Crested Butte comes out with their top 5 reasons to come there this winter

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on October 2, 2009 7:30 pm

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado this Winter
Offering an unmatched spirit, outdoor paradise and vacation values
 
GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (October 2, 2009) — When shelling out your hard-earned cash for a vacation, you want it to be memorable. Here’s five great reasons to visit, along with some wallet-friendly deals.
 
1. The skiing & snowboarding rock
Inspire your passion for adventure on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s legendary extreme terrain or get your fill on beginner to advanced slopes that cover 1,167 acres and include 121 trails. Try some tricks at the intermediate terrain park or on the legendary superpipe and the latest features at the DC Terrain Park. Or enjoy the more than 95K of Nordic trails groomed by the Crested Butte Nordic Center and the Gunnison Nordic Club. Go on your own or with a guide to try something new or hit some secret powder stashes. Visit www.skicb.com, www.cbnordic.org and www.gunnisonnordic.net.
 
2. Drink in the atmosphere & culture
The Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley is known for its fun, free-spirited events and diverse cultural opportunities. The Alley Loop Nordic marathon, U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, ArtWalk Evenings, Elk Mountains Grand Traverse (Crested Butte to Aspen), Night of Lights, Flauschink and many other events throughout the winter and spring keep the atmosphere lively. The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Gunnison Arts Center and Crested Butte Mountain Theatre keep the arts and history hot during snowy days. Go to www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com for a calendar of events and list of things to do.
 
3. Stroll Elk Avenue in Crested Butte
Crested Butte’s downtown district is big on charm with colorful historic buildings and a great vibe with people bench sitting and mingling around to locally owned, one-of-a-kind retailers, eateries, outfitters and service businesses. Much of Crested Butte was placed on the National Register for Historic Place in 1974, before it was a cool thing to do. In fact, Crested Butte was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” list in 2008.
 
4. Soak in some solitude in the woods
There is nothing quite like the freedom of being pulled by a team of dogs in the thick of stunning mountain terrain capped with snow. Dog sledding with Lucky Cat Dog Farm is one of those lifetime experiences not to be missed. Visit www.luckycatdogfarm.com for details.
Join the Crested Butte Nordic Center on a Full Moon “Dinner at the Yurt” Ski & Snowshoe Tour to Magic Meadows on Jan. 30, Feb. 28 or March 30. The gourmet dinners are prepared by Maxwell’s Steakhouse and begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per person, which includes a trail pass and equipment rentals. Go to www.cbnordic.org for information or call (970) 349-1707.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers daily snowshoe tours with a guide at 9:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Snowshoes, poles, water, a light snack and a lift ride are included in the cost for the two-mile outing, which is primarily flat or downhill. During Moonlight Snowshoe Tours on Dec. 31, Jan. 30, Feb. 28 and March 30, enjoy the thrill of riding in a snowcat to the top of the Red Lady Express Lift and snowshoe the moonlit mountain trails back to the base area. For information, costs and reservations, call the Adventure Center listed above.

Enjoy a scenic, horse-drawn sleigh ride with Lazy F Bar Ranch to a rustic 1950s cabin overlooking the East River south of Crested Butte and indulge in a five-course meal that most importantly includes five kinds of homemade desserts. Visit www.lazyfbarranch.com or call (970) 641-0193.

5. Create magical moments during the holidays
There is merrymaking and fun for all ages with a holiday fashion show, Sugar Plum Festival and Thanksgiving Training Camp (Nordic skiing) in November before the kickoff of December festivities such as Gunnison’s Night of Lights, Crested Butte’s Light Up Night & Holiday Parade, and Crested Butte Mountain Theatre’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street.” There’s also a full slate of New Year’s Eve celebrating in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte with moonlight Nordic skiing and snowshoe tours, ArtWalk Evening, Frozen Buns 5K Resolution Run, and a torchlight parade and fireworks on the ski slopes.
 
Gunnison-Crested Butte also is the place to enjoy romance in the Rockies during Valentine’s Week with several activities such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to Valentine’s Day brunch at the Magic Meadows yurt and chocolate-making classes. In fact, Crested Butte has been identified as one of the most romantic ski resorts in the West by Ski Snowboard America & Canada.
 
Wallet-Friendly Vacations
One of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) most popular offers, Friends & Family Fly Free, is back for an encore between Dec. 17, 2009 – April 4, 2010. Book a Crested Butte vacation for three or more people and every third airline ticket is free. Even better, Friends & Family Fly Free features direct flights into the Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport (GUC) on American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Maximum travel credit is $450 per free airline ticket and each reservation is limited to three free airline tickets. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. Call (877) 326-1467 or visit www.skicb.com to learn more or to book a getaway.
 
Have new ski gear and can’t wait until spring break to break it in?  Stay at any one of the Bed and Breakfasts of Crested Butte for two nights and ski two days anytime during Jan. 4 -14, 2010, for only $135 per person per night. Book before Christmas Day and receive an additional 10 percent off your stay. All prices are per person, per night and based on availability and minimum occupancy and subject to change.  They cannot be combined with any other specials or packages.  Offer valid at the Elizabeth Anne Bed and Breakfast, Purple Mountain Bed and Breakfast, and The Ruby of Crested Butte.  Additional nights and equipment rentals are available at a discount with purchase.  For more details or to book this special, visit www.CrestedButteBedandBreakfasts.com.

Stay at the Nordic Inn, Mt. Crested Butte’s “Friendly Little Family-Owned Lodge,” and plug into several winter deals on accommodations. The Nordic Inn offers accommodations ranging from rooms with one queen or king bed to a small chalet that sleeps six and a large chalet that sleeps eight. The offers are based on a three-night minimum, single/double occupancy (additional guests are $10 each), and dependent on room type selection.  Purchase of ski lift tickets is required for package pricing. For details, call (800) 542-7669 or go to www.nordicinncb.com 
Christmas Present (12/17 – 21/25/2009) – from $95 – 180.
Holiday Happenings (21/26/2009 – 1/2/2010) – from $138 – 326
Winter Playtime (1/3 – 2/11/2010) – from $95 – 282
Midseason Fling (2/12 – 3/12/2010) – from $129 – 316
Sunscreen Required (3/28 – 4/3/2010) – from $95 – 282
Visitor Information & Personalized Vacation Packages
To find out more about Gunnison County or to book personalized vacation packages, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free line, (800) 814-8893, or visit www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com. Find the Tourism Association on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gcbta or follow us on www.twitter.com/gcbta.
 
The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is served year-round by United Airlines with flights from Denver and during the winter season by American Airlines with direct flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago and Delta Air Lines with direct flights from Salt Lake City and Atlanta.

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