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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.
- It's Okay to Follow the Beaten Path
- Scoop the Poop
- Speak Up
- Cache the Car
- Use the Rule of Thumb
- Be a Good Role Model
- Put Smiles in Everyone's Miles
- Gather Garbage for Good
- Reduce Your Footprint, Wherever You Lay Your Head
- Don't Mess With (Mother) Nature
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 http://www.skicb.com/lessons-rentals/lessons-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.
How to Raise a Mountain Kid
Hoping to raise a mountain loving kiddo? CBMR has programming designed to introduce the littlest adventurers to the greatness of the outdoors.
Raising a Mountain Adventurer
The ultimate summer day camp, Mountain Adventures at CBMR, includes river rafting, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), fly-fishing, canoeing, climbing, archery, hiking, swimming, biking and more for kids ages 7-14. Mountain Adventures practices Leave-No-Trace ethics and Challenge-By-Choice learning. Mountain Adventures also offers a series of girls-only mountain biking programs throughout the summer.
Raising a Biker
Want to teach your kids to love biking as much as you do? Take them to Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Evolution Bike Park. Just as most people put their kids in ski/snowboard lessons to get them started and then take over, we recommend a similar plan of attack for mountain biking (especially downhill). With great beginner trails, a pump track that’s perfect for getting littles comfortable on varied terrain and talented instructors — ski instructors who do double duty as bike guides in the summer — Crested Butte is the perfect spot for your children to fall in love with a new, healthy hobby and learn valuable skills.
Raising a Hiker
Kids love Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Guided Hikes, and parents who want to raise lifelong learners do too. The knowledge the guides share is sure to give your littles a new appreciation for Colorado’s flora and fauna. There are three Guided Hike options from which to choose.
- The Family Adventure Guided Hike (for up to five people) is perfectly suited for the littlest hikers since you ride to the top of the Red Lady Lift before taking a meandering, mostly downhill hike that passes through beautiful wildflowers, aspen and evergreen groves.
- The Family Summit Hike is a more challenging option, great for tweens and teens. Along with learning about the wonders of the fragile, high-alpine environment, they’ll get a chance to hike to the summit of famed Crested Butte Mountain.
- An experienced Wildflower Festival guide leads the one-mile Wildflowers of Crested Butte Mountain Resort Hike. Learn about the abundant blooms you can find in the Wildflower Capital of Colorado.
Come For Winter, Stay For Summer
Many people think of Colorado as a winter wonderland with plentiful snow for skiers and snowboarders. While that’s quite true, what people may not know is that Colorado is just as beautiful during the summer months. As the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte doesn’t shy away from beauty and post-card worthy scenery. This small mountain town at the end of the road, is surrounded by 1.7 million acres of National Forest, offering visitors and locals alike with innumerable adventures to be had. With the dramatic scenery of Paradise Divide, rolling hills dotted with flowers of every color, and the charm of downtown Crested Butte, it is truly “paradise found.”
The Gunnison Valley is home to over 750 miles of single-track and some of the most talked about trails in the world. It is a mountain biker’s backyard heaven. MTBhome.com is a great place to get acquainted with the cross country trails throughout the valley. If you would rather stick closer to home than venture out and explore, check out the Evolution Bike Park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The park serves over 30 miles of lift-served cross-country and downhill tracks for all abilities. There is everything from wide, flowy tracks for beginners to steep rock gardens and more technical descents for the experts. The Evolution Bike Park also offers lessons for all abilities and has a wide range of bikes for all sizes and types of riding.
Wildflower Capital of Colorado
Crested Butte was named the Wildflower Capital of Colorado by the Colorado State Legislature in 1991. Flowers bloom from May until September, however the peak time is July, during the annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival July 11-24. The Wildflower Festivals hosts an array of wildflower-centric activities from classes, to 4x4 tours, to edible offerings, and so much more. CBMR partners with the Wildflower Festival and hosts guided wildflower hikes for all abilities on the ski resort throughout the entire summer.
Family-Friendly Mountain Town
With the small town feel, the Adventure Park at CBMR, the Trailhead Children’s Museum, the centralized base area, kid friendly programs and the varied difficulty of biking and hiking, CB is the best place for a family vacation. The Adventure Park offers mini golf, a Coke-Zero Gravity Bagjump, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, and the Tin Cup Mining Co. The Trailhead Museum offers hands-on exhibits and is located in the base area open Wednesdays-Sundays. Camp CB and Mountain Adventures take kids on adventures around the Gunnison Valley and allow the parents to go off and explore CB on their own. The kids will have so much fun they won’t want to leave at the end of the day. For the independent kids who want to venture away from the parents, the centralized base area is great. At the end of the day everything comes together. Plus, with the free town bus running every 20 minutes they can even go between town and the mountain easily for some added exploration.
A Foodie's Paradise
Crested Butte may be a small town, but the plethora of culinary options makes it the perfect place to explore a variety of food genres with over 50 restaurants and no franchises. Besides food, Crested Butte is home to Montanya Distillers, whose rum has not only won numerous awards, but was also voted the best white rum in the world in 2015 at the World Rum Awards. In addition to all the town offerings, CBMR is hosting Full Moon dinner parties at the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks this summer, the newest culinary outlet on the mountain, situated among the wildflowers overlooking 360 degree views.
The Adventurous Soul
For the adventurer, Crested Butte is the perfect place to exhilarate oneself in winter or summer. With the lift served challenging downhill mountain biking, massive amounts of cross-country trails, lots of mountain peaks to summit, rafting, and rock climbing guests won’t run out of things to do. Plus, for those looking for a completely unique mountaineering experience that is typically only found in the European Alps and comparable to Chamonix’s famed Cosmiques Arete, check out the ‘Guide Ridge’ Climb on Mt. Crested Butte with Irwin Guides. Experience the thrill, exposure, challenge, and beauty of this technical climb, yet not too difficult route to the top of Crested Butte’s most iconic peak. This tour is offered both summer and winter.