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Welcome Welcome to paradise, winter in Crested Butte. We hope your travel here was enjoyable. In anticipation of your visit, we’ve put together a guide that will help you enjoy everything this magical place has to offer. Now that you’ve arrived, take a moment before heading out to relax. As you unpack your bags, unpack yourself as well. Take a moment to check your personal baggage and remember how to kick back and enjoy life again. Set in seclusion at 8,999 feet in the Colorado Rockies, Crested Butte offers the complete ski town experience without the overcrowdedness and hassles of the interstate resorts. This place is special for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is that there is a priceless sense of relaxation and rejuvination here. Use it. Take it and don’t take it for granted. Treat Crested Butte with kindness and it will give it back to you more than you can imagine. At the end of your fun filled days, hit the town when the night comes. Visit our restaurants and eat and drink and celebrate your life. Then go see some music and dance your meal away. The next day, get up (not too early) and start all over again. Whatever you choose to do on your vacation here, remember that it is a vacation. Have fun, challenge yourself, and above all, RELAX.

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event lineup Crested Butte is known for its zaniness and its extreme terrain. And the lineup of events this winter highlights both. There’s something for everyone here: the annual Alley Loop Nordic race in town, the 7 Hours of the Banana fundraiser on the mountain for the Adaptive Sports Center and Crested Butte Ski Club, to the Mardi Gras parade downtown. For a full calendar of events, go to page 10.

race division conquering approximately 5,000 feet of elevation gain/loss and more than 10 miles and the recreation division experiencing 3,500 feet of elevation gain/loss over 6.5 miles. Participants must get to Irwin on snowmobiles or scheduled snowcat rides. For all the details, costs and race requirements, go to irwinlasportiva-ismf-race.

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Adaptive Sports Center's Ugly Sweater Holiday Party – December 12

The resort is offering ski free on Opening Day again this year. Just stop by the Main Ticket office at the Adventure Center to receive your free ticket and enjoy the early season slopes at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort will host live music and a fun celebration to kick off the new ski season with a “Blizzard of Oz” theme, complete with a yellow brick road leading to the lift! So break out your flying monkey and munchkin costumes and meet in the base area to greet winter in the Land of Oz.

Irwin/LaSportiva ISMF Race – December 7 The annual Irwin/LaSportiva ISMF Race on December 7 at 10 a.m. will include a race division for skiers with International Ski Mountaineering Federation licenses or who wish to compete in a COSMIC (Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup) series category as well as a recreation division. There are several categories within each division, with the

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Another eventful winter, another reason to celebrate the holiday season with the Adaptive Sports Center. The community is invited to swap ski stories and spread holiday cheer Crested Butte-style during an evening with ASC family and friends. Drinks and hearty appetizers will be served. Learn more at

Santa Day- December 14 Crested Butte Mountain Resort is sponsoring a “Santa Day” in hopes of breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of skiers in full Santa costumes. Participants need to be decked out in a full Santa suit in order to participate and CBMR will be offering amazing discounts on lift tickets and lodging for participants.

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Rock on Ice – December 17-21 The Rock on Ice team returns to Mt. Crested Butte for an ice carving festival in celebration of the holiday season. Be amazed as two of the world’s most renowned carvers create larger than life sized sculptures of animals, holiday characters and other iconic figures out of blocks of ice. The event will feature daily ice carving demonstrations, including interactive sculptures perfect for family photos, and a dazzling ice sculpture garden in the Courtyard at Mountaineer Square.

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To kick off the full moons for the winter season, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host a snowshoe or uphill ski tour. This guided tour allows guests to experience the natural beauty of Mt. Crested Butte by moonlight. Guests will make their way up to the Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin for a bonfire and bowl of warm chili prepared by Chef Schlaudecker of Uley’s Cabin. Tickets include the guided tour to and from the Ice Bar, a bowl of chili with fresh baked bread and a beer for each participant over the age of 21. Snowshoe and uphill skiing equipment are available for rent at the Scarpa Demo Center.

Gingerbread House Competition – December 21-28 The Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Association will once again host the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Make your best edible gingerbread house creation by December 20 to win great prizes. There are kids, adults, and professional categories. More information can be found at www. skicb./ginger.

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Christmas Eve at Crested Butte Mountain Resort – December 24 Watch Santa come down the mountain on a sleigh pulled by a snowcat. Ho Ho Ho! Get in the holiday spirit as he hands out candy canes to all the good little girls and boys. Then stay to watch the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School perform their famous torchlight parade down the front side of the mountain.

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Moonlight Snowshoe Tours – December 17, January 16, February 15 and March 16 Snowshoe by the light of the full moon this winter. CBMR features moonlight snowshoe tours four times a year, on the night of the full moon on December 17, January 16, February 15 and March 16. Catch a ride on a snowcat to the top of CBMR’s Red Lady Express chairlift and snowshoe the moonlight mountain trails back to the base area. For information and reservations contact Crested Butte Vacations at 800-544-8448.

New Year's Eve – December 31 Head to the base area for live music, drink specials and a torchlight parade put on by Crested Butte’s finest ski and snowboard instructors. Watch as they wind their way down the mountain carrying orange flames to light up their path. Following the torchlight parade, there will be a fireworks show, best seen from the base area of the mountain on the Butte 66 deck.

USASA Rail Jam and Slopestyle - January 11-12 USA Snowboard and Freeskiing Association will stop in Crested Butte once again this year for Rail Jam and Slopestyle competitions.

Roost the Butte - January 17-19 The 2nd Annual Roost the Butte will consist of four snowmobile events: snowcross, hillcross, snowovals and hill drag. Contestants will vie for a chance at the prize money and bragging rights. Watch from the terrain park or bottom of Gold Link lift as snowmobilers fly around the course for their chance to win.

Crested Butte Songwriters Festival – January 16-19 The Crested Butte Songwriters Festival raises money for cancer research and enchants country music fans, by revealing the faces and stories behind today’s country hits. Teaming up with BMI Productions out of Nashville, Tennessee, the Crested Butte Songwriter’s Festival brings in some of country music’s top songwriters, such as Dean Dillon who has written over 60 songs from George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Rodney Clawson, Wendell Mobley, and Colin Lake to name a few. Three days of intimate music settings, where guests can hear these popular songs, sung by those who wrote them, who lived them.

Alley Loop – February 1 The 28th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon on February 1 is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and is an American Birkebeiner qualifier. Starting and finishing on Crested Butte’s Elk Avenue and winding through alleyways, streets and trails, Alley Loop features course lengths ranging from 1.5 to 42 kilometers, allowing all skill levels and ages to participate (many in costume). Registration costs and start times vary. Successfully launched last year, the Alley Loop Pub Crawl and Snow Bike Race happen the afternoon and evening before on January 30. Registration opens on December 1 at

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IFSA Junior Freeskiing Competitions – February 1-2 and March 7-9

The International Free Skiers Association was established in 1996 by freeskiing pioneer Shane McConkey. The Junior Big Mountain Freeskiing and Snowboarding system is comprised of regional events, national events, and one rotating North American Championship. The IFSA is responsible for sanctioning, insurance, protocol, and direction. Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host a Regional Event February 1-2 and the National Championships March 7-9, where 75-100 junior competitors, predominantly from Colorado, will compete in the famed Extreme Limits terrain. Alley Loop

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Freeskiing Extremes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; February 13-16 The Subaru Freeride Series is the four-star big mountain Freeskiing series which acts as the North American qualifier for the Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face. Events that are part of the Subaru Freeride Series are hence, Freeride World Qualifier Events. The best three results from the FWQ Events establish future rank in the Freeride World Tour. While the tour is produced by MSI (Mountain Sports International), the resort is using their trademarked namesake event to participate in the series. Preference will be given to highest ranked individuals first for registering for Qualifier events.

Twister of Love - February 14 Speed dating on skis and snowboards! Join in the fun at the Twister lift for a fun day of skiing and who knows, you may even meet the person of your dreams on a lift ride. Costumes are highly encouraged.

