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Start ‘em Young for a Lifetime of Fun
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is passionate about sharing skiing and snowboarding with the next generation of rippers. Whatever the age, CBMR has the programming designed to introduce young adventurers to the greatness of the outdoors.
Cubs (3 years old - Ski)
The youngest of the bunch, CBMR’s Cubs program participants may have the most fun. Including up to two hours of skiing each day combined with indoor and outdoor activities, this program promotes a unique learning and skiing experience for the kiddos while mom and dad are out carving up the slopes.
Expert Tip: “The most important outcome for Cubs is that they enjoy their time and want to do it again. There are so many new elements and sensations in skiing that the little ones can easily be overwhelmed. The Cubs program makes a great transition from daycare to sliding on the snow. Have patience and let them play!”
– Dustin Dyar, CBMR Instructor and PSIA National Team Member
Explorers (4-6 year olds - Ski)
Designed for all ability levels – first-timers to graduated Cubs program participants – the Explorers programming allows kids to explore the mountain according to their ability and comfort level. Keep an eye out for these fearless little shredders and pros of tomorrow.
Expert Tip: “Get your kids familiar with their equipment inside before heading out on the snow. Even getting used to the goggles and helmets alone can provide a sense of comfort before hitting the slopes, allowing them to enjoy their first experience on snow that much more. Scooting around the carpet on their skis or board makes a perfect first training ground!”
– Rosa Greeley, Snowboard Supervisor of CBMR Ski + Ride School
Bonus Expert Tip: “Watch some skiing or snowboarding with your kids before they go to their lesson. Watch other kids skiing and riding, and allow them to see what skiing and riding looks like. Point out ‘turns,’ ‘stopping’ and ‘moving through lift line queues’ so your kids have an idea of what to expect.”
– Wendy Crosby, CBMR Ski + Ride School Instructor
Mini Riders (4-6 year olds - Snowboard)
Snowboarding is an exciting sport to learn, and with a small group focus – a very low student-to-instructor ratio – the Mini Riders program sets kids up for success while shredding the mountain. This program is designed specifically for adventurous kiddos interested in learning how to snowboard and incorporates the latest instruction techniques in a fun environment.
Expert Tip: “Terrain selection is one of the keys to having fun during the first days snowboarding for young riders. It only takes a small hill to offer the chance to get comfortable sliding on the board but look for a consistent single fall line with a slight backstop at the bottom of the hill. This way the young ripper can just get the feel of balancing on the board knowing they are going in a safe direction and the backstop will slow them down.”
– Christian Robertson, Director of Resort Services at CBMR
Challengers (7-14 year olds – Ski & Snowboard)
Whether searching for their first turns or pushing the envelope on CBMR’s famous terrain, the Challengers program offers kids of all ability levels the chance to progress at their own speed. PSIA-AASI trained instructors are ready to guide students through the different levels of progression until they’re prepared to tackle the mountain on their own.
Aspiring riders have the advantage of Burton Learn to Ride snowboard equipment. CBMR’s partnership with Burton Snowboards ensures youngsters have access to the latest innovative learning equipment designed to make progression easier and more fun.
Expert Tip: “Lessons are a great way for kids to meet and challenge each other. Children in this age group like to be with kids their own age and that’s how they learn best. Kids already spend hours a day in classrooms, so talk about skiing and riding as an outdoor sport adventure with them and keep ‘school’ out of it.”
– David Hartman, Director of CBMR Ski + Ride School
Crested Butte Nordic (Ages 16 and Under)
Is your little athlete interested in trading a day of adrenaline-inducing downhill for the endurance-boosting exercise of Nordic skiing? The Crested Butte Nordic Center grooms 55 kilometers of trails, providing opportunities for all ability levels to practice their classic and skate skiing. Even better, the Nordic Center offers free trail passes for children, tweens and teens up to 16 years old.
Expert Tip: “Ditch the poles for a little bit! Young skiers out on our trails love to run around on their skis without poles and will often try out some skate strides as well. It is easier for them to try different techniques without their poles getting in the way and tripping them up.”
– Brittany Perkins, current Programs Manager for CB Nordic and former Crested Butte Nordic Team Coach
Kids 12 and Under Really Do Ski Free – No Strings Attached
Kids are encouraged to buckle up their boots at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) this winter. From Nov. 22 – Dec. 13, 2018 and March 30 – April 7, 2019 all children age 12 and under ski or ride for free. No strings attached, no lodging stay or parent ticket required, simply a free ticket for the littlest rippers – and a sweet surprise for mom and dad. We’re also proud to say, kids ages 6 and under ski free at CBMR all season long.
EPIC Southwest Ski Tour
Vail Resorts’ EPIC Pass has become a household name across the globe and offers access to some of the world’s top winter resorts. For the first time, dedicated skiers and boarders have an opportunity to embark on an EPIC Southwest Colorado road trip that connects two of the nation’s most authentic, historic and picturesque mountain ski towns: Crested Butte and Telluride. New for the 2018-2019 Winter Season, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort have partnered with the EPIC Pass offering pass holders multiple days of skiing at each resort.
