Crested Butte hosts new gay ski week

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 7, 2011 8:39 am

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), in conjunction with StraightOut Media & Marketing and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, is gearing up to host its inaugural gay skiing event: “Butte 11: Matthew Shepard Foundation Gay Ski Week,” March 19 – 26, 2011 – the only spring event of its kind in Colorado. The weeklong celebration features an incredibly comprehensive itinerary, including après ski tubing, a “Shoot the Butte” pub crawl, the Splash Pool Party, ski hook ups, opportunities to learn more about the education, advocacy and awareness work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the chance to check out O.A.R. at the inaugural FestEVOL (pronounced Fest-ee-vuhl) event on March. 26.

 

“We are all looking forward to this event,” said Daren Cole, vice president of sales and marketing for CBMR. “The timing is perfect for a sunny spring getaway and we hope our event guests will be awed by all that Crested Butte has to offer.”

 

In addition to a well-rounded event schedule, Butte 11 also allows participants to give back to the Matthew Shepard Foundation; a percentage of lodging and lift revenue generated through the event will be donated to the Foundation.

 

“This new event provides the perfect vehicle for communicating the education, advocacy and awareness work of the Foundation,” said Jason Marsden, executive director of the Mathew Shepard Foundation. “This is a large scale opportunity to bring attention to our mission.”

 

Production of Butte 11 will be led by StraightOut Media & Marketing (SOMM), a seasoned team with incredible experience creating GLBT-focused events and programs in Colorado.

 

“We look forward to creating a signature event for the Matthew Shepard Foundation that raises not only awareness but also contributions to the organization,” said Scott Barretto, co-founder of SOMM. “Crested Butte is known for its superb spring skiing so the sun and the snow will make for a unique gay ski week experience like no other”.

 

Butte 11: Matthew Shepard Foundation Gay Ski Week Event Highlights:

 

Saturday, March 19

Noon – 3:30 p.m. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

4:00 – 8:00 p.m. First Arrivers Welcome Reception at Trackers in The Lodge at Mountaineer Square

 

Sunday, March 20

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Legendary Al Johnson/Costume Race in Mt. Crested Butte

 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Al Johnson After Party at 9380

 

Monday, March 21

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tubing Après Ski at CBMR’s Adventure Park

 

8:00 p.m. – midnight Martini Monday at the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin in Crested Butte

 

Tuesday, March 22

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

All Day Spa Day at The Elevation Spa in Mt. Crested Butte

 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Après Ski at 9380 at The Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte

 

7:30 p.m. Laramie Project: Staged Reading at the Crested Butte Mountain Theater

 

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Shoot the Butte Pub Crawl on Elk Ave. in Crested Butte

 

Wednesday, March 23

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

12 noon Lunch on the Beach at the Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin on Crested Butte Mountain

 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. MS Foundation Event at the Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin on Crested Butte Mountain

 

7:30 p.m. Laramie Project: 10 Years Later at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square

 

9:00 p.m. Splash Pool Party at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square Pool

 

Thursday, March 24

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Après Ski at 9380 at The Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte

 

9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Purple Party at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom

 

Friday, March 25

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Après Ski at 9380 at The Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte

 

9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Annual Soul Train Dance Party, location TBA

 

Saturday, March 26

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm. Butte ’11 Info Tent Open at 9380 in the Elevation Hotel & Spa

 

10:00 a.m. Ski Hook Up (meet other skiers) at the Butte ’11 Tent

 

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Après Ski at 9380 at The Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte

 

9:00 p.m. Closing Party at Butte 66

 

FestEVOL with O.A.R. in Mt. Crested Butte

 

Lodging, lift and “Gay Card” party pass packages are available starting at $800.25 per person at the Grand Lodge, including five nights’ accommodations, three days of lift tickets and the Gay Card, which provides access to all official Butte 11 events. Luxury lodging and lift packages are available at The Elevation Hotel & Spa, Mt. Crested Butte’s hip, contemporary alternative. And, Butte 11 Gay Cards can be purchased for $150 per person.

 

For a limited time, CBMR is offering a complimentary Gay Card to guests booking a minimum of four nights’ lodging for Butte 11. Offer valid until Feb. 28, 2011.

 

For more information or event details, or to register for Butte 11, please visit the website at www.matthewshepardgayskiweek.comor call 800-334-4862.

 

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