Crested Butte opens floodgates to world class skiing with easy air travel

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 22, 2010 10:18 am

Dive a little deeper this season with Crested Butte

If you haven’t yet journeyed to Colorado’s crown jewel ski resort, Crested Butte, then you simply must make a visit to the “Butte” a top priority on your ski list for the upcoming 2010-11 season, as there has never been a better time to experience the historic ski town.

The National Ski Area Association award-winning Crested Butte has added several travel options for this year that make a trip to the resort a no-brainer with direct, non-stop flights into the Gunnison/Crested Butte (GUC) Airport from several major cities across the country. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) offers air service for the 2010-2011 winter season on three major carriers, including American Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines, with flights from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH) and Denver (DEN). Through each carrier’s extensive flight network guests can get to Crested Butte from anywhere in the world.

One of the many giant fans of Crested Butte is IMG agent Mark Ervin who lived in Crested Butte from age 4 to 18.  Ervin was a ski racer who now represents the winningest skier in the history of the sport, Lindsey Vonn.  “There just could not have been a better place to grow up,” said Ervin.  “It is clearly one of the best ski hills in the states if not the world and the town is absolutely beautiful.  The people make the place special because they are so hospitable.  And, there is an authenticity at Crested Butte that is unrivaled.”

Besides offering a plethora of flight options, CBMR has made air travel very affordable with their Friends & Family Fly Free offer. The special deal allows those traveling by air to the Gunnison/Crested Butte airport to earn a free airline ticket when buy two airline tickets when staying in CBMR lodging. Simply book a four-night stay or longer to be eligible for this incredible rate.

So unless you want to miss out on the big powder dumps that the “Butte” is famed for, might this writer suggest you immediately book your vacation now.

Flights to the resort this season:

United Airlines flights between Denver and Gunnison/Crested Butte run throughout the year. New flights from Houston on Continental, and Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines begin in mid-December 2010 and continue through early April 2011.

The Gunnison/Crested Butte airport is located just a stone’s throw from Crested Butte in Gunnison, Colo. and features a hassle-free, relaxing travel alternative to Colorado’s larger airports. Crested Butte is an easy 30-minute drive from the GUC airport and plenty of shuttle services and car rental options are available.

Besides just Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport, The Montrose Regional Airport offers another easy alternative to driving from one of the state’s larger airports. Montrose is located just one and one-half hours from Crested Butte and the airport hosts direct, non-stop flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and Phoenix. Additionally, shuttle service and car rentals are also available from the Montrose Regional Airport.

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