Crested Butte adds snowmaking, ski trails, terrain parks, lodge facilities for 2010-11 season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 24, 2010 10:05 am

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has worked tirelessly this summer to enhance their ski and snowboard operations for the 2010-11 season and now the resort has announced some of the mountain improvements and capital projects CBMR has geared up for the upcoming winter. With CBMR already seeing a dusting of snow recently, the season looks exceptionally promising at the “Butte.” Factor in the increasingly easy access of air travel to Gunnison/Crested Butte airport, the bevy of resort packages, and exceptional ski terrain; Crested Butte will rock your ski experience this year as the resort prepares to celebrate 50 years of skiing.

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“We’ve given detailed thought to our terrain and on-mountain amenities and how the mountain is laid out,” said Ken Stone, COO of CBMR. “Our goal going into the 2010-2011 season is to maximize our assets. To accomplish that objective we’ve reconfigured things a bit, freeing up additional intermediate terrain in the process.”

Picture Right: Crested Butte’s extreme terrain reputation is infamous – but 80% of the terrain is actually beginner/intermediate. New improvements are set to offer up even more to those not named Seth Morrison.

While Crested Butte is legend for its exceptional terrain that challenges even the most seasoned of rippers, the resort is also prepared to offer some easier terrain this upcoming season. Crews are glading Horseshoe Springs – expanding tree-skiing options and, as a result, adding more intermediate terrain to the resort’s tally.

For the aspiring Winter X Games athletes, CBMR also introduces the new Gold Link Terrain Park and Superpipe for the 2010-2011 season. By relocating the resort’s largest park and pipe, crews have created a complete freestyle park pod off the Painter Boy and Goldlink lifts. This translates to a literal playground for the park enthusiast, highlighted by the ability to progress from one park – and one feature size – to the next. The Cascade location also is ideal for larger park features, offering a consistent fall line for the jib park and half pipe. Cascade is blessed with good afternoon light, allowing for better visibility, and its proximity to mountain operations headquarters means snowcat operators have easier access and more time for preening features. The new location also leaves crews hopeful for delivery of a constructed half pipe in time for the Christmas holiday, thanks to the park’s location along the main water feed pipe for the mountain’s snowmaking system.

With these mindful improvements and reconfigurations skiers and riders at CBMR gain back two full-length trails in the resort’s best existing intermediate pod. Another notable terrain addition on the mountain is the new NASTAR race arena located on the Canaan trail just above the Paradise Warming House.

Guests to CBMR also will note increased snowmaking capabilities resulting in earlier terrain openings and a better late season base. Increased snowmaking at the base area will allow for Peachtree beginners lift and the Camp CB teaching area and magic carpets to open on the first day of the season. And, the resort is eager to utilize its $40,000 NSAA grant, which translates to 10 new high efficiency tower guns.

Crested Butte also has some exciting off-the-slopes improvements up its sleeve for the new ski season. Guests will be treated to $400,000 in improvements and enhancements to the Treasury Center base lodge. The area will now include more seating and expanded skier services, such as lockers and bathrooms. Butte 66, a popular choice for lunch and après ski, will also benefit from extensive renovations, and the Spellbound Pizza Company will move to a new location on the remodeled third floor of the Treasury Building.

In addition, CBMR has added a new activity to the existing Adventure Park, and relocated the Trailhead Children’s Discovery Museum to the Outpost Building – now open year-round. The Adventure Park line-up now includes mini golf during the summer season in addition to the bungee trampolines and climbing tower, which are open year-round. The Flying Gopher 18 hole mini golf course is located under a weatherproof dome, which will convert to an ice skating rink during the winter season. The Trailhead Children’s Museum features playful adventure, art, science and discovery for young children and parents throughout the year, including special events and programs. The museum’s new location at the base of the mountain makes for easy access and provides yet another great option for family fun.

To make these mountain improvements more accessible to all visitors, Crested Butte has announced several deals to sweeten the resort experience:

50/50 Package – Celebrating 50 Years of Skiing: November 23 – December 16, 2010

In celebration of 50 years of skiing and riding in Crested Butte, CBMR has created a 50/50 package, featuring 50 percent off lift tickets and $50 per person, per night for lodging. The 50/50 package is available from November 23 to December 16, 2010 (check out Dec. 17). The 50 percent discount on lift tickets is only available with lodging package. Call 800-600-2803 for information or reservations.

Friends & Family Fly Free: All Season Long -Subject to Availability

One of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) most popular offers, Friends & Family Fly Free, is back for an encore. 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 Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport (GUC) on American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Maximum travel credit is $400 per free airline ticket and each reservation is limited to three free airline tickets. Subject to availability. Call 800-600-2803 to learn more or to book a Crested Butte getaway.

The Grandest Christmas: December 17 – December 25, 2010

Imagine spending your Christmas morning taking in the town of Crested Butte

A holiday ski vacation for under a grand? It’s true! Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) Grandest Christmas package returns featuring four nights of lodging at The Grand Lodge Hotel, and three days of skiing or riding at CBMR for a family of four, for under $1,000. The Grand Lodge is located just 200 yards from the chairlift making first tracks on Christmas morning a definite possibility. CBMR’s Grandest Christmas package must be booked by December 17, 2010 for travel from December 17 through December 25, 2010 (check-out on December 26, 2010). Price is subject to availability and has been quoted prior to all fees, taxes and optional travel protection. The Grandest Christmas package is available exclusively through Crested Butte Vacations: 800-600-2803.