Parade, concert and art costume party celebrate the area’s free spirit
While traditional Mardi Gras celebratory bashes will be plentiful, Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colo., are celebrating this traditional French holiday in their own special way again this year. Skiers, snowboarders and carnival lovers alike are invited to join the Mardi Gras fun on Feb. 21 and 24 as the towns prepare to send off Fat Tuesday with a bang.
Forecasters are expecting 1 to 2 feet of snow in Crested Butte from a storm this weekend.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through 6 a.m. Monday for the northwest Colorado mountains.
Live cam shot taken this morning (Sunday, February 25, 2009)
Skiiers in Crested Butte can dine in an igloo in Created Butte this season. The 15-foot-high igloo is set up next to the Ice Bar and Restaurant, just off the Peanut ski run at the base of the Twister lift.
The igloo seats about ten people and features a custom wood table and chairs to dine on. THe igloo will need to be reserved and Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) expects the cost of dinner per person to be about $100 including a reservation fee. Groups will also be able to rent the igloo for $750 per day.
CBMR’s new snow structure isn’t technically a block by block, igloo. The igloo was constructed by inflating a balloon called an “Igloo Moulder”, and then piling and compacting snow on top. Once the snow hardened, the balloon was deflated and pulled out, leaving a roomy interior.
The “Igloo Moulder” is made by Steurer Altach out of Austria. Crested Butte is the first ski resort in the United States to use the Igloo Moulder for a dining facility.
To reserve your one-of-a-kind dining experience, or for more information about the igloos, contact Crested Butte Vacations at 1-800-810-7669 or (970) 349-2222.
NASTAR (National Standard Race) courses at 120 ski resorts across the country. The pay-per-race program started in 1968, and since then more than 6 million skiers and snowboarders have forked over a few dollars and hurtled down flag-marked slopes, weaving their way to the finish line. All ages and skill levels can compete, and the good ones earn bronze, silver, gold and platinum medals for their efforts.
Spring Break brings ideal ski conditions.
Now that you’re persuaded, consider this: Crested Butte, Colo., is the Best Ski Town in America.
OK, OK, I know. I fall in love with every ski town I visit, from Lake Louise to Steamboat Springs to Alta to Jackson Hole and a dozen others. But if we’re talking just about towns here, I still take Crested Butte. The mountain offers some of the most extreme lift-served terrain in the country, but it’s the old mining town that stole my heart the first time I visited.
I’m still not sure whether it was the best fried chicken in America, which I ate at Slogar’s Restaurant, or the yellow and purple and blue Victorian shops and houses on every street. Though other ski towns shimmer with excess, Crested Butte slaps you on the shoulder like your best cousin, comfortable and casual and solid as a mountain underneath.
Now in its sophomore year, the North Face Masters of Snowboarding has become the largest cohesive competitive big mountain snowboarding tour in the country. The three-stop tour begins at Snowbird Jan 29 – Feb 1 and will cater to the motivation, talent, and skill of world-class big mountain snowboarders. Second stop, Feb 12-15, is at Crested Butte, Colo., and culminates at the ultimate big mountain competition venue of Kirkwood, Calif.
The long awaited U.S. Geological Survey report on Crested Butte’s Snodgrass Mountain has been made public after a lengthy review process by the US Forest Service.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and the US Forest Service conducted two in-depth geological hazards investigations with the goal of determining the suitability of Snodgrass Mountain for lift serviced alpine skiing. These two studies are in addition to several other studies that have been conducted on the mountain going as far back as 1976 making Snodgrass one of the most studied ski mountains in the country.
For the New England skier or snowboarder who has wondered what Tuckerman Ravine might be like with lift service, the answer is Crested Butte. Set in the beauty of Gunnison National Forest and the jagged peaks of the Rockies’ Elk Mountain Range, the resort about 230 miles southwest of Denver has a base elevation of 9,375 feet.
Its 121 trails provide well-manicured groomers for cruising and enough mountain panoramas to fill a memory card. The East River express serves up incredible vistas with fast-moving runs like Black Eagle and the half-bumped Resurrection. Bushwacker under the Teocalli lift is a wicked rolling run. Paradise Bowl is wide and easy, leading to some black diamond fun on Jokerville and signature International. Stop for a beer at the on-mountain Ice Bar restaurant and finish with a frosty apres-ski beverage at the chalet-style Avalanche at the base.
At 9:00 am this morning, Crested Butte Mountain Resort opened the North Face lift giving access to 250 acres of extreme skiing and riding. This opened up areas like The Glades, Tower 11, and North face! The ski patrol and groomers will be working hard throughout the weekend to open the High lift with additional terrain.
Currently, 15 lifts are up and running at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (with only the High Lift to go) giving access to 894 acres. The grooming teams have buffed out 64 trails of “Colorado’s Best Corduroy” for you to enjoy. The natural snow depth is 53 inches and you can expect the conditions on the Mountain to be powder and packed powder.