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It's ON (not OFF) Season!

Although this time of the year is considered “off season” in Crested Butte – changing of the seasons, locals leaving town, school is ending – some of us feel like it is truly just the opposite: “on season!” Here are five reasons we think so:

  1. The trails are buff and people-less! After a shorter and drier winter than normal, the trails in and around CB are abundant and free of traffic. Not only is this a great time to get out there and explore, but chances are that you won't see a soul. Enjoy it while you can!
  2. It's a great time to reunite with
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Top 10 Reasons to Work at CBMR this Summer

Top 10 Reasons to Work at CBMR this Summer

  1. Legendary lunch breaks: How many jobs allow you to pursue your outdoor passions on your lunch breaks?? While everyone else is counting down the precious few minutes of time off the clock, you could be lapping our Evolution Bike Park or riding the Silver Queen, recharging your batteries while you take in breathtaking views of the Gunnison Valley.
  2. Become a part of the Family: From Mountain Clean-up day to the last day of the season, the Mueller family has a hands on presence at CBMR. They are committed to making Crested Butte Mountain Resort
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Springtime = Pedaltime

Springtime = Pedaltime

It’s here. The change in the seasons when winter gear, skis and boards get cleaned up and put away and the two-wheeled beauty emerges. Dust off your mountain bike, townie or road bike and experience springtime riding in the Gunnison Valley, from townie cruiser days to lung busting climbs and thrilling descents. Below is our (not even close to definitive) roundup of great rides during May, no matter what your ability or two-wheel preference.

Townie Ride:

Grab or rent a townie bike and enjoy a very low key and fun ride. The first (and least lung burning) is a...

Discover Crested Butte In May!

Discover Crested Butte In May!

Crested Butte comes to life in May! Trails begin to dry out for trekking, restaurants open their freshly cleaned doors, residents return from far off destinations, and life becomes lively once again on Elk Avenue and beyond. If you are lucky enough to visit Crested Butte in May make sure to check out these do not miss experiences. 

Hiking: 
Trails have already began to melt and dry out. Although the major mountain trails are not open, there are plenty of amazing finds with great views and challenges. 

The Caves Trail: The Caves Trail is located...

Stay In Shape This Off Season!

Stay In Shape This Off Season!

With two months between the end of the ski season and the start of the summer season, it’s important to stay in shape so that you can hit the ground running when the trails melt and the temperatures warm up!

There are a number of options in the valley that can help you do this!

Gunnison Recreation Center

Mix up your workout routine with the Climbing Wall, Aquatics Center and a basketball court at the Rec Center to get ready for mountain biking and hiking season. Bonus?...

Thank You 2017-18 Winter Staff!

Thank You 2017-18 Winter Staff!

We recognize an incredible season would never be possible without our amazing staff. Below are a few astonishing facts that our employees achieved during the 2017-18 Season.  

  • 18,000 pairs of skis and snowboard rentals were adjusted
  • Our talented snowmakers gave mother nature a helping hand by putting in nearly 7,000 hours turning water and cold air into snow
  • 13,290 pounds of French fries were cooked to golden perfection and served up as the ultimate on-mountain snack
  • Approximately 10,000 hours of ski and snowboard lessons were taught turning new
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2017-18 Instagram Roundup

2017-18 Instagram Roundup

We hope you enjoy our top 10 favorite #crestedbutte posts from the 2017-18 Season! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Closed for winter

Closed for Winter, See You This Summer

Lifts are now closed for the winter season. Thanks for joining us this winter, and we look forward to the lifts spinning again for the summer season on June 9.

With a multitude of activities and events, now is the time to start planning your summer Crested Butte vacation. 

 

SkiTown Breakdown Is This Weekend!

SkiTown Breakdown Is This Weekend!

Springtime is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party” and we’re doing just that during our closing weekend from April 6 – 8! Not only is closing weekend a lot of fun out on the slopes, but we also have a fantastic line up of live music and events for an unforgettable closing celebration!

Friday, April 6: Kick the weekend off with Olympian Aaron Blunck and live music! 

Aaron Blunck Celebration at Butte 66: On Friday at Butte 66 from 4 – 5:30 pm we will be celebrating our local Olympian and CBMR Ambassador Aaron Blunck! You’ll want to be one of...