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Big Air on Elkâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; March 8 A ski jump in the middle of downtown is what makes Big Air on Elk on March 8 so unique. A snowmobile pulls top skiers and snowboarders who launch off a step-up style jump with a 45-foot gap on Elk Avenue. The invite-only format ensures that each jump will have a good chance of wowing the crowd from 5-9 p.m. Colorado Freeskier organizes Big Air on Elk to benefit the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation. For more details, call Colorado Freeskier at (970) 349-6664 and visit

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Winter Events November u2  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Opening Day at CBMR u2  8-30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12th Annual CB Nordic Thanksgiving Training Camp

December u6  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Night of Lights, Gunnison u6  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Gunnison u7  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison Arts Center Gala u7  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Holiday Bazaar at CB Community School u7  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Irwin/LaSportiva International Ski Mountaineering Federation Race, Irwin u1  2-14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puss & Bootsâ&#x20AC;? at the Gunnison Arts Center u1  3-14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Light Up Night, Crested Butte u1  3-31â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte u1  4â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Santa Day at CBMR u1  4â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Nordic Citizens Race Series u1  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Full Moon Party at Uleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin, CBMR u1  9â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Film Festival monthly film series at the Center for the Arts u1  9-21, 26-28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Decking the Halls: A Mountain Theatre Christmas Special, Mallardi Cabaret Theatre u2  1â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blackalicious concert, Center for the Arts u2  1-28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gingerbread House Competition, CBMR u2  2â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nordic Yurt Dinner, Magic Meadows u2  4â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Torchlight Parade, CBMR u2  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Winter Wonderland Photography Workshop, Art Studio of the Center u2  8â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Nordic Citizens Race Series u3  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Delta Saints concert, Center for the Arts u3  1â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, CBMR u3  1â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ArtWalk Evening, downtown Crested Butte

January u2  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Learn to Skate Ski for Free!, CB Nordic

u2  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shook Twins concert, Center for the Arts u3  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison u3  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Xanadu Performing Arts Theatre at Center for the Arts Crested Butte u3  -4â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Winter Photography Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u4  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Nordic Citizens Race Series u6  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Twelth Night Community Bonfire, downtown Crested Butte u1  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Willy Porter concert, Center for the Arts u1  1â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CBNC Citizens Race Series u1  1-12â&#x20AC;&#x201C; USASA Rail Jam and Slopestyle competitions, CBMR u1  5-19â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Songwriters Festival u1  6â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Watercolor & Wine Workshop, GAC u1  6â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, CBMR u1  6â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Film Festival monthly film series at the Center for the Arts u1  6-19â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Songwriters Festival u1  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Nordic Full Moon Yurt Dinner, Magic Meadows u1  7-19â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Roost the Butte, CBMR u1  8â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Nordic Citizens Race Series u1  8, 19, 25, 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park u2  5â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yurt Dinner Fund-Raiser for CB Nordic Nordic Team, CB Nordic Magic Meadows Yurt u2  5â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Head for the Hills concert, Center for the Arts Crested Butte u2  5â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kenny Mac Ski Fest & Winter Carnival, Hartman Rocks & Jorgensen Events Center/Park, Gunnison  u2  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ladies Monthly Celebrate & Create Night at Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u3  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ArtWalk Evening, downtown Crested Butte u3  1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Alley Loop Fat Bike Race & Pub Ski, Crested Butte

February u1  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28th Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon, Crested Butte u1  -2â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Junior Extremes Freeskiing IFSA Regional Competition, Crested Butte Mountain Resort u1  , 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park u3  -4â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Winter Photography Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u6  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Learn to Skate Ski for Free!, Crested Butte Nordic Center  u7  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Gunnison u9  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Silver Queen Pageant, CBMR

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calendar. u9  – Royal Southern Brotherhood concert, Center for the Arts u1  2-13– Leftover Salmon concerts, Center for the Arts u1  3-16– Freeskiing Extremes, CBMR u1  4– Twister of Love, CBMR u1  4­– Valentine’s Swing Night with CB Dance Collective, Center for the Arts u1  4– CB Nordic Valentine’s Dinner at the Yurt, Magic Meadows u1  5– Winter Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u1  5– Gothic Mountain Tour, presented by CBNC u1  5– CB Nordic Full Moon Yurt Dinner, Magic Meadows u1  5– Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, CBMR u1  6– Mysto the Magi performance, Center for the Arts u1  9– The Duhks concert, Center for the Arts u2  0– Tiles & Tea Workshop, GAC u2  0– CB Film Festival monthly film series at the Center for the Arts u2  0-22– Move the Butte, presented by CB Dance Collective, Center for the Arts u2  0-23– USSA Dan Prater Memorial Cup Ski Race, CBMR u2  2– Winter Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop, Art Studio of the Center u2  2– CB Nordic Yurt Dinner, Magic Meadows u2  4– Ladies Monthly Celebrate & Create Night, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u2  5– Mardis Gras Masks & Margaritas Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u2  7– ArtWalk Evening, downtown Crested Butte

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March u1  – Magic Meadow Dozen presented by Crested Butte Nordic Team u1  , 2– Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park u1  , 8, 15– Winter Plein Air Watercolor Painting Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u1  -2– 3rd Annual Gunnison Chamber of Commerce Ice Fishing Tournament, Blue Mesa Lake, Gunnison u1  -2, 16-17– Winter Photography Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u2  – 7 Hours of the Banana benefit for the Adaptive Sports Center, CBMR u4  – Fat Tuesday Parade, presented by KBUT, Elk Avenue

u6  – Learn to Skate Ski for Free!, CB Nordic u7  – First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Gunnison u7  -9– IFSA Junior Freeskiing National Championships, CBMR u8  – Big Air on Elk, Crested Butte u8  – CBNC Yurt Dinner, Magic Meadows u9  – Robert Randolph and the Family Band concert, Center for the Arts u1  2– Photography Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u1  4, 15– CB Nordic Full Moon Yurt Dinner, Magic Meadows u1  4-16– US Ski Mountaineering Association National Championships, CBMR u1  5– Comedy Works All Stars on the Road, Center for the Arts u1  6– Moonlight Snowshoe tour, CBMR u1  9– Patty Larkin concert, Center for the Arts u2  0– Beads & Bubbly Workshop, GAC u2  0– CB Film Festival monthly film series at the Center for the Arts u2  2– FestEVOL concert, CBMR u2  2– Christopher O’Riley concert, Center for the Arts u2  3– Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Ski Race, CBMR u2  3-29– Taste of Crested Butte u2  4– Ladies Monthly Celebrate & Create Night, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u2  5– Eilen Jewell concert, Center for the Arts u2  7– ArtWalk Evening, Crested Butte u2  8– KBUT’s Soul Train Night, Butte 66 u2  8-29– Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, Crested Butte to Aspen u2  9– Frequent Flyers performance, Center for the Arts

April u2  -6– Flauschink, Crested Butte u4  – First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Gunnison u4  – Telluride Theatre Burlesque, Center for the Arts u5  – Slush Huck Pond Skim Competition and live music, CBMR u6  – Closing Day for CB Nordic and CBMR u1  0-13– The Ultimate Snowmobile Event, CBMR u1  7– CB Film Festival monthly film series at the Center for the Arts u1  9-26– Flavors of Gunnisonu  u2  7– Crested Butte Pole, Paddle & Pedal, Gunnison to Crested Butte



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FestEVOL is a unique lifestyle experience combining mountain sports, live music (bands TBA), innovative natural brands and a sustainably focused “eco village” to help keep the event green. This year, FestEVOL will take place on March 22, 2014 in the base area of the ski resort.

Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race –­March 23 The 40th Annual Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race on March 23 is as much fun to watch as it is memorable to participate in. As a tribute to a rugged 19th century mailman, competitors wearing telemark skis and wacky costumes climb 600 vertical feet on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s famous double-black diamond terrain and then launch 1,200 feet down the steeps. Prizes are awarded for best times, best costumes and best fall. The race can be done tag-team or as an individual, and spectators can watch the madness via access to the venue on an intermediate run. For more information, call The Alpineer at 970-349-5210 or visit

The Grand Traverse- March 28 The Grand Traverse is a 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen. Starting at midnight from Crested Butte – often in sub-zero temperatures racers traverse Colorado’s Elk Mountains, climbing more than 7,800 vertical feet and navigating in a self-supported backcountry race that tests them physically and mentally. Held annually since 1998, the race is based on the tradition of mail routes that connected the Colorado mining towns of Crested Butte and Aspen in the 1880’s. For more information, check out www.

45th Annual Flauschink – April 3-7 The last weekend of the ski season could be a ho-hum, hang up your boots kind of farewell in some towns. In Crested Butte, “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town,” the expected never happens. Locals and visitors will be flushing out winter and welcoming spring on April 3-7. A historical slide show on Wednesday, coronation ball and polka dance on Friday, parade on Saturday morning, and a ski slope salute to the king and queen of Flauschink on Sunday are just part of the wacky fun. The king and queen are presented scepters (a.k.a. handy drink holders) made from toilet plungers and locally crafted crowns. The “Has Beens” (previous Flauschink royalty) join in the fun, and there is a Flauschink exhibit always on display at Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

Slush Huck/Pond Skim – April 5



The end of ski season is another excuse to celebrate, dress up in silly costumes and have wacky events, like the Slush Huck where contestants skim across water on their skis and snowboards. Get in your last turns of the season and go out with a bang!

The Ultimate Snowmobile Event- April 10-13 This inaugural eight-event snowmobile contest will crown the Ultimate Snowmobiler. Produced by 357 Productions, the Ultimate Snowmobile Event will draw contestants and spectators to the base area after the resort closes for the ski season. Dates are subject to change.

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CB Avalanche Center serving backcountry users for 12 years

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by Toni M. Todd

Slab. Aspects. Faceting.

