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.
The peak of Mt. Crested Butte got a dusting of snow this weekend as the shot above shows. Let's hope that that is a sign of things to come!
The path that facilitates ski in ski out at San Moritz Condos and leads to the Upper Level car park will be groomed for this upcoming ski season.
Thanks to permission from Stan Moores of Nevada Ridge, this path will be widened to 20 feet to allow the snow cats to groom it. While they’re widening the path, San Moritz will also have the excavating company buff out the terrain below the path so the snow cats can groom that area too. Not only will this make it make easier and more accessible for San Moritz guests, it will add more intermediate terrain to the lower slopes of the ski area.
Excellent news for all!
Crested Butte Mountain opens on November 26 and you can ski free until December 17 if you stay at the San Moritz Condos (and a few other places!). Our two bed condo rates for this period are $189 per night – what a bargain! So, if you fancy a little early season limber-up, e-mail us with your dates.
The early season free ski period was re-introduced again last year by Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), recently announced the appointment of Ken Stone as the new Chief Operating Officer of the company. Stone has been serving as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CBMR and will step up to head the company beginning September 2.
“We are fortunate to have someone as qualified as Ken to lead the company,” said Tim Mueller, President and owner of Triple Peaks LLC, CBMR’s parent company. “He has been an important part of our executive team as Vice President of Marketing and has contributed significantly as we moved though a transition period this year. ”
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) recently announced that it has appointed Nick Herrin as the new Mountain Schools Director, managing all aspects of the ski and snowboard schools.
Nick spent nine years at Big Sky, Montana as a ski instructor and working through the ranks as a Training Supervisor and as Group Sales Manager in the summers. A member of the PSIA National Team and most recently coming from Telluride Ski Resort, where he was Executive Director of the Ski School, Nick has extensive experience in the ski resort industry.
“I began teaching at age 14 and caught the ‘ski industry bug’ at Snoqualmie in Washington.” Since then, Nick dedicated himself to the profession.
“We are excited about Nick coming to CBMR bringing a new perspective from his background,” says Ethan Mueller, Director of Operations at CBMR. “Nick is joining us at a dynamic time for the organization and brings a great perspective to this integral part of our mountain team.”
“I’m really looking forward to joining the company and becoming part of the community. I can’t think of a better place to be in all four seasons.” says Herrin.
Nick will be starting in his role with the company beginning August 4th and coincides with a number of improvements to Kids World.
This season, the Kids’ World ski school will see a completely new concept “Kids Base Camp” and see the greatest physical transformation. According to CBMR, “The new Kids Base Camp will be a new an exciting themed program that will intrigue and engage kids through exploration and adventure both on and off the mountain.”
The current building will be taken down to the “studs” and completely redesigned. From a new entrance to remodeled kid friendly bathrooms and play areas, the entire space will be completely revamped. Not only will the space be designed with the kids in mind, it will be easier and quicker for the little ones to get into the flow and let mom and dad “hit the slopes”.
Sunday September 14th 2008 will see the MountainAir Marathon take place. Runners are invited to “come to the mountains and run our marathon from the historic mining town of Crested Butte, down the East River valley, along the banks of the Gunnison River to a finish in the stadium of Western State College”.
The race starts one mile south of Crested Butte at 8880 feet, runs along Hwy 135 to the finish in the stadium of Western State College in Gunnison (7700 feet). Start is at 7.30am Mountain Time.
Starting Line Outside CB – The town of Crested Butte (“CB”) is just north of the marathon starting line. A cozy, historic, mining town, CB has become one of the best kept secrets for summer and winter recreation.
Organisers said: “This won’t just be the best marathon you have ever run; it will be a weekend to cherish. You will be in the middle of a Colorado scenic and historic byway that is beginning the transformation from summer paradise to winter wonderland. With a little chill in the air, enjoy the brilliant colors of the quaking aspen trees and the warmth of the people in two great Colorado communities.”
For more information visit www.mountainairmarathon.com.
“Colorado’s last great ski town” is all abuzz. Once the holdout of elite athletes, former hippies, and powder dropouts, down-to-earth CB is attracting a new crop of young families and telecommuters looking for a laid-back and affordable alternative to glitzier counterparts like Telluride and Aspen.”
So says Outside Magazine (August 2008) which has just voted Crested Butte #9 in its “Best Towns 2008″ feature on “20 great American towns that have withstood hard times and reinvented themselves as havens of the good life”. We tend to agree!
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