Crested Butte adds more snow making facilities

New snowmaking pipes are being installed at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), adding more acreage and more capacity to the East River area.

Enhanced snowmaking will allow the CBMR to open this area sooner, with better coverage in the early winter season. The resort has also leased a new Prinoth snow groomer, the Bison X,which will maintain one of the state’s best corduroy

Continued renovations at the Paradise Warming House – one of our regular on-mountain hang-outs – have been taking place throughout the summer for the second year in a row. The resort has put more than $200,000 into improving the on-mountain cafeteria; from completely upgrading the food line, to new furniture, an outdoor barbeque, a new bar, carpet and signage.

Rustic Crested Butte's Chic Drink Destination: Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

Onthesnow.com discovers the chic Dogwood Cabin in Crested Butte: “Two terms not often found in the same sentence: Fancy and Crested Butte. The isolated Colorado resort is more known for its laid-back appeal and incredibly difficult terrain. Somehow the three-year-old Dogwood Cocktail Cabin successfully mixes the finer things in life with the rustic nature of the central Rockies resort. (more…)

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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.

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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.

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.

Read the full article by Pamela LeBlanc at www.statesman.com.

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The Ice Bar – look for an igloo next season!

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.

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Breaking ground this year with an opening planned for the 2009/10 season, the Red Lady Lodge. At the top of the Red Lady Express Lift, this grand on-hill day lodge will replace the main resort cafeteria, adding a new flavor of enjoyment for residents and visitors to the mountain. The 22,000-square-foot space will offer ski services and a variety of attractions, including an upscale restaurant and bar, gourmet prepared-foods section, and a child-friendly play area and food zone. Come evening, fine dining with “stellar” views will be served up via gondola.

In addition to beginning the construction on-mountain of Red Lady Lodge, Crested Butte Mountain Resort planning the following improvements this year:

• Treasury Center upgrades to day skier seating, snack bar, and lockers
• Remodeling of Kids World ski school building
• Base area landscaping improvements
• Mountain trail improvements and gladding
• New snowmaking and groomed terrain

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Camp4Coffee serving up coffee on the mountain

Camp4Coffee is at the intersection of the Painter Boy, Prospector and Gold Link lifts. Famous for its coffee, it’s a great meeting point and somewhere to grab a quick power boost without stopping for too long. A good selection of hot and cold beverages (including soy hot chocolate for those that need dairy-free) and snacks. When the weather is good, the BBQ-mesiter pumps out hot- and bratwurst-dogs.

Being at the top of the green Painter Boy run and a selection of blue runs on the opposite side, beginner and intermediate ski needs can be met with a good spot for grabbing a quick breather.

In fact, when we were there in late-March, you could do two runs down Prospect before your coffee was ready to drink.

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The Clif Builder’s Bar – prevents downtime on the slopes!

With the cost of ski passes and the limited time (and money) for ski vacations, who wants to hang out too long feeding the kids?

The Clif Builder’s Bar was the answer. With 20g of protein from soy and nuts, we were able to split one of these bars between our two kids and keep them going until a late lunch at Butte 66 at the base of Crested Mountain Resort – BBQ Pork sandwich a must!

With no trans fat, hydrogenated oils or dairy (our youngest is allergic to dairy), the chocolate bars were gobbled up quick sharp and provided half of their daily required protein.

For us oldies that have to watch our cholesterol they may be a bit high in saturated fat, but hey I was skiing!

Check out their web site for more on their products and where you can buy them

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