Whether or not you explore the local backcountry, you’re likely familiar with these terms, thanks to over 10 years of diligence from the Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC). “In the early days, CBAC forecasts were done from Alan Bernholtz’s house,” said executive director Steve Banks. “It worked really well for me,” said Bernholtz, former executive director and founder of the non-profit. “I could do the forecast in my underwear. We had a computer and we’d gather as much data as we could and start rolling.” “We’d look at weather models, then try to figure out how that was going to effect our avalanche danger,” said Banks. “The Colorado Avalanche Information Center [CAIC] does a three-zone forecast for the north, south and central mountains,” said former CBAC professional forecaster Billy Rankin. “We have a unique snowpack here. Crested Butte is remote, but with a longstanding tradition of people playing in the mountains. There’s long been an active outdoor community here. The central mountains is a huge area. We felt like the CAIC was not serving us and we needed more attention, specifically to the West Elk Mountains.” “The progression was,” said Bernholtz, “we needed information from people going out into the backcountry, not just automated weather station reports, but real time, people observations. Our whole goal has always been to make a good forecast that keeps people safe.” The CBAC now shares office space with the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival in the old marshal’s office, the stone jail on 2nd Street. Risk assessment is more detailed and accurate than ever, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and measurement techniques. “There’s a lot of science involved,” said Rankin. “Now we’re lined up with Powder Cloud,” said Banks. “This is a really great program for recording and logging information. It’s also used by Irwin Cat Skiing and Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Patrol, so it’s a great way to share all our information.” continued on page 14

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Observations complement technology as a key component of the CBAC’s avalanche reports, both from professional forecasters and from less experienced backcountry users. “Even people who don’t have training or an avalanche background can contribute,” said Banks. “We only have four forecasters on staff, and they can only cover so much ground, but everyone else is out there, everywhere. Just tell us that the snow felt soft or the snow felt hard. That information is valuable, too.” Snowpack testing has been standardized over the years, becoming more accurate, and more objective. “It’s not just about strong over weak,” said Rankin. “Now we know it’s more complex than that. We’re figuring out the physics.” Three years ago, the CBAC shifted to what Rankin called a risk-based approach to reporting. “Avalanches are an objective hazard,” he said. “Once you expose something of value—like a human life—then you have risk.” Today’s daily bulletins provide details on what conditions skiers can expect in a given area, along with a fivelevel hazard rating that makes decision making easier for those venturing into the backcountry. The ratings—low, moderate, considerable, high and extreme—are applied to specific areas and aspects. “They’re based on a combination of likelihood and size,” said Rankin. The idea, he said, is not to deter people from going out, but to give them the best information for making smart decisions. “Your life affects more than just you,” said Bernholtz. “It affects this town. It affects your family and friends. The main reason the avalanche center was started was to save lives.” More information about the CBAC, along with the latest backcountry conditions, forecasts and observations can be found at, 349-4022.

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adventure. What to bring in the

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Kids Run

New Kids trail off Painter Boy Chairlift

The place to be this winter if you are a kid are the new kids trails on Painter Boy. Check out the newly added Fingerling trails off of the homeowners access trail. All trails funnel into Elk Ave. and are the width of one grooming machine. Explore the aspens and a new area on the mountain! Â

Beginner Run Poverty Gulch

A run that is often missed on Red Lady is Poverty Gulch. For beginners this is a great run that typically has fresh grooming well into the afternoon. Also if you are starting to explore the trees or are skiing with kids who love tree trails there are some great tree trails on both side of the run, providing something for the entire family. continued on next page

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Eflin’s Way

If you are looking for an adventure and views that you cannot get from any other blue run, try out the newly named Eflin’s Way. The adventure starts by riding the High Lift T-Bar. Before jumping onto the T-Bar make sure you get some tips from a local or ask the lift attendant to give you a quick 101. Quick Tip: Whatever you do don’t sit down. Once you are on the lift be sure to unload at the first exit. Make sure not to ride the lift to the top as there are no blue runs down from the top. It’s a big adventure but well worth the groomer and the view!

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Gully Glades

If you like tree skiing this will be the run to check out this year. Located in-between Black Eagle and Double Top Glades, Gully Glades is a newly cut run this summer that will be sure to make you spend more time on the East River Chairlift.                 

Extreme Terrain

The Glades on the North Face or the trees between The Headwall and Big Chute

North Face Lift – Hard Slab to Old Pro

Hands down my favorite run on the mountain to ski is the area between Big Chute and the Powder 8 gully on the Headwall. If you are looking for an adventure start on one side and work your way to the other. Every run will make you feel like you are on a totally different mountain. Take the natural half pipe from the top of the High Lift T-Bar and when it get to the travers at the bottom point your skis in a different direction each run. Note to self be careful as you work your way down the chutes, the trees tend to get thicker and tighter as you get to the bottom. For a great run off the North Face Lift check out Hard Slab to Old Pro. It’s always a great line with a few surprises around each corner that keep you motivated. On your first run make sure you take a look over each roller before hitting it at top speed…it drops off quick.

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rwin is a luxury, adventure, backcountry cat skiing/ snowboarding company nestled in the heart of the West Elk Wilderness. Irwin stands alone as one of the most unique and prestige experiences in Colorado. The terrain averages 600-plus inches of snow annually, beating out all of the Colorado ski resorts in the 2012 / 2013 winter season, receiving over 800 inches. Irwin’s terrain is one of a kind, varying from intermediate blues to double blacks, accommodating the beginner backcountry skier to the experienced rider. Even though Irwin is only approximately 12 miles west of Crested Butte, it is completely private, allowing 10-20 guests to ski the exclusive terrain each day, in a luxury cat accompanied by certified private guides. Unlike any other snowcat or heli-skiing operation, Irwin’s guests are picked up and returned to the town of Crested Butte each evening by an elite Tucker snowcat. This unique, all-inclusive service can make Irwin part of a well-rounded Crested Butte vacation. With technological advances, Irwin aims to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions through the Colorado Carbon Fund. The operation uses solar power to provide electricity to its mountain base town office, local accommodations (The Scarp Ridge Lodge and Sopris House), along with any additional electric needs for operations being purchased through the local green power program. Irwin owns three top-of-the-line Prinoth Snowcats with modern, technically and advanced diesel engines with luxury cabin space for guests, including a flat screen TV and plush leather seating. Irwin is owned by parent company Eleven, a high-end experiential travel brand headquartered in Crested Butte. Irwin is an adventure based, licensed guide service in Crested Butte, directly contracted with Eleven. Eleven has other locations in France, Iceland, Bahamas, and England. For more information on Irwin, visit, for more information on Eleven, visit www.

Irwin stats Elevation - Irwin movie cabin 10,400 ft Highest peak in Irwin terrain 12,300 ft Acreage - 1,000+ acres Vertical Drop - 2,100 ft Average Annual Snowfall - 600 inches

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WELCOME TO THE BUTTE Thank you for choosing Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Our goal is to make certain that your visit is the best it can be. If you have questions or need a helping hand, please look for our Guest Service representatives located around the base area. Or find us slopeside next to the Adventure Park at the Guest Service Kiosk.


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WELCOME TO THE BUTTE Thank you for choosing Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Our goal is to make certain that your visit is the best it can be. If you have questions or need a helping hand, please look for our Guest Service representatives located around the base area. Or find us slopeside next to the Adventure Park at the Guest Service Kiosk.


Dining locations

Please pick up an official pocket trail map for better on-mountain navigation and important safety information.


Photo: Nathan Bilow

t1SJWBUF-FTTPOT t#FHJOOFS"EWFOUVSF t/PSUI'BDF(VJEFT (970)349-2211 The award-winning Ski & Ride School is a PSIA/AASI Certified Member School.



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– Nick Herrin, Ski & Ride School Director Photo: Nathan Bilow

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The North Village

Local’s guide to

Nordic trails Toni Westerholm, the Nordic Center Manager & Director of the Ski School and Drew Holbrook, the Nordic Center’s Events Manager, gave us some of the best Nordic trails to hit in the area, whether you are just a beginner cross-country skier or an advanced skate skier.

Beginner Town Ranch
 It’s free, flat and fun. The Town Ranch is located behind the Community School, at the end of Red Lady Ave. It’s a great place to learn either classic or skate with a 3K loop, just under two miles. You’ll get 360 degree views of Paradise Divide and you can even bring your dog.

The North Village loops start and end at the parking area at the stables near the Snodgrass trailhead. This swooping 5K loop is sure to raise your heart rate on both the ups and the downs. Challenging and fun, this curvy trail is a terrific new addition to CB’s Nordic terrain. Thanks goes to CBMR for making the North Village possible, but it is part of the CB Nordic system and does require a Nordic trail pass.

For the dogs The Nordic Center’s prettiest dog friendly trail is Mike’s Mile. Start on Pooch’s Paradise at Butte and First and you can ski all the way out to the Gunsight Bridge. This newer trail cuts along the floor of the Slate River Valley, providing spectacular views of the river and Paradise Divide. You need to get a dog pass at the Nordic Center, but dog passes are free with a season pass and a single day pass. If you’re skiing with your dog at town ranch, you still need to get a dog pass from the Nordic Center.

 Crested Butte Nordic is a non profit Nordic ski area that maintains 55 kilometers of immaculately groomed trails around the Town of Crested Butte. CBNC offers complete ski and snowshoe rental packages as well as private lessons, clinics, tours and fine yurt dining. The Nordic Center and trailheads are within walking distance from all of Crested Butte’s restaurants and lodgings. To learn more about CB Nordic and their events, including the Alley Loop and the Gore Tex® Grand Traverse, visit

 Magic Meadows Start at the Gronk, ski towards Paradise Divide, then loop through the trees. This is a great trail because you can head straight to the yurt then back to the trailhead for 10K of skiing, or make loops through the woods for a longer ski. Close to town, but with the quiet and beauty of the wilderness, this is a great way to explore CB’s outskirts without getting too far afield. The Outer Magic Meadows has smooth rolling hills that are fun and good practice for intermediate skiers. It’s also a great, protected place to ski on a windy day while still stealing awesome views of Mt. Crested Butte and the Oh Be Joyful drainage.

