Press Releases


November 06, 2013


MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – OCT. 29 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort continues to focus on the skiing experience for guests as they plan upgrades for the 2013-2014 winter ski season. In addition to a new direct, non-stop flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Gunnison-Crested Butte, the resort has worked throughout the summer to cut down some trees for better skiing in areas around the mountain for adults and kids alike. After a long day of skiing, instead of an après cocktail, try one of the new hot and delicious waffles from the Waffle Cabin in the base area. And that just gives you a taste of what’s happening on the slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort this season!

Here are the details on everything new at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for the 2013-2014 winter season:

Glading Trees in the East River area

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is putting forth efforts to improve its gladed skiing by removing trees in the East River lift area. Tree cutting has taken place between the current trails of Double Top and Black Eagle. Crews have created an optimal intermediate tree skiing area, with over 10 acres and 1,750 feet in length, especially for those looking to improve their tree-skiing skills without the intimidation of tight trees.

Kids Trails

Being a kid on the slopes in Crested Butte just got a little cooler. This summer, crews will be cutting three new kid-specific trails in the Painter Boy area, off the current trial, Topsy Turvy. These trails will be about the width of a grooming machine and wind through the trees to give kids a “forest-like” experience.

In addition, crews will eventually be creating building facades to replicate buildings on the town’s main street, Elk Avenue. While the buildings won’t be done in time for opening day, crews are hoping to build and install them throughout the winter months.

Waffle Cabin

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is the first in the west to bring golden delicious hand-snack Belgium sugar waffles to the slopes. Waffle Cabin is an incredibly popular slopeside snack among eastern resorts. Through partnerships with a sister resort in Vermont, Crested Butte Mountain Resort has been able to seal a deal with the operators and bakers of these highly addictive, sugary treat. The cabin will be located next to the guest service hut in the base area. Visit for more information on the Waffle Cabin company.

New Direct Non-stop Flight from Chicago (ORD) to Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC)

In addition to direct, non-stop flights from Denver International Airport, Dallas-Fortworth International Airport, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston TX, the Gunnison Crested-Butte Regional airport is adding another option for travelers this season, making the destination even more accessible. Running 10 Saturdays throughout the winter months, United Airlines will be flying passengers direct from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Flights will take place on December 21 and 28, January 4, February 15 and 22, and March 1, 8, 15, and 22. The flight schedule has the aircraft landing into Gunnison-Crested Butte at 11:40 a.m. allowing passengers to get to the slopes in time for a few afternoon ski runs.

Given this opportunity, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering a free half-day ticket for all Chicago flight passengers on the day of their flight, if they bring their ID and boarding pass stub to the Adventure Center at the resort, on their date of arrival.

On top of all the improvements for the season, the resort has just launched their new website and logo. Visit to check it out and for plenty more information on things to do in Crested Butte and ways to get some great deals on a winter ski vacation.

About Crested Butte:

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.

For more information about Crested Butte's lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (800) 600-2803 or visit the web site at For information on ski area real estate opportunities call (970) 349-4999 or (877) 805-6109 or visit the website at


Media Contact:
Erica Mueller

Director of Innovations and Relations
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
970-349-2205 (office)


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