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a 2018-19 CMBR Season Pass

5 Reasons to Buy a 2018-19 CMBR Season Pass

Buying a Crested Butte Season Pass is worth it for so many reasons, and with a simple tiered pass structure with the Peak Pass or Peak Pass Plus there is something for both the bargain and value hunter!

Check out our top 5 reasons to buy a 2018-19 CBMR Season Pass: ​

  1. VALUE: The value of a season pass is huge! With prices starting at just $669 with unlimited winter downhill access and no blackout dates – a season pass give you full access all winter season for less than a weeks’ worth of lift tickets. Whether you are a local, second homeowner or lover of
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Snowboarding with Mt. Teocalli in the background

A Day in the Life of a CBMR Mountain Athlete

7:00 am: Wake up and be grateful to be in this beautiful mountain town

7:01 am: Snuggle my mountain mutts

7:10 am: Let my pups outside and take in some deep breaths mountain air

7:11 am: Grab a tall glass of water – hydrate body for the physical day

7:13 am: Find a peaceful place to meditate for 10 mins – a great way to mentally prepare for the day ahead

7:23 am: Do some light stretching/yoga to warm up and loosen the body, with a focus on avoiding injuries

7:43 am: Brew some coffee (maybe most important part of the day)

7:50 am: Cook up...

This Week In The Butte March 26 2018

This Week In The Butte March 26 2018

With two more weeks left in the season, Crested Butte is not slowing down! There are several awesome, do-not-miss events this week including the last Full Moon Party and CB Unplugged featuring Todd Sheaffer and the challenging Cosmic SkiMo Race! 

Sunset Soiree I March 27
Enjoy longer days and the beautiful views from the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks during our Sunset Soiree. Event tickets are for sale in advance online or at the Adventure Center for $60 per person and includes dinner with...

Zero Waste Lifestyle

Words by Jake Burchmore

 

As a skier, I try to be consciously aware about my impact on the environment and the land we use to ski or ride. Our beloved mountains should be treated with utmost respect. By choosing the zero waste lifestyle, we can live in a healthier environment and give Mother Nature the respect she deserves. Our choices and behaviors are vital when it comes to our impact through generating waste. Moreover, diverting waste to the right places is also important for adopting this lifestyle and maintaining your practices. In 2008, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (...

This Week In The Butte March 19, 2018

This Week In The Butte March 19, 2018

It’s shaping up to be a gorgeous and fun Spring in Crested Butte. This week is no exception with amazing on-mountain experiences, adventurous races and live music to experience everything Crested Butte has to offer. 

Sunset Soiree I March 20 
Enjoy longer days and the beautiful views from the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks during our Sunset Soiree. Event tickets are for sale in advance online or at the Adventure Center for $60 per person and includes dinner with charcuterie, fondue, chili, paninis...

Training for the Grand Traverse

Training for the Grand Traverse

It’s coming up on two weeks until the Grand Traverse, and Niles and I are getting excited. And maybe a little nervous. We’re eager for snow, hoping for a traverse, and praying the temperatures stay around fifteen to twenty degrees overnight. I mean, let’s be honest here. Who really wants to traverse forty miles of backcountry at night with frost-nipped fingers? In our last post, Niles introduced ourselves as twin brothers who work on the resort and spend fifty percent of our time training for ski-mountaineering races. As new ski-mountaineers, we still have many skills to learn, but I...

Tucker jumping in Teo Bowl.

Balancing School and Skiing with CBMR Athlete Tucker Vollbrecht

The sound of an alarm clock at 6:30AM comes as a surprise every time. In a sleepy daze it is tough to decipher if the alarm is going off so I wake up for class or get to the mountain on time. As a college student competing in the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) series, it’s fun to balance the two, although much more fun when I realize the alarm is because snow was forecasted to fall overnight.  

Balancing out competitive freeride skiing and academics can be tough at times. My school, Western State Colorado University (WSCU), has...

Epic Pass

Epic Pass Partnership Announcement

Dear Crested Butte Mountain Resort Community:

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is excited to announce our partnership with Vail Resort’s Epic Pass beginning with the 2018-2019 winter season.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort has entered into a new, multi-year winter season pass alliance with Vail Resorts. Crested Butte Peak Pass and Peak Pass Plus holders will receive unlimited 50% off daily lift tickets at all Vail Resorts-owned mountain resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia. This benefit does not extend to Vail’s partner resorts such as Arapahoe Basin and Telluride....