Advanced The Bench Newly renovated, the Electric and Big Mine loops on the Bench have been engineered, rerouted, and buffed to provide a world class racing venue at 9,000 feet. The 20-foot wide Nordic highway is a smooth ribbon of freshly cleared trail that playfully undulates through the woods and features a handful of massive climbs and descents. This flowy trail promises to provide highest caliber Nordic skiing ever seen in the Gunnison Valley. Best of all, the smooth excavated earth coupled with the sun-protected location, will provide high quality early season skiing right next to town.  

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Let us bring the massage to you! Adaptive Sports Center

The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) is a nationally-recognized non-profit organization that has provided life-enhancing outdoor recreation to people with disabilities and their families since 1987. This winter we offer the following instruction for groups, families and individuals: alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, ski biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, hut trips and other custom-tailored adventures. Reservations are recommended for all activities. Lessons are taught by PSIA adaptive certified instructors. ASC serves children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, as well as at-risk youth. Camps in 2014 include: Big Mountain Monoski Camp: March 8-10, 2014; High Adventure Getaway: Ladies Weekend: March 21-23, 2014. Group pricing and scholarships are available. ASC’s offices are located in the Treasury Center on Mt. Crested Butte. For more information about activities and special events, or to register, call (970) 349-2296, email info@ or visit

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(970) 349-2211. Base Area, Mt. Crested Butte. Don’t miss the base area Adventure Park complete with mini golf, bungee trampolines, climbing wall and AirBag Jump. Get everything from single activity tickets to unlimited Adventure Park access at the Crested Butte Rental and Demo Center or at the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square. The Adventure Park will be open both summer and winter seasons weather permitting.

Alpine Express

Welcome to Alpine Express! We specialize in transportation between the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport or the Montrose Airport and the Towns of Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte, Gunnison and outlying areas. During Ski Season (November 27th - April 6th) we meet all flights into the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport, and do request a 48-hour advance reservation to reserve a seat. Out of Ski Season we request an advanced 48-hour reservation to provide service to and from the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport.  Service to or from the Montrose Airport is available by reservation (minimum trip charges apply). Charter Service is available for service from Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction for people having a difficult time with arrangements into the Gunnison or Montrose Airports.  Local & long distance charters are available year round for all types of special occasions including weddings. Please call us to assist in planning those special events. During the summer let our Trail Head pickups/drop-offs and our 4-Wheel Drive excursions take you to the incredible heights of the Elk Mountains where you can enjoy a special day in our wonderful high alpine environment. (800) 822-4844 / (970) 641-5074

Burt Rentals Snowmobiling

Voted Crested Butte’s favorite snowmobiling company since 1983. Back by popular demand our Snowmobile Zip Line combo tour. Lunch and dinner tours. Hourly, half-day and sunset tours.  Play areas on every tour.  Tours for every ability level from mild to wild. Burt Rentals is an authorized permittee of the US Forest Service. Located in the Avalanche Restaurant at the base of the ski area. (970) 349-2441.

Butte & Co. Ski & Snowboard Rentals

For over 36 years Butte & Co. Ski & Snowboard Rentals has stood the test of time as Mt. Crested Butte’s premier ski shop.   Butte & Co. offers its customers an incredible rental shop with skis & snowboards from Atomic, Head, and K2. Also available this year is a state of the art demo fleet with the very best in equipment from Dynastar, Volkl, Atomic, RMU, K2 and Icelantic big mountain skis!  Reserve in advance ( and save 20% on your rentals. Kids 12 & under save 50% with each paying adult. Bring your skis into our incredible tuning shop for a Montana Crystal Glide Tune! Keep the whole family warm and dry and very stylish with ski wear from The North Face, Kjus, Spyder, Obermeyer, Killtec,  Skea, Powderhorn,  Scott and Oakley.  See why Butte & Co. was voted one of North America’s top shops by Skiing Magazine. (970) 349-7581 or (800) 742-SKIS.

Camp CB

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Kids’ Ski and Ride School. (970) 349-2211. Whetstone Building, Mt. Crested Butte. The recently renovated Camp CB is home to the Kids’ Ski and Ride School. Camp CB is the place for youngsters to connect with the outdoors, other children and fun-loving instructors. Children’s group and private lessons are available for all ages and abilities. The evening program “Kids Night Out” includes unlimited Adventure Park access and dinner. Nursery (two months and up) is also available.

Colorado Adventure Rentals

P.O. Box 253, Almont, Colorado 81210. Toll Free: (877) 641-3525, Local: (970) 641-3525. Email: Website: Ride the top snowmobile trails in the Rocky Mountains. This part of the Colorado Rockies includes two peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation and 20 that are over 13,000 feet. Snowmobile trails wind through these majestic mountains, providing incredible views of some of the most pristine landscapes you’ll ever find. Take a ride on our new Polaris 800 RMK high performance snowmobiles – lightweight and powerful sleds that dominate the slopes. Our rates include insurance, helmets, and instruction. We provide snowmobile rentals in Gunnison, Crested Butte, and Grand Junction/Grand Mesa. Rent and ride out from many locations. Trailers and deliveries are available throughout the Gunnison Valley and beyond. Contact us today to plan your winter mountain adventure!

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activitiesguide. Crested Butte Angler

Located at 413 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte Angler offers guided fly fishing trips for all abilities throughout the winter and spring seasons. We have Taylor River private access with big rainbows, browns, cutthroats, and our float fishing trips will begin in March. Take a break from the slopes and enjoy a day on the river with us. Our shop features fishing products, outdoor clothing, and gifts. Please contact us (970) 209-6555 www.crestedbutteangler. com/ Cre news, sports, classifieds, events & more!

Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Visitor Centers

Are you looking for information on what to do during your stay in the Crested Butte Area? The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centers are a great resource for shopping, dining and area activities. We have two locations- Our Crested Butte Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center is located at the Four-Way Stop in Crested Butte (at the corner of 6th and Elk Ave) and is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Our Mt. Crested Butte Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center is located in the Transit Center of Mountaineer Square, and is staffed 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with brochures accessible from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. You can also give us a call at (855) 681-0941, (970) 349-6438 or visit our website at We also have relocation and business information available. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Crested Butte Mountain Club

(970) 349-4987. Treasury Building, Mt. Crested Butte. The Crested Butte Mountain Club provides a convenient and highly personalized experience to members through amenities such as ski tickets, private ski lessons, slope side parking, lockers, membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lounge, ski valet, fitness, spa and more. The Club also offers camaraderie among friends with guest passes and exclusive events such as First Tracks. For more info email or stop by the Summit Services office in Mountaineer Square.

Crested Butte Mountain Guides

Crested Butte Mountain Guides, the most experienced and professional guiding service in Gunnison County, offers custom and privately guided trips for families and individuals with safety and fun as a priority. We offer many exciting winter activities including: backcountry ski and snowboard tours, avalanche education classes, ice climbing, hut trips, snowcat skiing booking, cross country and snowshoe tours. Call Crested Butte Mountain Guides at (970) 349-5430 , visit our website at, or stop in and see us on Elk Ave behind the Post Office and next to Izzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for more information. Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Out There!â&#x20AC;?

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

Want to learn more about this amazing valley? Are you a train buff? Ever wonder when Telemark skiing was started? Do you love to mountain bike? The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum can answer any questions you have about these things and more. We are open every day this winter from 12 to 6pm.  Admission into the Museum is only $4 and you can find us at 331 Elk Ave in downtown Crested Butte!! Come in and see the unique and amazing gifts we have in our Museum Store that fits into everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. Historic Walking Tours are available by appointment throughout the entire winter. If you have any questions or want any information call us at (970) 349-5729. You can also find us on the web at www.crestedbuttemuseum. com.  

Crested Butte Mountain Theatre

The Crested Butte Mountain Theatre is the longest continuously running community theatre on the Western Slope of Colorado. The theatre provides an open avenue for creative expression through community participation in all aspects of theatrical productions and fosters the growth of theatre as an art form through high-quality contemporary, classical and original productions. The Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, home of the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre, is located downtown in the historic Old Town Hall at Second and Elk. We offer a diverse season schedule of plays, adult and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workshops, youth programs, film and musical events throughout the year. Crested Butte Mountain Theatre enters its 5th decade of educating, enriching, and entertaining our community. Located at 403 Second Street, please visit or call (970) 349-0366 for more information.

