Joel Berliner, just wrote a spectacular piece about Crested Butte in the Milwaukee – Wisconsin Journal: “Crested Butte is truly an undiscovered gem, combining outrageous mountain skiing with a postcard-perfect vintage town of unquestionable charm.

“An emerging luxury resort that evokes the authenticity of Aspen 30 years ago, Crested Butte is developing an upscale character without sacrificing the qualities that make it exceptional. Tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, 20 miles north of Gunnison, Col., it may be the best-kept secret in Alpine skiing in the continental United States.”

He concluded: “Just 13 miles and several mountain ranges from Aspen, as the crow flies (but hundreds of miles apart by road), Crested Butte is what Aspen used to be, exceptionally upscale, but remote and unique. Nothing could keep us from coming back, and so we will, again and again.”

Read the full article here: Skiing up a storm in the Rockies

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Crested Butte back country, November 6, 2008

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and Crested Butte Mountain Guides have created a new “Adventure Guide Program” that combines backcountry ski skills and education with guided in-bounds and out-of-bounds skiing. The new ski school offering addresses the need for skier skills and education for guests wanting a different ski experience in Crested Butte. As backcountry skiing continues to grow, CBMR wants guests to have the best instruction and most of all, a unique Colorado ski experience.

“With PSIA/AMGA Certified Guides running the program, the amazing terrain Crested Butte has to offer, and keeping it fun for the guest, this is the perfect addition to our programs,” says Nick Herrin, Ski and Ride School Director for CBMR. “Experienced guides will evaluate needs and ability to create a mountain experience guests will never forget. By getting them to explore the North Face or some of the hidden powder patches on the lower mountain, it’s guaranteed fun.” A partnership with Crested Butte Mountain Guides puts CBMR at the forefront of ski resorts offering this type of program.

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With three weeks until opening day, it’s dumping in Crested Butte. Between four and eight inches could fall today.

See the snow falling live with Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Paradise cam.

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Anyone booking with us between November 26 and December 17 will ski free. With our condo (which sleeps four adults) only $189 per night and a 4 of 6 pass costing $224 online, it’s huge bargain! Contact us for details.

The Freeskiing World Tour is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The largest and longest running competitive Big Mountain Freeskiing tour in the history of the sport, the FWT features an unprecedented six stops including a Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier (FWTQ). With $20,000 cash per World Tour stop, The FWT boasts over $100,000 total tour payout.

The Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships will take place in Crested Butte February 18-22, 2009.

Registration for the Telluride and Crested Butte stops of the 10th annual Freeskiing World Tour opens at noon on Nov. 12. Registration for the Snowbird and Kirkwood contests opens at noon the following day. Registration typically sells out quickly, and all interested athletes are encouraged to register early in order to participate.

All athletes who have not prequalified through last season’s point standings must enter the Telluride qualifying event Feb. 5-8 in order to join the tour. The Crested Butte contest is followed by contests at Zermatt, Switzerland; Snowbird, Utah; and Kirkwood, Calif., leading up to the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships at Alyeska, Alaska, on April 8-12.

For more information, visit www.freeskiingworldtour.com.

“Read more” for footage of the finals footage from the Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado. Featuring the top 3 female and male competitors.

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Now’s a good time to book for Crested Butte. Fuel prices have plummeted in the last few weeks and that’s having an effect on airfares. According to industry sources in Crested Butte, fares for direct service to Crested Butte are as low as $300 right now, but these low fares won’t remain indefinitely. At some point those planes will fill up and prices will jump back again. So, don’t wait too long. If you see a fare in the $300 range, that’s as good as it’s going to get.

Gunnison airport has expanded 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.

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