Individually known for their historical western culture and legendary inbounds terrain, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort have both topped the wish lists of skiers and snowboarders for years. Located a quick three hour drive from one another, this season, plan your own EPIC road trip that includes plenty of time to experience the wonders of both resorts.
Here are a few reasons to visit this winter season.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Legendary Freeskiing and Riding: Crested Butte Mountain Resort features 542 acres of famous inbounds expert-only terrain known as the Extreme Limits. Some of the country’s first extreme skiing competitions were held here.
Friendly for Families: In addition to the Extreme Limits, CBMR offers skiing and riding suited to all ability levels. In fact, over 83 percent of the mountain is comprised of beginner and intermediate terrain, catering to never-evers and families.
Location, Location, Location: CBMR is situated at the end of the road, surrounded by National Forest and some of Colorado’s most beautiful scenery. The convenient proximity of lodging properties, restaurants and activities encourages guests to cache the car and immerse themselves in their vacation.
Telluride Ski Resort
Big Mountains and Big Skiing: Telluride is surrounded by the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in the United States, and the resort offers 4,425 vertical feet of skiable terrain.
Colorado’s Coolest Gondola: Telluride features a free public transportation opportunity unlike any other you’ll find in the United States. The gondola connects historic downtown with the modern amenities of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort’s base village. Don’t take the car; skip the bus; take the gondola.
Accessibility for All: One of the things that makes Telluride so unique is the fact that you can access at least one intermediate run off of every lift on the mountain. This accessibility allows most skiers and snowboarders to explore the entire mountain and witness the stunning on-mountain views.
Legends of Crested Butte
Similar to many mountain towns, Crested Butte has its fair share of local legend and lore that continue to be shared, reminisced upon and modernized. Before Crested Butte was known as a mountain adventures paradise, coal miners and farmers endured plenty of hardship. Locals embrace the history of Crested Butte and continue to honor its past – and so can you.
Dine in the Presence of a Bootlegger’s Past
Located mid-mountain on the slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort is an inconspicuous cabin with deep roots. Uley’s Cabin and Ice Bar was built in honor of 1880s mountain man Uley Sheer, who came to prosper on mining claims in the northern end of the Gunnison Valley. Instead of finding a life of prosperity and ease from his claims, Uley was forced to rely on trapping, cooking in mining camps and bootlegging to survive. And it’s that last pastime, selling moonshine that got Uley in trouble. Around the time the Gunnison County jail needed a cook for the winter, local lawmen set up a sting and arrested Uley as he filled their order. To Uley’s content, his season spent as the jailhouse cook was one of his warmest and most comfortable.
Nowadays guests are invited to dine in a much cozier ambiance than Uley ever experienced. Lunch at Uley's Cabin and Ice Bar is for skiers and riders looking for a quintessentially Crested Butte on-mountain dining experience before heading back out on the slopes. The menu has a French flair, making each course unique, yet familiar in that the cuisine is definitively Colorado.
On Wednesday through Sunday evenings, guests meet at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square and ride a snow-cat driven sleigh to the cabin where a multi-course feast awaits. The Sleigh Ride Dinners offer an on-mountain experience that is accessible to all ages and features an immersion in the beauty of Crested Butte, no skiing necessary.
Read the full history of Uley Sheer here.
Drink Where a Legendary Outlaw Left His Mark
A quick stroll along downtown Crested Butte’s Elk Avenue inspires a modern day sense of history reminiscent of an old western movie. However, many guests don’t know they’re walking the same street some of the Old West’s most notorious outlaws sauntered.
During a quiet sunny day in 1902, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wrote their names in Crested Butte lore as they were chased from town by the local authorities. Alerted to the sheriff’s imminent arrival, Butch took off, inadvertently leaving his famous Colt 45 pistol and holster slung over the back of his chair at Kochevar’s Saloon. Until recently, the gun was on display above the bar, paying homage to the Wild West. Today, the gun is secured in the saloon’s vault, but the feeling of this old bar remains uniquely the same.
A personal account of Butch’s visit to Kochevar’s can be read here.
Ski with a Living Legend
World Champion and Olympic skier, Wendy Fisher is an icon in big mountain freeskiing. An extreme skiing pioneer, Wendy has led women – and challenged men to follow – into some of the steepest terrain around the world. Throughout her successful skiing career, she has been featured in numerous professional ski films, raced for the U.S. Ski Team, competed at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, and holds two Extreme Freeskiing world titles.
Wendy discovered Crested Butte’s Extreme Limits Terrain and decided to make the valley her forever-home. Today, she raises her family of shredders in Crested Butte and hosts special clinics designed to help skiers find their next level of “fearless.”
Guests are invited to participate in Wednesdays with Wendy on select dates throughout the winter season. Clinics cater to intermediate and advanced skiers, so it’s not required that you ski like an Olympian to learn from one. Wednesdays with Wendy dates are January 9 and 16, February 13 and 20, and March 13 and 20 for the 2018-’19 Winter Season; visit www.skicb.com/wendy.