Crested Butte Nordic

Crested Butte Nordic is a non-profit Nordic ski area that maintains 55 kilometers of immaculately groomed trails around the Town of Crested Butte. We offer complete ski and snowshoe rental packages as well as private lessons, clinics, tours and fine yurt dining. Â Our Nordic Center and trail-heads are within walking distance from all of Crested Butteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants and lodgings. To learn more about CB Nordic and our events, including the Alley Loop and the Gore TexÂŽ Grand Traverse, visit

Crested Butte Parks & Recreation

The Crested Butte Parks & Recreation Department offers year round activities for youth and adults. Winter is here and there are plenty of activities both indoors and out. Most activities are organized and require pre-registering with the Recreation Office; others are on a drop in basis. Big Mine Ice Arena is open daily for public skating; check out rink schedules online, or call the rink hotline at (970) 349-0974. Jerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gym is the perfect choice for your winter birthday party or get together. Welcome to Paradise, and let Parks & Recreation help you get active. As always, remember, dogs are not allowed in parks. For more information on your next adventure, go to www. or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (970) 349-7197. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. continued on page 26


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(970) 349-2211. Treasury Building, Mt. Crested Butte. The most convenient choice for all of your winter sports equipment needs featuring a wide selection of skis and snowboards and FREE storage with all rentals. Now home to a Rossignol Experience Center where skiers of all ages and abilities can rent the new “Experience” line of skis from Rossignol featuring Auto Turn Technology. Get more control, ease-of-use and progressive all-mountain performance than ever before. Snowshoes and helmets are also available. A full service tune and repair shop available onsite. For the latest styles in ski and snowboard apparel stop by The White Room located next door.

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Crested Butte School of Dance

The Crested Butte School of Dance is celebrating 32 years of providing excellence in dance education and performance experience in the Gunnison Valley to students from the ages of 3 1/2 - adults of any age. The dance school provides weekly classes in creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and belly dance.  Our young and enthusiastic staff have come from all parts of the country to offer new styles of dance and big city experience to all of our students.  Classes are taught at the Pump Room Studio in Crested Butte at 3rd and Maroon Aves and run from September - May, when the culminating shows are presented to the community at the Center for the Arts, May 9, 10, 11 and 15, 16, 17.  The Crested Butte School of Dance also offers summer classes including a 3-week summer intensive from July 14 - August 2 and presents a showing during the weekend of the Crested Butte Arts Festival, August 2 and 3. For information, please visit our website or call (970) 349-5686.  The Crested Butte School of Dance is a nonprofit corporation.  

Crested Butte Ski and Ride School

(970) 349-2211. Mountaineer Square, Mt. Crested Butte. Inspire your passion for adventure. Crested Butte’s award winning staff specializes in ski, snowboard and telemark instruction. Private and group lessons are available for all abilities. The expanded and improved beginner learning area is specifically designed to make the most of your first experience. For those looking for the next challenge, the North Face Guide group tour is designed to open the Extreme Limits to everyone.

Crested Butte Snowcat Driving Experience

Helping families preserve ranchlands for future generations

(970) 349-4554. Adventure Center, Mt. Crested Butte. Experience the thrill of operating a snowcat. Learn the basics of driving a snowcat from one of Crested Butte’s finest groomers. The Snowcat Driving School utilizes a closed course where participants receive one on one instruction in a fully functional Prinoth 275 Snowcat as used in Crested Butte’s grooming operations. Group driving experiences are also available. Call for more information or reservations.

Crested Butte Sports Ski & Bike Shop

To learn more and make a tax-deductible donation, visit • (970) 641-4386 307 N. Main, Ste 2A, Gunnison, CO 81230

Convenient location, friendly atmosphere and everything you need for a day on the slopes. Crested Butte Sports is Mt. Crested Butte’s only full service ski and bike shop that’s open year round. Family owned and operated for 32 years, Crested Butte Sports is proud to offer sport, performance and demo ski packages for adults and snowboard and ski packages for children. With the best service and best rates on the mountain, our rental program also provides a complete line of snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country, telemark demos and free storage for rental customers. Don’t forget to visit our retail shop with clothing from Loki, Sherpa, Columbia and Burton. Skis by Volkl, Blizzard and handmade in Crested Butte ROMP. Boots by Tecnica & Dalbello and custom boot liners and fitting. Ski helmets by Giro and Salomon. Crested Butte Sports, also has an award-winning tune and repair shop, is the only shop on the mountain with customer storefront parking. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by today, call (970) 349-7516 or visit our website at Located at the ski area in the Evergreen condo building just North of the Grand Lodge.

Crested Butte Vacations

(800) 544-5448. Let the local experts at Crested Butte Vacations create your customized year-round mountain vacation package that can include lodging, airfare, car rentals, lift tickets, equipment rentals, ground transfers, spa treatments and other activities. One call does it all! Visit the Mountain Concierge in the Adventure Center located in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square when you arrive for more information or to book additional activities.

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(970) 349-2211. Take your mountain adventure to new heights this winter with the Crested Butte Zipline Tour. This one of a kind adventure includes 5 zip lines ranging in length from 200 – 300 feet connected by features such a suspended wood bridges and towering platforms. The guided zip line tour, including the five zip lines and several unique features, is an approximately two hour long experience. Group discounts are available, call or stop by the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square for more information or to make a reservation.

Elevation Spa

Come experience the world class, 11,000 sq. ft. Elevation Spa and Fitness Center at the Elevation Hotel, located just steps away from the ski slopes. There are nine treatment rooms where we offer massage therapy for your muscles, body wraps for your wellness, and facials for a beautiful complexion. All spa services include use of our fitness center, which is equipped with cardio machines and strength training equipment, a swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna. Upon check-in to the spa, you will be presented with robe, sandals and locker key to use during your stay.  The Elevation Spa easily accommodates you, your friends and family as you indulge together in a day at the spa. After receiving your healing treatments, you will leave the Elevation Spa with the overall feeling of well being that inspired you to visit the mountains in the first place. Take advantage of our complimentary valet parking during your spa visit or ride the free town bus to the base of the ski area and arrive just steps away from the Elevation Hotel. Please call (970) 251-3500 to make an appointment today or visit our website at  

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activitiesguide. Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures

Take a break from the ski hill and really do something to write home about. Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures offers relaxing one-hour afternoon horseback rides where you can slow down and enjoy a relaxing horseback ride through the snow with a stop to enjoy hot cocoa by the fireplace.  Or start your day off right with a 30-minute morning sleigh ride and enjoy the surrounding beauty.  For reservations please call (970) 349-5425.

Irwin Lake Snowmobile Rentals

Located in the Avalanche Restaurant at the base of the ski area, Mt. Crested Butte. Unguided rentals for the do-it-yourselfer. Crested Butte’s largest rental fleet. High performance sleds and two-up touring snowmobiles with heated hand grips.  Morning or afternoon half-day rentals, all day rentals.  Competitive rates.  We deliver- no trailer needed. (970) 349-6598.

Lazy F Bar Ranch

Unique adventures that catch the spirit and friendliness of Crested Butte. We offer horse drawn sleigh rides with candlelight home cooked dinners. Come relax with us and experience great food. New York Strip, Cornish Game Hen, Salmon or Vegetarian Lasagna, soup, salad, potato, vegetables, rolls and homemade desserts.  Call for reservations today. (970) 641-0193 or email

Peak Sports

Located directly at the base of the Red Lady lift in Mt. Crested Butte, Peak Sports offers the best selection of rental ski and snowboard equipment in town. We also have complementary slopeside overnight ski and boot storage! Don’t forget about our full service retail, repair and bootfit services as well! Save up to 20% when you rent online at (970) 349-6121.

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(970) 251-3050. Demo the latest Scarpa and SkiTrab equipment for your backcountry and on-mountain uphill adventures.

The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is home to popular signature events and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor attractions. Visitors young and old enjoy a year-round schedule of live music, dance and theater performances as well as art exhibits, monthly film offerings, visual arts workshops, speakers and much more. As the premier visual and performing arts venue in the region, The Center for the Arts hosts events throughout the year on our outdoor stage, expansive indoor auditorium, and at the Piper Gallery, a popular in-house gallery for local and regional exhibitions. In addition to our popular signature events, including Alpenglow, Tour de Forks, Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival and Winter Season, the Center also proudly serves as a premier events venue for local community organizations. Together, we bring attractions such as film screenings and music festivals to Crested Butte. (970) 349-7487.

Trailhead Children's Museum Children’s Museum

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Explore! Create!  Play!  Learn!  The Trailhead Children’s Museum offers hands-on exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences and creative play for children and their families. Discover the Dig Pit, Light Table, Science Lab, Ramps and Marbles, Magic Magnets, Indoor Play Set, Pirate Ship, All You Can Create Art Bar and the Garden to Grocery Healthy Living exhibit. This winter, don’t miss daily Art and Science Camps and classes or “Night at the Museum” babysitting opportunities. Looking to spend time outdoors? Check out the Trailhead Tree House outdoor climbing structure and the Musical Instrument Garden. Located in the Outpost Building at the base of the ski area in Mt. Crested Butte. For more information please contact The Trailhead at (970) 349-7160 or visit our website at Admission is $6 per person.

Wildflower Spa

Conveniently located in the Grand Lodge, the Wildflower Spa unites the healing arts with Mother Nature. Schedule a treatment today and enjoy a naturally relaxing and healing spa experience. The Wildflower is an affordable spa, with 3 treatment rooms where we offer Massage, Facials and Waxing. Each treatment is tailored to meet your needs, whether your goal is to relax, feel more beautiful, or find relief from aches and pains. Complimentary use of the steam room, pool and hot tub is included with any spa treatment. Please visit our website at to see our menu of services or call (970) 349-8063 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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ach winter, Crested Butte transforms into a skiing and snowboarding mecca, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to do for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to hit the slopes or Nordic trails. If you are in need of a day off from skiing, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of fun to be had without the ski boots on.

