Gunnison-Crested Butte is the perfect spot for a girls getaway

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 13, 2009 12:55 pm

A girls weekend can be the best medicine for the winter blues, and Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado, is a great place for it.  Whether it’s out having a cocktail at the Ice Bar at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, or catching a show at the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, this place will not disappoint.  The Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association has put together its top 10 ideas for a winter girls getaway to the “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town.” 

1. Unleash your inner dog-sledding fantasy
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 or call (970) 641-1636 for details about lunch tours and short tours.

2. Go to dinner … on a sleigh
· What better way to go to dinner with your gal pals than on a horse-drawn sleigh at Lazy F Bar Ranch south of Crested Butte? Enjoy a scenic, 35-minute ride to a rustic 1950s cabin overlooking the East River and indulge in a five-course meal that most importantly includes five kinds of homemade desserts. Visit or call (970) 641-0193.
· Another option is hopping on an open sleigh pulled by a snowcat at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) ski area and dining at the newly renovated and expanded Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin. Call (800) 810-7669 for reservations and prices or visit .

3. Bond with your skis and your buddies
Set up a ski or snowboarding clinic just for you and your gal pals at CBMR ( to learn and laugh together or take part in women’s camps led by world champion extreme big mountain champions Kim Reichelm on Dec. 10 – 15 (Kim Reichelm’s Women’s Ski Adventure Camp, and Allison Gannett (Rippin Chix Steeps Camp, on Feb. 13-14 and March 6-7. National telemark champion Heather Paul’s K2 Ultimate Groove Women’s Telemark Camp,, also plans to return to CBMR, date to be announced.

4. Create a colorful memory on monthly ArtWalk Evenings
Visit the wide array of art galleries in downtown Crested Butte any day of the week, but the art scene really comes alive during ArtWalk Evenings held on the last Thursday of December through March from 5 – 8 p.m. Light refreshments, music and on-site artists are featured at many of the locations, which include GO WEST, Susan Anderton Fine Art Gallery, Paragon Gallery, Rijks Family Gallery, Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery, Piper Gallery at Crested Butte Center for the Arts, and Kate Seeley’s Studio Gallery. For more information, visit

5. Moonlight ski & snowshoe tours will leave you star struck
Join the Crested Butte Nordic Center for moonlight tours to the Magic Meadows yurt for a New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 (7:30 – 10 p.m. to ring in the East Coast New Year’s and 10 p.m. to past midnight to ring in 2010 on Mountain Standard Time) and gourmet dinners prepared by Maxwell’s Steakhouse on Jan. 30, Feb. 28 and March 30. Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. and costs $60 per person, which includes a trail pass and equipment rentals. The New Year’s party costs will be announced soon. Lunch and brunch at the yurt also are available. Go to for costs and more information or call (970) 349-1707.

6. Go to the theatre or tap your toes at a concert
· Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, established in 1972, will be presenting “Miracle on 34th Street” and several other productions this winter and spring. For tickets and information, call (970) 349-0366 or visit
· Crested Butte Center for the Artsoffers a Winter Season series of concerts and regular art exhibitions. For more information, call (970) 349-7487 or visit
· The Gunnison Arts Center hosts theatre productions, art exhibitions, art classes and more year-round. For information, call (970) 641-4029 or visit

7. Make your own tracks to dinner
Ride the Red Lady Express Lift at CBMR and ski, snowboard or snowshoe to an extraordinary gourmet dinner at the Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin. Start off with a cocktail on the patio at a bar made from ice and watch the sunset before going inside for a relaxing and delicious dining experience. A member of the professional ski school or ski patrol will escort you back to the base area with headlamps to light the way. Call (800) 810-7669 for reservations and visit

8. Ice skate, sled and cross-country ski all in one place                                                                                                                                          Stop being an adult for a morning or afternoon and relive childhood memories while ice skating and sledding with your girlfriends at the Crested Butte Nordic Center. Skates and sleds are available for rent, and the Nordic Center is the launching point for many great cross-country skiing trails with instruction and ski rentals available. Learn to Skate Ski for Freeclinics will be offered at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4. Call (970) 349-1707 or visit 

9. Head to the

spa or let it come to you
     For spa lovers, we have fantastic news. The slopeside Elevation Hotel and Spa in Mt. Crested Butte reopened for the winter 08/09 season as a fully-renovated property with a brand new, luxury, 11,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Look for nine treatment rooms, a full range of spa services all using environmentally friendly products, locker rooms with steam showers and saunas, a full-service hair and nail salon, a state-of-the-art athletic fitness equipment room and a juice, smoothie and herbal tea bar. Visit or call (800) 810-SNOW. The Grand Lodge in Mt. Crested Butte also has a spa, and many lodging properties have masseuses on call to set up right in your condo or room or in on-site treatment rooms. 

10. Go gourmand at laid-back cooking classes
After a day outdoors or at the spa, what could be a better conclusion than cooking classes? Two of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley’s most popular chefs offer hands-on workshops.
· In downtown Crested Butte, Keely Murphy offers a schedule of classes and custom classes for groups of eight people at her Arrangements Catering & Events kitchen. Call (970) 349-0956 or visit
· Mike Busse, proprietor of Garlic Mike’s Italian restaurant and winner of the 2009 Chefs on the Edge competition, hosts classes at the Interiors with Oohs & Aahs’ demonstration kitchen in downtown Gunnison. People also may gather their own group (minimum of 12) to book class as well. To find out more, call (970) 641-2493 or go to