Couple walking in downtown Crested Butte

Tips and Tricks for a Night out in Crested Butte

Wondering what to do, where to go and how to make the most of your vacation in Crested Butte? Besides skiing or riding, there are several go-to activities and restaurants to visit while you’re here. We asked a couple of Crested Butte locals to suggest some personal tips and tricks for a night out. Read more to maximize your stay and blend in like a local.

$1 Slices at 3 pm

When we asked longtime local, Nick Catmur, about what to do outside of skiing, he suggests starting your evening at the Brown Lab for après ski and $1 pizza slices after 3 pm.

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2018 Spring Break in the Butte

Crested Butte Spring Break Round-Up

Nothing beats spring in Crested Butte. With a pep in our step, we whole heartedly welcome warmer days, soft turns, and patio beverages. With Spring Break around the corner we rounded-up some of the awesome activities, wacky costume events, creative outlets, and concerts, so you can squeeze every drop of Crested Butte spring goodness out of your getaway.

Music in the Butte

CB Unplugged I March 17
Check out the best FREE après concert on the mountain! On March 17 we welcome Chali 2na and The House of Vibe to Butte 66 at 4 pm, for a killer party in an...

Shred Salutations

Shred Salutations

Words by CBMR Athlete, Rob Vandervoort

I believe yoga is the single most effective form of snowboard conditioning. When I can dedicate enough time in my life to do at least a little bit of yoga each day, it helps reduce any back and neck pain and it makes me feel strong and athletic. Lastly, it gives me a sense of calm in life.

Yoga builds physical strength, especially in the core, hips and legs (great for snowboarding). Even more significant may be the mental strength that yoga encourages; it offers a moment to slow down from everyday life and let everything go. It also...

This Week In the Butte March 5 2018

This Week In the Butte March 5 2018

We have headed into March with exciting events and music! This week experience the magic of pairing food and wine, the musical phenomenon known as “looping”, or about the incredible history of Crested Butte!

Women’s Tips on Tuesdays I March 6
Come ski with like-minded women to get some ski tips, followed by tipping a glass of wine at our Umbrella Bar. This is a women’s specific session, which is guided by our top women pros. Sessions will go from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and will conclude with an après...

The Other Apres Ritual

The Other Apres Ritual

There’s nothing more rewarding, exhilarating and potentially exhausting then a day spent skiing or snowboarding. With 95 runs and 77% of terrain open, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is the ideal spot to spend all day out on the mountain.

The rush and reward of a day spent skiing is indisputable, but so is the work your muscles put in. A day on the mountain often calls for rewarding your taste buds with an après drink, but you should also reward your body with an après ski massage. Your quads, calves, glutes and back go through a tremendous workout while skiing and there’s no better...

A Novice's Experience: CBMR's Uphill Daytime Route

A Novice's Experience: CBMR's Uphill Daytime Route

I have been on the hunt for unique on-mountain experiences since I moved to Crested Butte. After doing some research, I found out that Daytime Uphill Routes are not common at a lot of ski areas and I wanted to see what CBMR’s was all about. An Uphill Route is a path you can skin or snowshoe on the mountain during the day (it is counter intuitive since there are lifts running that will swiftly take you to the top). But I decided to strap on my snowshoes and complete the Uphill Daytime Route to experience the exhilaration of something new!

First the disclaimers:

1. I am not in...

Full Moon Party

This Week In the Butte February 26 2018

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is rounding out February and entering March with several exciting events. Experience a full moon on the mountain with the Full Moon Party, watch talented riders and skiers at the Boardercross competition and check out CRAFTED the winter food and drink experience! 

Women's Tips on Tuesdays I February 27
Come ski with like-minded women to get some ski tips, followed by tipping a glass of wine at our Umbrella Bar. This is a women’s specific session, which is guided by our...

Avy Dog

Behind the Scenes: Life of an Avy Dog

 

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an Avalanche Dog is like? We caught up with one of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s fully trained Avalanche dogs, Guinness and his handler, Bill. Guinness is two year old chocolate Labrador retriever who works at Crested Butte Mountain Resort but, just like humans, he doesn’t work 24/7. While he’s not working, he’s a well-loved family pet. 

Guinness’s training starts with obedience training and playing tug a war, which they call ragging. This quickly became one of the most fun things in the world to him. Once that happened,...

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