The family rides back up the Red Lady lift for another shot down Crested Butte’s Roller Coaster or Mineral Point.
“In my family we’re even willing to give up a little individual freedom for the collective good, heeding a roster of rules enforced over the years by my father. The downhill commandments of “Ski Trip Dad,” as we call him, include: “No whining,” “Don’t bring more gear than you can carry,” “Don’t expect people to wait if you sleep in,” “Helmets required” and “Always stop at an intersection in the trail and wait for everyone else.”
Crested Butte is restructuring its direct flight program in an effort to better appeal to destination skiers.
The ski area operator and its partners from local governments, who levy a sales tax to subsidize transportation, had taken a heavy hit in revenue guarantees two years ago when airlines too frequently carried fewer passengers than is necessary to meet costs. The subsidized flights were primarily to Texas markets and also Denver.
This year, Crested Butte took a breather, offering fewer flights, but hopes to return next winter with a substantially revised program to a variety of new cities, including to Delta Airlines headquarters in Salt Lake City, and also Chicago, Atlanta, and other major markets.
Nearly $2 million will be offered to airlines, to ensure they don’t lose money on the new flights. To make this possible, the ski area operator, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, will pick up a large portion of the tab, $1.2 million, should the planes not fill to at least 75 percent of capacity.
Crested Butte also expects to cut back its shuttles from Denver.
Source: Idaho Mountain Express
Fun video of last year’s 4th of July Parade: special guest appearance by Michael Jackson, railriding by snowboarders and zip-lining.
Two lifts will run this summer at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
The Silver Queen lift will operate June 20 – September 3, 2007
The Red Lady Express Lift will operate June 20 – August 12, 2007
Chairlift rides on Crested Butte Mountain Resort are available to summer hikers and bikers. The Silver Queen lift transports hikers to just below the summit at 11,400 feet. From there, sightseers can climb to the 12,162-foot Mt. Crested Butte peak, stop for a picnic or simply take in the spectacular views of the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
The Red Lady Express lift transports hikers and mountain bikers. From rolling single-track to more advanced technical terrain, Crested Butte Mountain offers miles of summer trails to entice bikers of all abilities and ages.
Other activities available for those on foot include Disc Golf (970-349-2262 for more info) and the Adaptive Sports Center’s challenge / ropes course (call ahead for reservations at 970-349-2296).
For more information on Summer Lift Tickets, call 970-349-2262 or visit http://www.skicb.com/summer-tickets.html
Eileen Ogintz talks about her many family trips to Crested Butte:
"There are memories everywhere I look.
"We were just married — no kids yet — when friends from Texas
introduced us to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. A gem of a mountain (no
lift lines here!) just minutes on a free, festively painted shuttle bus
from the tiny (less than 2,500 people) town of Crested Butte, so
steeped in mining history that most of the downtown area, with its
wooden, multicolored, 19th-century buildings, is on the National
Register of Historic Places. (Ever see a two-story outhouse?)
"We’ve been back many times since with our kids, cousins and various
other relatives and everyone has as much affection for this place as we
do, even though its location in southwestern Colorado (about a
half-hour from Gunnison County Airport) makes it tougher to get to than
many mountain resorts.
""That’s our blessing and our curse,"
observes longtime local Joe Fitzpatrick, town manager of Mt. Crested
Butte. "You have to really want to come here," he says, "But once you
get here, you’re really rewarded.""
Read the full article: CNN: "Taking the kids: To rustic Crested Butte"
Read the reviews from onthesnow.com. Out of 29 reviews, Crested Butte received an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 (the Terrain Parks brought the average down. Pah!).
“Crested Butte is the one, ladies and gentlemen, second to none. If you’ve learned how to turn long ago and crashing moguls is making you sore, you’ve found the promised land.”
“Just spent 5 days at CB on our 10th anniversary “Guys Ski Trip” and had a fantastic time! The mountain is quite challenging with beautiful runs on the North Face and off the High chair. The snow was great and abundant. I have skied all the major resorts in North America, Europe and Chile and CB has nothing to desire in terms of terrain.”
In the next few days Mt. Crested Butte town officials will be sending a letter to the U.S. Forest Service indicating their community’s support of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) proposal to expand lift-accessed skiing onto neighboring Snodgrass Mountain.
Plans to expand the ski area onto the 11,145-foot-high Snodgrass Mountain, adjacent to Mt. Crested Butte, have come and gone for more than two decades.
In a community survey conducted by Crested Butte in 2006 that asked area residents about their stance on issues such as the development of the North Village, the need for more public amenities like parks, and whether or not they support the Snodgrass expansion. The survey indicates that 68 percent of the general respondents support the expansion and 66 percent of full-time Mt. Crested Butte residents support the expansion.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) 5th Annual Slush Huck, the final event of the Profurious Park ‘N Pipe Series, took place on March 29 and 30, 2008. The two-day event, which is sponsored by DC Shoes, featured Superpipe and Slopestyle competitions as well as Pond Skimming here. The Slush Huck was one of the Crested Butte’s coolest events of the season. It was cold, it was wild, it was fun to watch.
The past week’s snowstorms brought Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) more than 31 inches, with 17 inches of accumulation in the past 48 hours. The latest storm brought the snowfall to 418 inches for the 2007-2008 season, catapulting the resort past the previous record of 415 inches set in the winter of 1979-1980.
Crested Butte has also reached that magic base depth of 100 inches. Since early December, snow has fallen at Crested Butte more than 50 percent of the days this winter, with record snowfall in December, January and February. With storm totals accumulating anywhere from eight to 32 inches it has been "Powderlicious" winter in Crested Butte.
"I have had so many guests and locals say that they have had their ‘best day ever’ this winter, and it is going to continue right up until the final day," said Ken Stone, VP and Chief Marketing Officer. "With more snow in the forecast, this it is shaping up to be another powder weekend."
The weather forecast is calling for another storm this Wednesday and Thursday, bringing an additional one to two feet.
This weekend is you final chance to experience this record breaking season. CBMR is inviting all season pass holders, from any other ski area to join in the celebration of this record breaking year with half price lift tickets. Closing day is April 13, 2008.
One of the most interesting and challenging backcountry ski races on the planet celebrated 11 years of memorable moments and amazing athletic feats in 2008. The 11th annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a backcountry ski race that follows mail routes that connected the Colorado mining towns of Crested Butte and Aspen in the 1880s.
It kicked off at the stroke of midnight, March 28, and is a one-of-a-kind test of endurance and smarts, requiring avalanche awareness, backcountry athleticism, winter camping knowledge and map reading skills all wrapped in one.
Racers traverse behind the San Moritz Condos on Hunter Hill Road about an hour after the start.