger Boeing 757. There are more than 4,000 potential round-trip seats between the two destinations.
American Airlines will be flying a single, daily 737 from Dallas for a guarantee of $500,000. In addition, the RTA is providing American Airlines a guarantee of $250,000 to run a Saturday-only flight from Chicago on a 757 jet.
With a $400,000 guarantee United will provide three daily flights out of Denver on a 66-passenger regional jet.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) holds pass prices, enhances family affordability and creates incentives to upgrade
Last year’s snowfall of 418 inches, a season surpassing the long-standing 1979-1980 record, has left Crested Butte Mountain Resort feeling optimistic about next winter. In celebration of last winter’s phenomenal season of snow, CBMR is holding last year’s early season prices for its Platinum, Gold and Bronze pass holders until August 1. It is reducing prices on child and young adult passes, and formulating better family purchase plans to increase family affordability.
“We are really listening to our pass holders,” says Ken Stone, CBMR Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, “and have revamped our program for our loyal skiers and newcomers to build greater value in the best mix of pass products ever.”
Lock in last year’s prices
Buy your Platinum, Gold or Bronze pass from June 18th to August 1st and profit from last year’s prices. All Platinum Pass holders enjoy no holds barred, unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates, plus a full summer of lift rides for mountain biking and hiking. Next up, all Gold Pass holders can fully exercise their inner powder hound by capitalizing on skiing and riding the full 2008-2009 winter season with no blackout dates. Both Platinum and Gold Pass holders can also take advantage of three free days at Durango Mountain Resort, Powderhorn, Taos Ski Valley, Okemo and Mt. Sunapee. Bronze Pass holders can choose a more affordable package in accepting blackout dates during busy seasons such as the winter holidays and spring break.
Greater family affordability
CBMR has lowered children’s pass prices and created a better Family Pass Program. The new Family Pass Program includes one free Young Adult or Child pass for every Adult Platinum or Gold Pass purchased in the same family. Additionally, Child and Young Adult Season Passes have been lowered from last year. A Child’s Gold Season Pass, valid for ages 7-12, is only $99 and Young Adult Gold Passes, valid for ages 13-17, are now only $150 during the early purchase dates. And, as always, children 6 and under ski free.
To truly capitalize on these special savings, you must purchase your pass option during the first discount price period from June 18th through August 1st. The second discount period will extend from August 2nd through September 26th, with regular pass prices concluding September 27th through April 5th.
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Planners for Crested Butte Mountain Resort recently held a public meeting to present their plans for the expansion of Crested Butte’s terrain to Snodgrass Mountain. Citing “terrain variety” as the second most important trip decision factor after snow quality, the Snodgrass expansion will add a further 162 acres of intermediate terrain. Crested Butte Mountain Resort currently offers only 362 acres of intermediate terrain, less than half of most of its competitors, and among the lowest of destination resorts in Colorado.
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee® The sport was formalized in the 1970’s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest number of strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest number of throws). A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the “hole”. the hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket.
As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the “putt” lands in the basket and the hole is completed. Apparently, disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. There are few differences, though, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association: “Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you probably won’t need to rent a cart, and you never get stuck with a bad “tee time.”
Crested Butte’s course begins at the top of the Red Lady Express lift and meanders to within easy downhill strolling distance of the base area. Rental discs are available through the Ticket Office. For more information call Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s ticket office toll free at 888-280-5728 or 970-349-2262.