Bringing a Little Grace to the Slopes
CBMR is proud to partner with Mountain Manners, a local educational campaign and advocacy group focused on teaching recreators proper outdoor etiquette. The initiative began as an education campaign surrounding Crested Butte’s famed Wildflower Festival, and the resort felt the message was just as important for winter. The campaign incorporates 10 “Manners,” of which you’ll find a shortened version detailed below, as a reminder that we can all be a little more gracious and kind to each other, and the environment.
Enjoy these fun, memorable tips aimed at helping everyone remember it’s cool to be kind.
We invite you to come and use our inbound mountain terrain, learn Mountain Manners and pass it on, so we can help do our part to protect what’s in- AND out-of-bounds. For the expanded version of CBMR’s winter-focused Mountain Manners, visit www.skicb.com/information/winter-mountain-manners.
MANNER #1: It’s Okay to Follow the Beaten Path
We ask that you take the road most traveled — even though Robert Frost might be disappointed. Stay within the ski resort boundaries and on designated trails.
MANNER #2: Scoop the Poop
No. 2 is becoming our No. 1 issue. You’re welcome to bring your dog uphill skiing (before 9 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.; dogs must be kept on a leash or under verbal control), but please remember to pack everything out — including Daisy’s doo doo.
MANNER #3: Speak Up
If you see someone not minding their manners, don’t be afraid to start a respectful conversation.
MANNER #4: Cache the Car
Road degradation, fumes from vehicles, and noise pollution all put stress on the environment. Instead try to walk, pedal, or take the free Mountain Express buses to get from here to there.
MANNER #5: Use the Rule of Thumb
It’s fairly likely you might spot a fox, coyote, deer or elk when visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort. When there's an animal in the distance, are you far enough away so you can close one eye and cover the entire creature with your thumb? If not, you’re too close!
MANNER #6: Be a Good Role Model
Be the good, in life as well as on the slopes. Be a good role model on the slopes by going slow in the slow zones, merging correctly at the lift line (alternate!), yielding to the downhill skier and letting people know which way you’re heading when you get off the lift to prevent collisions.
MANNER #7: Put Smiles in Everyone’s Miles
Be kind and courteous to all on the slopes, even those who aren’t necessarily minding their manners! Diffuse skier or rider rage with a big smile and a kind word.
MANNER #8: Gather Garbage for Good
Get rid of litter even when it isn’t yours! Trashy areas make for poor pictures and an unhealthy ecosystem.
MANNER #9: Reduce Your Footprint, Wherever You Lay Your Head
No matter if you’re visiting or if you’re lucky enough to live here, do your part to reduce your footprint wherever you lay your head. Turn off lights, lower the heat when you’re away, switch off your fireplace when you’re done, and conserve water. On that note, Colorado’s tap water is delicious for drinking so save money AND the environment and buy a reusable water bottle instead of plastic disposables.
MANNER #10: Don’t Mess With (Mother) Nature
Help keep this area pristine. We ask that you don’t take nature with you and that you don’t alter the landscape for your own pleasure.
Cultivating a Culture of Learning
Crested Butte Mountain Resort continues to look for ways to improve the guest experience and encourage more people — young and old — to try our favorite outdoor activities: skiing and snowboarding. To that end, we’ve been busy over the summer improving CBMR’s learning area. Crews have re-graded the teaching terrain at the base to be more beginner-friendly, and re-oriented and extended one of our beginner magic carpets to take advantage of the new terrain topography. These gentle beginner slopes are the perfect spot for newbies to gain the foundational skills and confidence sure to spur a long love affair with the sport.
To that end, CBMR offers a top notch learn to ski and snowboard program. Our Camp CB Ski and Snowboard School offers programs for children as young as 3 years old up to a Teen Program for 13-17 year olds looking for technical and tactical coaching for even the most extreme areas.
Never-ever adults (we high-five you!) can take a first day Adult Beginner Adventure Lesson, specifically designed to help novice skiers and riders get the basics dialed, including equipment 101 and learning the skills needed to tackle green runs. Adult Group Ski and Snowboard Lessons are available for ability levels 2 (learn to turn) through 9 (tackle the steeps), with a focus on moving you to the next level.
There are also two quintessentially Crested Butte options for advanced skiers looking to push themselves this season. Join our CB Steep Guides and get an expert introduction to CBMR’s famed extreme terrain. Or, try Butte Camp, led by PSIA National Team Member and CBMR Ski Instructor Dustin Dyar – one of the top ski instructors in the U.S. This two-day camp starts with a First Tracks early lift load prior to opening at 8 a.m., and continues with technical and tactical coaching on the resort’s heralded Double Black Diamond terrain found off CBMR’s T-Bar. Dates for the 2017-2018 season are Feb. 21-22.