Go for a sleigh ride Enjoy a unique dining experience where getting there is half the fun. Ride in an open sleigh pulled by a snowcat to the on-mountain Uleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for a gourmet dinner. The menu features Colorado cuisine with French influences, and a handpicked wine list is available to complement the dining experience. Go to for more information. Another option is boarding 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. Visit for more information. There is nothing quite like the freedom of being pulled by a team of dogs in the thick of mountain terrain capped with snow. Dog sledding with Lucky Cat Dog Farm is one of those lifetime experiences not to be missed. Visit for details about lunch tours and short tours.

Hop on a horse Just because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you have to hang up your saddle. Hop on a horse for a ride through the snow. Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adven-


tures offers a one-hour ride with a stop for hot cocoa from its Almont stables. Go to photos by

Drive a Snowcat

Lydia Stern & Kurt Reise

Ever dreamed of getting behind the controls of a snowcat? Through Crested Butte Mountain Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Snowcat Driving Experience, offered in conjunction with Prinoth, learn basic operational and safety information before taking a snowcat for a spin on a closed course. For times, dates and costs, visit www.skicb. com.

Lace up the skates The outdoor Big Mine Park Ice Rink located at the Crested Butte Nordic Center offer skate rentals and the opportunity for all ages to take to the ice in a different fashion. Go to for hours of open skate.

Throw on the snowshoes or Nordic skis CBMR offers daily snowshoe tours on ski area trails with a guide at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Snowshoes, poles, water, a light snack and a lift ride are included in the cost for the two-mile outing. Also check out the daily snowshoe tour of Snodgrass Mountain from 1-4 p.m. that includes transportation. During the ski areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moonlight Snowshoe Tours on December 28, January 26, February 25 and March 27, enjoy the thrill of snowshoeing moonlit mountain trails after being transported by a snowcat. For more information, visit


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For more information, contact Ryan Weatherwax at or (970) 943-2104. To see videos and learn more about the HAPLab, visit

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CB Nordic offers guided backcountry snowshoe tours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The tours cost $65 per person and will take participants to the beautiful Gothic, Washington Gulch or Slate River areas depending on conditions and guests’ interests. Private snowshoe tours are available by appointment. A half day is $65/ person and a full day is $95 (includes lunch). 

Amazing dining is only a snowshoe (or Nordic ski) away during Yurt Dinners at the CB Nordic Magic Meadows Yurt offered on full moon evenings. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a fivecourse dinner prepared by local chef Josephine Kellett of Creative Catering is served at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $70 for adults and $35 for children (under age 12) and includes a trail pass and equipment rental (alcohol and gratuity are extra). For reservations and information for tours and yurt dinners, visit www.

Enjoy No-Hassle Fun & Adventure Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Adventure Park features bungee trampolines, rock climbing, miniature

golf and a lift-served tubing hill. The Crested Butte Zipline Tour, a guided tour includes five ziplines and three suspended bridges that have been uniquely adapted to accommodate winter operations. Check out all the options at

information go to and www. While shopping and dining on Elk Avenue, stop at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Walking through the museum’s front door is like stepping back into an old-fashioned hardware store. A large gift shop and memorabilia from the former Tony’s Conoco occupy the front, while a train display, and interesting

exhibits about mining, ranching, skiing and other local history draw visitors to the back. For hours and information, call (970) 349-1880.

Be an artist or a dancer The Art Studio of the Center of the Arts, located in downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue. It’s a space dedicated to the arts. Head to the Art Studio to paint your own pottery, take a workshop on knitting or listen in on an

ArtTalk. Reservations are required for Art Studio classes and can be made online, at the Center, at, or 970-349-7044. The Art Studio is at 111 Elk Avenue. The Crested Butte Dance Collective is hosting a myriad events and classes this winter. Want to try aerial dance or Argentine Tango. Give it a shot with the local pros! Visit for more information.

Relax and rejuvenate It’s time to rejuvenate the body and soul. Spirit, Mind & Body is a group of individuals dedicated to wellness in the Valley. They offer classes and sessions throughout the season. There are numerous yoga and Pilates classes to choose from, since there is an active yoga community in Crested Butte. If you are looking for a massage, you are in the right place. Crested Butte is home to many amazing massage therapists. And there are no shortage of amazing spas for pampering. For more information, visit www.crestedbuttewellbeing. com.

Capture the culture Theatres, art centers and museums can help feed your creative side. Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, established in 1972, presents several productions each winter and spring. For tickets and a performance schedule, visit Crested Butte Center for the Arts offers a Winter Season series of concerts and rotating art exhibitions, while the Gunnison Arts Center hosts theatre productions, art exhibitions, art classes and more year-round. For

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kid friendly adventures

Crested Butte is fun for the whole family. From terrain parks and the tubing hill on the mountain to ice skating at the Nordic Center in town, there are endless possibilities for the kids. Dig in on the action and have some fun.

At the Ski Area On the hill Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR, offers fun for all ages, even if you don’t ski! Of course there are plenty of options to cruise all levels of slopes on your own or with a guide/instructor. Or challenge your child or grandchild to a timed race down Smith Hill and test your mettle in three terrain parks (easy and advanced), superpipe or slalom course. Kids get their own trail map that shows some awesome trails where adult skis won’t even fit. Adventure Park The Adventure Park is for all ages with a covered ice-skating rink, bungee trampolines and a lift-served tubing hill. You also can tap into the magic of sleigh ride dinners to Uley’s Cabin pulled by a snowcat, daytime and moonlight snowshoe tours, and three snow igloos located by the tubing hill, Camp CB (the kids’ ski school) and at the top of the Painter Boy chairlift. There are skiing and snowboarding lessons for youth and adults at CBMR, as well as through Adaptive Sports Center (www.adapativesports. org) for family members with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.  There’s also childcare for the wee ones at the resort’s Camp CB Nursery, not to mention Kid’s Night Out, available Thursday-Sunday evenings for ages 4-12.  Dinner and access to the Adventure Park and tubing hill are part of the Kid’s Night Out activities. Trailhead Discovery Museum and The Studio The Trailhead Children’s Museum, located at the ski area base, is a place where younger kids can enjoy hands-on exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences and creative play, The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Kids can enjoy creating a new masterpiece in the Art Bar, building a rocket in The Studio, shopping in the Garden to Grocery exhibit or playing music in the new Outdoor Musical Instrument Garden. Admission is $6 per person. Annual family memberships and punchcards available. For more information and program schedule, please go to In addition, The Studio at the Trailhead offers drop off classes for kids in art and science. Please see the full schedule of classes at www.trailheadkids. org.

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In Town Skinny skis Crested Butte Nordic has cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding all in one place. CB Nordic grooms more than 50k of trails and offers instruction, equipment rentals and many events. Use of the outdoor ice rink and sledding hill are free, and a pass is required to use the groomed trails. For the daily schedule at Big Mine Ice Arena call the rink hotline, 970-349-0974. Skate rentals are available at the Nordic Center Warming House next to the rink, 970-349-1707. Horsin’ around If you’d rather not expel your own energy to get around and love horses and dogs, check out one of these great options for the whole family. Board a horse-drawn sleigh at Lazy F Bar Ranch south of Crested Butte for a scenic, 35-minute ride to a rustic 1950s cabin overlooking the East River and indulge in a five-course meal. Head out with Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures for a one-hour ride in the Almont area. Halfway through the journey, warm up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Dog days There is nothing quite like being pulled by a team of dogs in the thick of mountain terrain capped with snow. Dogsledding with Lucky Cat Dog Farm or Cosmic Cruisers is one of those lifetime experiences not to be missed. Time machine The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is a place for the whole family. Enrich your mind at the museum, where there are displays about local history, including skiing, ranching, mining, local personalities and more. The kids will love the train display. Watch the coal cars make their way through a replica of town, through the mountain and back again! There is also a museum gift shop that all ages relish. Tumble Bugs Tumble Bugs is on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. in at Town Hall. This two-hour playtime for kids ages 0-4 years is a great opportunity for kids and parents to socialize and play with a variety of toys and mats in Jerry’s Gym. Cost is $5 per session or purchase a $40 pass good for 10 sessions. The arts Just down the street, catch a concert or art exhibit at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts and take in a little theatre at a production presented by Crested Butte Mountain Theatre. Old Rock Library The Old Rock Library is gem. It was beautifully restored from the Old Rock Schoolhouse, just off Elk Ave. The community library has a wide variety of books, DVDs, audiobooks for the whole family. Visitors can register for a guestcard. There is a wonderful children’s section as well, with storytimes twice a week. For times, call the library at 349-6535. Around town Must-stops for young families on Elk Avenue are Pooh’s Corner and Petite Lavish. Kids love hitting the arcade at The Secret Stash and shopping for the latest sunglasses at Shades of Crested Butte and styles at Retail Therapy. Make a stop at Rumor’s coffee shop and Townie Books, the parents love the coffee and the kids love the children’s book section in the back.

