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February 28, 2017

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Instructor First to Win National Award
Rachel Hartman Honored with Top of the Course Award


MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – February 28 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort is proud to announce instructor Rachel Hartman was recently honored with a national award from The Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). Hartman is the first-ever winner of the Top of the Course Award. This new award is given out to PSIA members who score in the highest percentile of skiing/snowboarding, teaching, technical knowledge, and who demonstrate exemplary willingness and ability to empower others to achieve success.

“PSIA has inspired me to push my limits to new heights and make the butterflies in my stomach fly in formation,” Hartman said. “I love sharing the passion [for skiing and instructing] with other members and passing it along to my guests. I am honored to receive this award, and can’t wait to see where else skiing can take me.” 

Rachel grew up as an aspiring alpine ski racer in Alaska, collecting a gold medal at the Arctic Winter Games. All along, it was her goal to move to Colorado to become a ski instructor, and she is now in her fifth season as an instructor at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

“Year after year, the talent and passion of our Ski & Ride School Instructors continue to impress me,” exclaims Erica Mueller, Vice President of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. “With Dusty Dyar qualifying for the PSIA National Demo Team last spring and now Rachel Hartman receiving this award from her PSIA level III examiners, the resort couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments and what they bring as role models to the rest of the team.”

For guests interested in improving their skiing or riding, or for first-timers who want to pick up a new sport, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers a wide range of lessons tailored to all ages and ability levels. By featuring some of the nation’s top ski instructors and emphasizing small class sizes, CBMR’s Ski and Ride School sets itself apart from other programs ensuring that participants get the most out of their day on the slopes. 

To inquire about lessons, instructor availability and rates, guests may contact our Skier Services Department at 970-349-2211. With fresh snow and sunny days in the forecast, there is no better time to Inspire Your Passion.

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, (844) 993-9545 or visit the web site at 



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