CBMR’s Extreme Limits terrain is App-Worthy
Check out Crested Butte's new CB Extreme App. The app has free maps to guide you through the 542 acres of Extreme Limits terrain at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Every crevice, rock, and tree on this vast mountain has some sort of name, official or not. CB Extreme will ensure that you never get lost.
Winter Olympics Mania Strikes at CBMR
Colorado is home to a host of winter Olympians, and two of them call Crested Butte home.
Wendy Fisher, one of CBMR’s ambassadors, offers lessons at the resort during each winter season. Fisher is an icon in the sport of big mountain freeskiing, and in addition to a very successful film career, Fisher competed at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, won the 1991 U.S. Nationals overall and took home two Extreme Freeskiing world titles. CBMR’s Ski With Olympian Wendy Fisher options include private sessions throughout the season, as well as 2.5-hour Wednesday ski clinics for intermediate and advanced skiers on specific dates (TBA). Details at www.skicb.com/lessons-rentals/lessons-olympian-wendy-fisher.
American Freestyle Skier, Olympian (Sochi) and CBMR athlete and ambassador Aaron Blunck competes in Men’s Ski Halfpipe and hopes to compete at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics as a member of the U.S. Freestyle Team; this would be his second Winter Games appearance. Blunck, who first skied at CBMR when he was 18 months old, and whose Austrian grandfather founded the resort’s ski school, enjoyed a spectacular 2017 season, highlighted by a men’s superpipe gold medal at the 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen and a 2017 World Championships gold medal.
Kids 12 and Under Really Do Ski Free – No Strings Attached
Nobody loves kids like Crested Butte. All kids ages 12 and under visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) Nov. 23 – Dec. 15, 2017 and April 1 – 8, 2018 ski or ride for free. No strings attached, no parent ticket required, no lodging stay required, no advance reservations, no purchase of a bottle of wine (though it’s not a bad idea), just a good ole free ticket for the littlest rippers. We’re also proud to say, kids ages six and under ski free at CBMR all season long.
What’s more, Crested Butte Nordic offers children’s day and season passes, plus rental equipment, free for kids 17 and under. Children’s lessons are discounted 20%, as well. CB Nordic offers over 50 kilometers of meticulously groomed trails around the town of Crested Butte, as well as complete ski and snowshoe rental packages, and private and group lessons. Don’t miss CB Nordic’s Magic Meadows Yurt dinners this winter.
Skiing to the M.A.X. (Pass)
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is once again part of the M.A.X. Pass, originally created by Intrawest, Powdr and Boyne Resorts. Six new partner resorts have joined for the 2017-2018 ski and snowboard season, bringing the grand total of participating North American resorts to 44!
Skiers that have purchased a qualifying season pass at Crested Butte, like the Peak Pass and Peak Pass Plus, are eligible to purchase the M.A.X. Pass Add-on for only $329 for adults, $279 for teens (ages 13-17), $229 for youth (ages 6-12), and $39 for children (5 and under). Rates increase by $50 after Oct. 9. The M.A.X. Pass Add-on provides five days of skiing/riding at each of the other participating resorts, except those previously accessible with the qualifying season pass. That means an additional 215 days on the slopes (#lifegoals) with no blackout dates. For more information, visit www.theMAXpass.com.
Alternative Dinner Transportation
Sometimes the journey is the highlight to an exploration. That’s certainly the case with these three out-of-the-ordinary dining options in Crested Butte:
1. For a fine dining experience with a mountain adventure as the first course, journey to Uley’s Cabin. On Wednesday through Sunday evenings, guests meet at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square and then ride a snow-cat driven sleigh to the cabin where a five-course feast awaits. The cost is $110 per person (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, which are additional), and includes the prix fixe dinner and the scenic sleigh ride; alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations (online via Open Table or by calling 970-349-2275 in the winter) required for dinner and recommended for lunch.
2. The Full Moon parties (set for Jan. 1 and 31, March 1 and 31, 2018 and subject to change), held at The Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks, allow participants to work for their wine, skinning or snowshoeing up the mountain before enjoying a buffet dinner and a complimentary glass of wine or beer (additional beverages are available to purchase). Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased at the Adventure Center or online at www.skicb.com at least three days in advance. For reservations within three days of the event, please call 970-349-2211 or visit the Adventure Center.