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Gravity Works

by Denis B. Hall

Winter Dreams Thinking about skiing during summer is like the blind men exploring the elephant. Our selective memory recollects deep powder and sick turns from last winter and projects them onto weather patterns and rope-drop opportunities that may or may not materialize next winter. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing about winter dreams: they can be far removed from reality under our skis. Fortunate as I am to have lived under ski mountains most of my life, I have worked hard to prolong winter dreams and stretch skiing over 12 months. Not too long ago, I made a point of skiing every month, more to be able to say I did it than because the skiing was good. Skiing wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad though, and it was great to strap on my boards with sun high in the sky. Skiing is never bad, only sometimes not as good as it was yesterday.

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If you listen to wags in the lift line, skiing was always better yesterday. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first thing theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You shoulda been here yesterday.â&#x20AC;? But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay much attention to that since I was here yesterday, and with any luck at all, I will be here tomorrow too. Furthermore, â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesterdayâ&#x20AC;? has assumed a more philosophical aspect, in that I now have more yesterdays behind me than I do tomorrows in front of me. Moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the pityâ&#x20AC;Śand yes, there were some wonderful yesterdays. I signed up for all this when I was a teenager eager to find my line in the steep and deep. To my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dismay, I packed up my 215cm Head DH and moved to the head of the draw, a mountain fastness way up here in the frozen food section. I came for the skiing; I stayed for the communityâ&#x20AC;Śand the skiing. And I still have those old Head skis. While skiing is in essence no more than gravity sucking my skis down the hill, it is also a lifestyle. That lifestyle can be as difficult to understand from the inside as it is almost incomprehensible to visitors. Do you live here year-around? What do you do here? How do you live like this? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t regret for a minute having made the lifestyle choices I made as a teenager. While my community may occasionally experience identity crisesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ski town, arts destination, mountain bike town, â&#x20AC;&#x153;retirement community for 22-year-oldsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I am proud of my community of like-minded souls. We are all those things and more; that is what I do here and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I live like this. Did I mention the skiing? continued on next page

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It is difficult to live in a ski town and not be a slave to weather. Socially, economically and spiritually, we want it to snow during winter. Despite my best intentions, I start dreaming about skiing in early September and search the sky and long-range weather forecasts for some hint of winter. If it rains hard in August, you can’t visit the post office without hearing what a great winter it’s going to be. Well, of course it’s going to be a great winter. Why the hell else do I live here? Why have I invested thousands of dollars in ski passes if it isn’t going to be a great winter? I objectify winter—each different but all cold—and turn it into time out of substance. It is otherworldly time when life other than skiing doesn’t matter and shouldn’t count in the final tally of my days spent on this Earth. It’s the same phenomenon as “Gone Skiing” signs on businesses on a powder morning. While we all depend on abundant snowfall, skiing (and snowboarding) mean different things to different people. For some, backcountry is the call; controlled and lift-served skiing is anathema. Some like groomers; some like bumps. Some skiers free the heel (free the mind), others lock it down. Having skied both, I lock my heel but keep my mind open. Gravity actually works well either way. I am fortunate to have enjoyed the great gift that is mountains and skiing. I plan to keep enjoying through the rest of my tomorrows. When I see a little kid getting his first taste of wind in the face and gravity at his heels, I think what a lucky kid he is to have a lifetime of skiing in front of him. I’ve watched it snow for two days now and it doesn’t look to be letting up. Best not predict the weather, but I will dream.

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bearing down anywhere near your location. The weather can change quickly and violently in the Rocky Mountains and not necessarily only in the heart of winter. — Be sure you have good tires. The Colorado State Patrol recommends at least 1/8 of an inch tread depth. All season radials on a front-wheel-drive passenger vehicle are adequate for most situations. Snow tires on most rear wheel drive vehicles are usually adequate. Chain restrictions in Colorado are most often put into effect for commercial vehicles (semi-trailer trucks) and do not usually affect passenger vehicles. — In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don’t drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to large chain reaction accidents. Remember you can’t see around mountain curves and corners, either. In addition to these winter driving tips, CDOT reminds all motorists to respect winter weather, conduct a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle, leave extra space between your automobile and others on the road, and never drink and drive. Of course, always *buckle up!*

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What are CDOT’s recommendations for safe winter travel? CDOT recommends that all drivers follow a comprehensive safety plan, including the following: —Always keep the top half of your gas tank full. It can give you better traction and gives you a bigger margin of error if you get stuck and have to keep the engine running periodically to keep warm. — If you are stuck in a serious storm do not leave your car. Run the engine periodically and wait for help. — Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some nutrition bars or even candy bars for sustenance. Winterize your vehicle’s safety kit by including extra blankets, sand to help gain traction in the event you become stuck on ice or snow, jumper cables, an ice scraper and lock de-icer. — Remember that 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel stop. A 4-wheel drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions. — Be sure of your route. Don’t go exploring in the back-country without some local knowledge, especially during a storm or when one is

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Enliven your sense of discovery through this winter’s eclectic array of stunning musicians at the Center for the Arts. This is the season for really listening and really moving to artists and acts who are inventing to the beat of a slightly different drummer. Like Crested Butte, these musicians are all a little bit different, a little bit quirky, a little bit off beat in their musical interpretations.

Blackalicious – December 21 Considered lords of the West Coast Underground, Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ / producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). Gift of Gab, known as hip hop’s premier lyricist, flashes intellectually bent tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, Blackalicious and complex rhymes rife with allusion, metaphor and internal rhymes, while Chief Xcel’s classic, funky beats hold down the groove. Blackalicious favors what Head for the Hills – January 25 hip-hoppers call the “positive tip” where lyrics Rooted in the tradition of bluegrass, Head for are spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or the Hills is more accurately described as progresmisogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative sive acoustic/modern roots. Their neo-noir style rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccenpulls in influences of indie rock, jazz, hip hop, tric. Yet, for them, spirituality is a big part of the world and folk to stitch together fiery and precise group’s music. songs of meta-fictional sea shanties, pop-infused

The Delta Saints – December 30 There is something sinisterly devout about the Delta Saints bayou rock - a dirty, grinding roots revival harnessing the brackish Delta current into something gripping and bold. Alternating between raucous melodies and slow-burning odes to the devil, Ben Ringel (vocals/dobro), Dylan Fitch (guitar), David Supica (bass), and Ben Azzi (drums) haunt the stage with searing harmonica, howling vocals, swaggering bass lines and a blazing guitar riffs, eerily punctuated with cacophonous New Orleans-inspired choruses.

Shook Twins – January 2 Whimsical, enchanting and amusing, the Shook Twins bring an alluring Alice in Wonderland kind of magical strangeness to the indie folk-pop scene. Originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and now hailing from Portland, Oregon, the identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook evoke both angelic and mischievous qualities through their layered acoustic and electric instrumentation.

Willy Porter – January 10 Lauded by musicians and music aficionados as a “maverick” and “genius” on the sixstring guitar, Willy Porter brings the soul, swing and edge of the blues into a singer-songwriter’s consciousness. His lyrical wordsmithing wields Willy Porter knife-edge precision on his social commentary, straddling the delicate balance of universal messages told through ultimately personal tales. Quickly apparent is his depth, range and jaw dropping dexterity. Each well-rendered tale is driven with spit-fire percussive guitar strumming and fiery color chord picking.

newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism with both twang and punch. Called “cutting edge” by their 2010 album producer, Drew Emmitt, the multifarious and improvisational music of Head for the Hills is forward-thinking, venturing into a myriad of sonic landscapes packing the house from their debut venue of Mishawaka to festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass and Wakarusa.

Royal Southern Brotherhood – February 9 In the South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. Enter the iconic Cyril Neville - poet, philosopher and percussion master – the youngest of the four immortal Neville Brothers giving rise to both his family band as well as The Meters. Add Devon Allman on guitar, son of Gregg Allman, who has relented to his Southern heritage of soul-drenched blues-rock, bending it to be smooth, savage or seismic and always at fullthrottle. Winner of 2010’s Blues Music Award for “Song of the Year,” guitarist Mike Zito provides the counterpoint to his wingman’s rocking tendencies. The hip-shaking groove are bassist Charlie Wooton (who has played with the Woods Brothers) and drummer Yonrico Scott (who has hit the skins for the Derek Trucks Band). The result is tumbling three-part harmonies, hickory-smoked guitar riffs and two family styles stewing together in one super-spicy gumbo. continued on next page

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Leftover Salmon – February 12 and 13 Festivaaaal! The band is back. After an eight-year hiatus and the release of Aquatic Hitchhiker in 2012 that explores new sonic territory and is one of the best Americana albums of the year, Leftover Salmon swims back to its ancestral waters of Crested Butte, home of their first ever show. Formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1989, Leftover Salmon was one Robert Randolph and the Family Band of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, making them a stunning variety of dance modalities. The show pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre. grows every year and consistently impresses with its professionally produced homegrown Brandishing both acoustic and electric guitar, talent. Tickets do sell out for this one weekend bass and banjo they are: Vince Herman (guitar, performance. mandolin); Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, mandola, fiddle); Andy Thorn (banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (bass, guitar); Jose Martinez (drums, percussion). Looking back over the past 25 years, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny.

