The Silver Queen Lift opened today giving access to some of Crested Butte’s favorite runs like Windy Gap, Triangle, Lower North Star, and International from top to bottom!

And the good news keeps on coming because snow is expected today through to Monday! Current natural snow depth is 26 inches! Five lifts are up and running giving access to 225 glorious acres of which 181 have been groomed including Paradise Bowl. Even some of the advanced terrain is open for the season.

If you have never witnessed ice carving demonstration, then grab the kids and come check out some World Champion carvers show you their amazing talents! Rock on Ice returns to Crested Butte this December 19th and 20th! This 2 day event will feature a series of ice carving demonstrations and interactive sculptures. A dazzling ice sculpture garden will be created in the outdoor courtyard at the Mountaineer Square. Kids can even have their names carved into their very own block of ice prior to the Saturday night finale!


Crested Butte back country, November 6, 2008

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and Crested Butte Mountain Guides have created a new “Adventure Guide Program” that combines backcountry ski skills and education with guided in-bounds and out-of-bounds skiing. The new ski school offering addresses the need for skier skills and education for guests wanting a different ski experience in Crested Butte. As backcountry skiing continues to grow, CBMR wants guests to have the best instruction and most of all, a unique Colorado ski experience.

“With PSIA/AMGA Certified Guides running the program, the amazing terrain Crested Butte has to offer, and keeping it fun for the guest, this is the perfect addition to our programs,” says Nick Herrin, Ski and Ride School Director for CBMR. “Experienced guides will evaluate needs and ability to create a mountain experience guests will never forget. By getting them to explore the North Face or some of the hidden powder patches on the lower mountain, it’s guaranteed fun.” A partnership with Crested Butte Mountain Guides puts CBMR at the forefront of ski resorts offering this type of program.



With three weeks until opening day, it’s dumping in Crested Butte. Between four and eight inches could fall today.

See the snow falling live with Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Paradise cam.


Anyone booking with us between November 26 and December 17 will ski free. With our condo (which sleeps four adults) only $189 per night and a 4 of 6 pass costing $224 online, it’s huge bargain! Contact us for details.

The Freeskiing World Tour is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The largest and longest running competitive Big Mountain Freeskiing tour in the history of the sport, the FWT features an unprecedented six stops including a Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier (FWTQ). With $20,000 cash per World Tour stop, The FWT boasts over $100,000 total tour payout.

The Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships will take place in Crested Butte February 18-22, 2009.

Registration for the Telluride and Crested Butte stops of the 10th annual Freeskiing World Tour opens at noon on Nov. 12. Registration for the Snowbird and Kirkwood contests opens at noon the following day. Registration typically sells out quickly, and all interested athletes are encouraged to register early in order to participate.

All athletes who have not prequalified through last season’s point standings must enter the Telluride qualifying event Feb. 5-8 in order to join the tour. The Crested Butte contest is followed by contests at Zermatt, Switzerland; Snowbird, Utah; and Kirkwood, Calif., leading up to the Subaru Freeskiing World Championships at Alyeska, Alaska, on April 8-12.

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“Read more” for footage of the finals footage from the Subaru US Extreme Freeskiing Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado. Featuring the top 3 female and male competitors.




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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 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”.

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.


Mount Crested Butte awaits

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) holds pass prices, enhances family affordability and creates incentives to upgrade

Last year’s snowfall of 418 inches, a season surpassing the long-standing 1979-1980 record, has left Crested Butte Mountain Resort feeling optimistic about next winter. In celebration of last winter’s phenomenal season of snow, CBMR is holding last year’s early season prices for its Platinum, Gold and Bronze pass holders until August 1. It is reducing prices on child and young adult passes, and formulating better family purchase plans to increase family affordability.

“We are really listening to our pass holders,” says Ken Stone, CBMR Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, “and have revamped our program for our loyal skiers and newcomers to build greater value in the best mix of pass products ever.”

Lock in last year’s prices

Buy your Platinum, Gold or Bronze pass from June 18th to August 1st and profit from last year’s prices. All Platinum Pass holders enjoy no holds barred, unlimited skiing and riding with no blackout dates, plus a full summer of lift rides for mountain biking and hiking. Next up, all Gold Pass holders can fully exercise their inner powder hound by capitalizing on skiing and riding the full 2008-2009 winter season with no blackout dates. Both Platinum and Gold Pass holders can also take advantage of three free days at Durango Mountain Resort, Powderhorn, Taos Ski Valley, Okemo and Mt. Sunapee. Bronze Pass holders can choose a more affordable package in accepting blackout dates during busy seasons such as the winter holidays and spring break.

Greater family affordability

CBMR has lowered children’s pass prices and created a better Family Pass Program. The new Family Pass Program includes one free Young Adult or Child pass for every Adult Platinum or Gold Pass purchased in the same family. Additionally, Child and Young Adult Season Passes have been lowered from last year. A Child’s Gold Season Pass, valid for ages 7-12, is only $99 and Young Adult Gold Passes, valid for ages 13-17, are now only $150 during the early purchase dates. And, as always, children 6 and under ski free.

To truly capitalize on these special savings, you must purchase your pass option during the first discount price period from June 18th through August 1st. The second discount period will extend from August 2nd through September 26th, with regular pass prices concluding September 27th through April 5th.



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Planners for Crested Butte Mountain Resort recently held a public meeting to present their plans for the expansion of Crested Butte’s terrain to Snodgrass Mountain.  Citing “terrain variety” as the second most important trip decision factor after snow quality, the Snodgrass expansion will add a further 162 acres of intermediate terrain. Crested Butte Mountain Resort currently offers only 362 acres of intermediate terrain, less than half of most of its competitors, and among the lowest of destination resorts in Colorado.


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