New Destinations, Exciting Adventures and Sustainable Initiatives Await in 2019
The start of the New Year brings with it a sense of opportunity. It is a chance for everyone to turn over a new leaf with fresh goals and aspirations. For those of you who are struggling to come up with your own resolutions, perhaps you are overthinking it. Following are seven suggested New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
- Visit a New Ski Resort in 2019
In September 2018, Vail Resorts finalized their acquisition of Triple Peaks, LLC, including Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire. By adding the three Triple Peaks resorts – plus Stevens Pass in Washington – in advance of the 2018-19 winter season, Vail Resorts grew its portfolio of world-class international ski resorts to 18 mountains. Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to ski and ride at 65 mountains around the world through additional pass partnerships such as Colorado’s Telluride Ski Resort.
- Take a Ski or Snowboard Lesson
Men, women, adults and children can all benefit from taking a ski or snowboard lesson. No matter your ability level, a lesson can improve your time on the mountain. CBMR offers lessons for all ages, including the opportunity to learn tips from Olympian, Wendy Fisher.
- Try Winter Fat Biking
Riding bikes in the winter may sound counterintuitive at first, but fat biking has become one of winter’s latest crazes. Fat bikes are similar to a mountain bike, but have one very noticeable difference: tires that can exceed four inches in width, which allow for traction and flotation across snowy surfaces! Crested Butte hosts the self-proclaimed Fat Bike World Championships from Jan. 24-27, 2019. Whether you are a cycling enthusiast, just getting started or simply enjoy a good costume party, Fat Bike Worlds are not to be missed.
- Support an EpicPromise
In July 2017, Vail Resorts announced its Commitment to Zero – a bold pledge to reach a zero net operating footprint by 2030. Help support this initiative by taking advantage of the sustainable opportunities around CBMR, including:
- Water bottle refill stations in the Axtel Building, Paradise Warming House and Treasury Center.
- Using compostable or recyclable products.
- Bypassing the bag for your merchandise.
- Riding the free Mountain Express town shuttles to and from the resort.
- Dine in the Presence of a Bootlegger’s Past
Located mid-mountain on the slopes of CBMR is an inconspicuous cabin with deep roots. Uley’s Cabin was built in honor of 1880s mountain man Uley Sheer, who came to prosper on mining claims in the northern end of the Gunnison Valley. Instead of finding a life of prosperity and ease from his claims, Uley was forced to rely on trapping, cooking in mining camps and bootlegging to survive.
Nowadays guests are invited to dine in a much cozier ambiance than Uley ever experienced. Lunch at Uley's Cabin is for skiers and riders looking for a quintessentially Crested Butte on-mountain dining experience before heading back out on the slopes.
- Point Your Skis the Other Way and Try Uphill Skiing
Skip the chairlift and earn your turns this winter. Outside of daily resort operating hours (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), CBMR offers uphill skiing access – also known as skinning – on a designated route to the top of the Silver Queen Express lift. Throughout the day, skiers are welcome to enjoy the resort’s Daytime Uphill Route; while you might get some funny looks by other skiers on the mountain, you can trust us that your turns will be that much sweeter!
- Get First Chair on a Powder Day!
We have saved our best for last. Claiming “first chair” is a rite of passage for many skiers and riders, but this claim-to-fame is even better on a powder day. For a real challenge, try to ski all day from first chair to last!
We hope that these seven resolutions will help you make the most of your year. Be sure to tag @skicrestedbutte on your social posts if you meet any of these resolutions!