3. 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 meal that includes entrée options like beef tenderloin, roasted boneless quail or olive oil-seared salmon, all prepared by noted chef Tim Egelhoff. The cost is $135 for adults or $85 for children and includes trail passes, equipment rentals, guides, a five-course dinner, live music and libations. Visithttps://cbnordic.org/ for a list of available dates and to make a reservation.
Winter Zipline Tours
Zipline tours aren’t just for summer. At Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), they’re a year-round adventure. The guided tour at CBMR includes five ziplines ranging in length from 120 to 400 feet and connected by suspended wooden bridges and towering platforms. CBMR Zipline Tours are one-and-a-half to two hours long and cost is $66 at the ticket window, or $61 with a five-day advance reservation (reservations must be made at the ticket window or via telephone – no online reservations available). For reservations stop by the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square or call 970-349-2211. Minimum weight is 70 lbs.; maximum weight is 250 lbs.
Pizza in Paradise
In honor of the eight slices in the (typical) pie, we’ve compiled our top eight pies to sample in Crested Butte (according to our in-house tasters):
1. The Notorious F.I.G., Secret Stash: With its stellar combination of three types of cheese, thinly sliced prosciutto, dried black mission figs and a drizzle of truffle oil, it’s no wonder this ‘za won the World Champion Pizza Challenge.
2. The Woodstock, The WoodStone Grille, CBMR: A vegetarian pie for the finest in all of us. Pesto, olive oil, spinach, roma tomato, artichoke heart, red onion, capers and cremini mushrooms top the mozzarella-fontina cheese blend on this delightful flatbread-esque pizza.
3. The Gunny Trail, Mikey’s Pizza: New York style pizza has moved west via the Gunny Trail. Speaking of trails, once you’re done on the slopes, the delicious blend of an Alfredo-ricotta base, arugula, bacon and veggies will refuel you for your next adventure.
4. The Chicken BBK, Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub: A little spice, a little sweet and a little “that’s not meant to be here.” This large-and-in-charge pie offers a big blend of jalapeno, pineapple, onion rings, cheddar and chicken with a barbecue sauce drizzle atop traditional red sauce.
5. The wood-fired pizza, Paradise on Crested Butte, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR): CBMR’s newest culinary addition is the pizza oven at Paradise on Crested Butte. Whether you’re chasing powder stashes or little rippers, a quick wood-fired pizza will not only warm you up but also ensure you can stay out until final chair.
6. The Hamptons, Secret Stash: A local favorite for its light and summery taste, The Hamptons is a hit even in the winter months with its olive oil base, mozzarella, prosciutto, lemon pepper crust and a garnish of arugula and shaved Parmesan.
7. The Cheese pizza, Spellbound, CBMR: When the kids get to decide, they vote Spellbound for some of the cheesiest pizza in town. Grab a full pie or a slice and be back on your way to adventure.
8. The Buddha’s Belly, Secret Stash: A wild blend of flavors that takes your love of pizza and Thai food and marries them into one. The Buddha’s Belly comes with a choice of chicken, shrimp or tofu atop a Thai peanut and coconut curry base, with mozzarella, sesame crust, broccoli, red onion, bell pepper and cilantro, finished with sweet Thai chili sauce, pickled carrots, and of course, chopped peanuts.
Fat Bike World Championships
The 3rd Annual Fat Bike World Championships presented by Upslope Brewing Company are slated for January 24-28, 2018. Registration is open now. For information visit http://www.cbchamber.com/events/fat-bike/.
Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town Is Calling
CBMR is a not a mega-resort. You won’t see fur coats on Elk Avenue (unless you’ve spotted a fox of the four-legged variety). The storefronts tend toward boutique rather than designer. And, you’ll find that a Crested Butte ski vacation won’t break the bank.
We’re committed to keeping Crested Butte affordable, attainable, and definitely funky. We’re lucky. Our location off-the-beaten-path may be a little tougher to reach, and that’s OK with us. It helps us maintain our charm, and, it means we’re still one of Colorado’s last great ski resorts.
So, remember, oftentimes the joy is in the journey. If you can’t find a direct flight, give thanks; it translates to shorter lift lines and more space on the trails for you. Perhaps your fellow ski enthusiast chose an easier-to-reach destination. Poor soul.
This season, CBMR has three nonstop flights into nearby Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC), including Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) on American Airlines, and Denver (DEN) and Houston (IAH) on United. Aircraft servicing GUC arrivals and departures includes the larger Airbus 319s and ERJ 175s, increasing take off and landing dependability in challenging weather situations. Denver International Airport (DIA), a 4.5-hour drive from Crested Butte, services flights from all over the country and the world. Shuttle service and rental cars are available from both airports.