Crested Butte has partnered with The Ski Organizers, a national full-service ski tour operator, to help skiers and snowboarders living on Colorado’s Front Range travel to Crested Butte via a comfortable and environmentally friendly coach service.
Riders who book the weekend bus packages meet the Ski Bus at established pick-up locations and have a hassle-free ride straight into Crested Butte. The Ski Organizers coordinate the bus transfers, pick-up location, and other logistics.
All weekend ski packages include two nights’ accommodation in Crested Butte, round trip private bus transportation from the Front Range, and two days of skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Prices and booking options are online.
After four flights and an overnight stop in Tampa, arrived in Crested Butte at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. With ski passes and ski equipment pre-booked on-line the admin side of the ski trip took less than an hour. Passes for four took less than 1/4 of an hour and Peak Sports had us fitted in about half an hour.
First-ish lift this morning and a sunny start to the ski trip. Snow was forecast and the weather closed in, got cold and windy but the snow never fell.
Another 2 inches of snow fell last night making the 48 hour total 4 inches and the 7 day total a whopping 43 inches! An unbelievable 206 inches of snow has already coated the mountain this year and even more snow is expected to fall throughout this Thursday, the 29th of January, while temperatures will reach the upper teens. Starting Friday, the Colorado sun will shine brightly, raising the temperatures to the mid 20’s.
Thanks to all the glorious snow that has come down this year, 100% of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain is open, as well as 93% of the amazing Extreme terrain. 15 chair lifts are running, leading you to 1191 skiable acres, 481 of which have been groomed to perfection. Remember, Teocalli Lift will be closed until Friday, but will reopen for the weekend.
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.
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.