10 Unique Gifts From Crested Butte
Not sure what to get your loved ones this holiday season? Not too worry — here are a few uniquely Crested Butte gift ideas sure to garner a grin. Even better, many of these options are sure to foster their spirit of adventure:
1. Gift Card to Camp4 Coffee: Warm your friend or family member from the inside out with a gift card they can use to nab a hot espresso drink, spicy chai or hot Toltec chocolat before or after a powder day on the slopes. Visit camp4coffee.com.
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2. Untraditional Dinner Out: Cross-country ski or snowshoe to the Magic Meadows Yurt for a dining experience like no other. Crested Butte Nordic Center guides outfit attendees with the correct equipment before accompanying them along a one-mile rolling route to dinner at the yurt. Sip on a drink while enjoying a five-course gourmet meal prepared by noted chef Tim Egelhoff. Visit cbnordic.org for a list of available dates and to make a reservation. (Cost: $135 per person)
3. Winter Zipline Tours at Crested Butte Mountain Resort: Get their heart beating during a guided zipline tour at CBMR. Experience five ziplines ranging in length from 120 to 400 feet that are connected by suspended wooden bridges and towering platforms. For reservations, stop by the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square or call 844-993-9545.
4. Lunch at Uley’s Cabin and Ice Bar: Make your loved one’s ski day by gifting them a stellar lunch at Uley’s Cabin. Give them a gift card to Uley’s and they’ll be thrilled to tuck into shrimp scampi, wild boar loin or other tasty options for their mid-day fuel. Bon appetite! Visit skicb.com/uleys to see the menu.
5. Entry Fee to the Fat Bike World Championships: Think outside the box and pay for your beloved biker to take part in this fat party set for Jan. 23-27, 2019. Visit cbchamber.com. (Cost: Individual events from $89; all-in pass for $218)
6. Snowmobile Tour: You’ll definitely blow their hair back if you book your friend or family member a snowmobile tour exploring Crested Butte’s gorgeous backcountry. Visit skicb.com/content/snowmobile-tours. (Cost: Tours from $99)
7. Take Your Skiing to the Next Level: World Champion and Olympic skier Wendy Fisher hosts special clinics designed to help skiers find their next level of “fearless.” Wednesdays with Wendy clinics cater to intermediate and advanced skiers, so it’s not required that you ski like an Olympian to learn from one. This season, clinics take place Jan. 9 and 16, Feb. 13 and 20, and March 13 and 20. Visit skicb.com/wendy.
8. New Duds from Thin Air Sports or CB Mountain Outfitters: If down feathers are falling out of your loved one’s jacket faster than the flakes are falling from the sky today, it’s time to nab them a new one from Thin Air Sports at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square or CB Mountain Outfitters in the Treasury Center. Choose from upscale brands like Mammut, Patagonia and more.
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9. Butte Camp: Led by CBMR’s Best PSIA certified Professional Instructors, Butte Camp is a four-day camp for expert skiers (levels 7-8) and takes place Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on select dates. Butte Camp includes daily coaching sessions, a First Tracks early lift load prior to opening on Tuesday morning and Ski & Ride School lift line privileges. Camps are capped at six participants. Dates for the season are Jan. 7-10, Jan. 14-17, Jan. 21-24, Jan. 28-31; Feb. 4-7 and Feb. 11-13, 2019. Visit Butte Camp for details.
10. Snowcat Skiing with Irwin Guides: Irwin, just 10 miles from Crested Butte, averages 600 inches of quality, cold smoke powder that snowsports enthusiasts dream about. Make those dreams come true with a snowcat ski tour. And you don't have to be an expert skier or rider — yes, there are narrow chutes, couloirs and tight tree skiing for advanced skiers and thrill seekers, but there are also wide open, low angle runs perfect for the more relaxed powder lovers. Visit irwinguides.com/snowcat-skiing. (Cost: $650 per person)