CB Chic: Crested Butte’s Unique Brand of Mountain Cool
Settled against the majesty of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and the Elk Mountains, Crested Butte is a modern travel destination deeply devoted to its mining and ranching roots. Glitz and glam haven’t made their way to Crested Butte and that is just how the locals like it.
To discover Crested Butte’s true colors, we recommend attending one of these unique events that can be found #onlyincrestedbutte.
Fat Bike World Championships, Jan. 23-27, 2019
Crested Butte founded the self-proclaimed Fat Bike World Championships (FBW) in January 2016, and it’s quickly become a highlight of the winter calendar. Throughout the event, participants riding fat bikes – mountain bikes equipped with wide 4-inch-plus tires for riding on soft surfaces (i.e. snow) – tackle race courses, ski runs and winter singletrack.
Crested Butte is known as a birthplace of mountain biking and it is not surprising that a town steeped in biking culture has extended its passion into the winter months, but the obsession with costumes and parties might be unexpected to the uninitiated.
Cut off shorts, banana suits and ‘70s wigs are commonplace among participants, though the professionals skip the mid-lap whiskey tent and race for the podium. The inaugural event featured FBW branded burgers and buns, but not those buns. As freelance photographer Devon Balet said, “Single Speed Worlds has tattoos and Fat Bike Worlds has branding. Easily the craziest thing I have witnessed at a sporting event.”
For information, visit www.cbchamber.com/chamberevents/fat-bike/.
The 33rd Annual Alley Loop, Feb. 2, 2019
The Alley Loop is not your typical American Birkebeiner Qualifier. The course starts, finishes and passes through the heart of downtown Crested Butte, winding through snow covered streets, narrow alleys and over single-lane bridges. At any given time, you may be cheered on by an alley party, find yourself surrounded by oompa loompas, or skiing past a train of people connected by a crazy costume.
Similar to the times of yesteryear, Elk Avenue – Crested Butte’s main drag – becomes snow-packed giving Nordic skiers of all ages and ability levels the chance to participate in the Saturday races. The party, however, begins on Friday evening as the annual Pub Ski kicks off at the local Talk of the Town watering hole. The Pub Ski requires participants to answer trivia, overcome challenges and be “uniquely Crested Butte” at each of the different bars on Elk Ave. Of course, those in costume receive bonus points!
Details are available at www.cbnordic.org/alley-loop-nordic-marathon.
The Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Race, Date is TBD
Loosely based on the history of Al Johnson, a mail carrier who traveled between various mining communities in the Crested Butte area, the affectionately known “AJ” is steeped in deep tradition. Typically held in late March, the race begins as a mass start of approximately 200 participants who must first climb 600 feet up the slopes of Crested Butte Mountain Resort before descending 1,200 feet down the famed Extreme Limits Terrain. Once racers crest the ridge and begin their descent, they are free to reach the finish line by their own accord – some take the most direct route, others take the safest route.
What makes this event challenging is that it must be completed on free-heel Telemark ski equipment. The rules require that each contestant finish with both skis and poles, even if broken.
However, unlike traditional races, the Al Johnson is not so much about speed as it is creativity. In fact, the majority of the racers dress in costume for the race with no limits to their imagination. Recent competitors have included Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine, the Jamaican Bobsled Team, punk rock bands and Warren Miller. It is important that you begin your costume preparation in advance; here are a few previous examples to encourage your creativity. Please credit all photos to Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Learn the history at www.cbavalanchecenter.org/al-johnson-history.
Encouraging Healthy Choices
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has supported our youth over the past seven years by participating in the Choice Pass program. The Choice Pass, designed by the Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project (GCSAPP), encourages students to make healthy choices. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate and receive discounts throughout the valley after they commit to a healthy and substance-free lifestyle.
Over the past few seasons, CBMR has proudly sold nearly 1,600 discounted season passes to Choice Pass participants, including 499 passes during the 2017-18 Winter Season.
There is no cost for students to enroll in the program, and the upside is highly rewarding. In addition to skiing and riding at CBMR, participants also receive a discounted pass to the Gunnison Recreation Center, savings on avalanche safety courses and other skill-based programs, as well as nearly 40 additional community business deals. More information is available at www.gunnisoncounty.org.
Red Means “Go”
Before your next visit to Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), be sure to set your sights on the resort’s latest perk. The Red Card is designed to offer additional guest benefits and savings throughout the resort including VIP experiences and preferred pricing on dining, retail, lessons, activities and rental equipment.
The Red Card is CBMR’s way of saying thanks for booking directly with the resort!
Deep Savings Now, Deep Skiing Later
Savvy travelers rejoice: Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is bringing back its popular Book Early Save Big winter promotion. The best early season deal of the season includes up to 30% off CBMR-managed lodging properties and up to $300 off airfare. Reserve a Crested Butte winter vacation on or before Sept. 14, 2018 to receive the deepest discounts of the year.
But wait, there’s more. On top of receiving discounts on lodging and airfare, guests can qualify for savings on lift tickets, rental equipment, lessons and The Red Card if booking directly through Crested Butte Vacations. Featuring no minimum length lodging stay requirements* and no blackout dates, now is the best time to plan a visit to Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town.
*Some room types may require a longer stay.