Mysto the Magi – February 16 Mysto the Magi’s magical shows are first and foremost fun – with lots of group participation and hilarious antics that will have you belly laughing. Full of mystery, illusion and family-friendly comedy, the show features never before seen tricks as well as all-time favorites plucked exclusively for the Crested Butte audience from Mysto’s 20-plus years of mystifying entertainment.

The Duhks – February 19 One of the most musically adventurous groups to detonate from the roots scene in the past decade, this Canadian acoustic band romps through soul, gospel, North American folk, Brazilian samba, old-time country, stringband, zydeco, jazz, Irish dance, and even punk, all energetically delivered with wild-eyed invention and spine-rattling groove. Hailed by The New York Times as artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, The Duhks blend these seemingly disparate genres into an irresistible ethnic stew that is simultaneously hauntingly traditional and innovatively modern.

Move The Butte – February 20-22 The Crested Butte Dance Collective’s sizzling-hot signature production. Celebrating the creativity and connection we share through dance, Move the Butte showcases adult local artists and choreographers helping to release the embodied inspiration of both beginner and experienced local dancers. This year’s innovative show is chock full of surprises, featuring a

Robert Randolph and the Family Band – March 9 Robert Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on the pedal steel guitar has Rolling Stone calling him one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Rising from his roots of playing in the Church of God where his art is deemed “sacred steel,” the virtuoso has now secularly captured the praise of literal legends such as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Santana, playing with them on stage and in the studio. While the iconic bending chords and complex riffs of the “lap steel” have enlivened his church since the 1920’s, it is Robert Randolph and The Family Band who have charged the musical style and instrumentation to the forefront of modern musical culture. Their distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues has earned them a rapturous response from a fervent, international audience. advertising:

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Comedy Works All Stars on the Road – March 15 Comedy Works of Denver was championed by USA Today as one of the top five comedy clubs in the country. Not only have they hosted greats such as Rosanne, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock, but they also have a strong reputation for developing new acts and fostering local talent. Two of Comedy Work’s All Stars, Phil Palisoul and Chris Voth, are hitting the road all the way to the Center stage.

Patty Larkin – March 19 The Boston Globe calls her “an uncommonly articulate guitarist.” The New York Times hails her as “a mood-shaper,” comparing her to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. Patty Larkin is not only a virtuosic slide guitarist, but also an imaginative and versatile vocalist, and riveting performer. Her newest compositions are richly contemplative tracks about solitude and togetherness, open vistas and spiritual quests. Her alto voice can be breathy and confiding, or tinged with the blues, delicate yet expressive.

Christopher O’Riley – March 22 From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead’s True Love Waits album (which garnered the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone Magazine to a classical pianist), to powerful interpretations of repertoire classic and contemporary, Christopher O’Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music. As a classical crossover artist he has found a tantalizing way to bridge pop and classical, spanning styles from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven and Chopin to Radiohead, Nirvana and Pink Floyd. His adaptations, Lisztian in scope and technical demands, are ingenious considering the harmonic intrigue of the originals, and exquisitely laced with an otherworldly elegance. Patty Larkin

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Country-flavored and blues-infused, Bostonbased Eilen Jewell is a smart cookie with a heart of burnished gold and enough stories to keep even the rowdiest crowd hanging on her every word. Deemed the “Queen of the Minor Key” (with her latest album titled just that) her songs shed a haunting light on long shadows and dark corners. Its denizens seek refuge in padded rooms, abandoned automobiles and strong spirits. They defend their territory by any means necessary - weird voodoo, sawed-off shotguns, broken bottles. There is a gritty texture to her, a moody film noir atmosphere.

Sexy, funny, daring and delightfully scandalous, the Telluride Theatre brings its sell-out Burlesque Show to Crested Butte. Today’s Neo-Burlesque kicked off in New York and Los Angeles with a cult following in the 1990’s, full of nostalgia for the historic spectacle, focusing on the self-expression of the performer and the art of the tease. Telluride Theatre’s 2014 Burlesque Show focuses on the Tarot. Each act represents a different card in the deck - mysterious, sensual and telling.

Frequent Flyers® – March 29 Called “amazing, transformational, stupendous, and eyepopping” the Frequent Flyers® spellbind with a stunning blend of modern and aerial dance, wowing you on a mesmerizing mix of suspended apparatus from silks to rope to lyra, even including stilts. With over 25 years of performance experience to over 155,000 people nationwide, exhibiting for such famous groups as Cirque du Soleil, Frequent Flyers® are a pioneer of the aerial art form.

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Crested Butte Mountain Theatre

Since 1972, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre (CBMT) has provided encouragement and inspiration to new and veteran artists as well as live entertainment for its audience members. CBMT continues to help people of all ages discover their talents by offering them the opportunity to experience hands-on artistic creation. For more information, call (970) 349-0366.

Decking the Halls: A Mountain Theatre Christmas Special – December 19-22 and 26-29 Directed by Brent Laney, this evening of holiday-related fun will keep you toasty warm with joy as we sing, dance, and sketch a winter wonderland on stage. You’ll experience scenes from plays like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas and hear beautiful songs such as “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.” An SNL skit might even appear. With all your local favorites performing this will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Performances at 7:30 p.m., with 4 p.m. matinees on December 22 and 29. $16 Adult, $14 Member, $10 Student. Mallardi Cabaret Theatre, 403 Second Street.

The Annual Golden Marmot Awards – January 24

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Review and celebrate another year of fantastic theatre with an award ceremony as only CBMT can put on. See how the voting turns out and which lucky community members will receive the Golden Marmot. With good atmosphere and entertainment, it’s sure to be a fun evening out. Mallardi Cabaret Theatre, 403 Second Street, Crested Butte.

Youth Theatre Production – February 12-13 It’s never too early to get on stage. Six to twelve-year-olds compose the acting core of this production. Mallardi Cabaret Theatre, 403 Second Street, Crested Butte.

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rowing up, my family had a tradition we called the Hansen Family Cup. This was back when skiing naked on the last day was still an actual thing. My family would gather at the top of the NASTAR course and individually proceed to make awful looking turns through the gates. For years the results were as predictable as the tides, Dad, Mom, my sister, with yours truly bringing up the rear. The year it all changed was the year my mom decided to take off her jacket. At that point we were somewhere near the end of the Reagan administration and the air was ripe with the anticipation of change. The Berlin wall would fall in a few years, Soviet Russia was collapsing, Michael Jackson apparently couldn’t stop loving me and the athletic hierarchy of my family was about to be turned upside down. What can I say, big things were happening. As I remember it was one of those normal Crested Butte winter days. Which is to say, it couldn’t have been any better. The sky took on the blue that only seems to exist in the upper East River Valley and the air was cold enough to warrant full coverage, but not so cold as to risk screaming children. We each took our first runs and all was not well. For everyone else. Somehow, I had managed to make it down the hill faster than any other family member. And my mother was parked firmly in last place. Firmly. We’re talking Jacksonville Jaguars levels. Upon our return to the top for the second heat my father, sister and I turned to see my mother removing her bulky coat and tying it around her waist. It wasn’t warm out, it was January at 10,000 feet. It was, as I have come to realize later in my life, an outward expression of my mother ’s inward efforts to shake off her aging self. Having convinced herself that the only way she could have finished last was by some freak

by Tyler Hansen

plot of aerodynamics against her, she did what any self respecting mother of two with a healthy dose of competitiveness would do, she stripped down. It was all for naught and in the end even removing her coat, which now flew outward from her waist like some sort of superhero midget’s cape, couldn’t save her. From then on, the children owned

competition comes in the form of a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old who primarily excel at creating mucus and messing up the spice drawer. For right now, I’m reasonably secure. But I hold no illusions that is going to last too terribly much longer. This town seems to breed children who are capable of doing terrifying things on a pair of skis. Have you seen

It wasn’t exactly this... but it was close

the titles in the family. OK, let’s be honest, I owned the titles in the family. And for the most part I still do. Although that’s kind of tricky. My wife rocks on a pair of skis. Watching her tear down the Headwall is the sexiest thing ever, though when I need to (and I never need to), I can still ditch her. But I can’t exactly lord that over her–not if I want to sleep in our bed that night. And my other

Aaron Blunck or David Chodounsky? If not, keep an eye out…probably on NBC, in February, in Russia. The children of Crested Butte are skiers, pure and simple. And my boys are going to grow up in the midst of that. Much like their father in middle school history class, they are going to be cursed with the same daydreams I was and their grades may suffer as a result. The specifics of the Louisiana Purchase elude me,

but I can recall the opening scene from Greg Stump’s License to Thrill in vivid detail. Just like myself, and my parents before me, my sons seem dedicated to skiing. Call it Crested Butte intuition. These kids were doomed from the start, there was no way they were going to decide they weren’t interested in skiing. Their dedication to it springs from someplace deep enough that it couldn’t have come from their parents. And that’s really saying something when you think about it. Skiing requires a healthy dose of dedication. Let’s be honest, no one is good at it right away, it’s inherent in the sport that you’re going to be cold, quite possibly very cold, and you need to take out a second mortgage to get a burger for lunch. Add on top of that the spectacle of publicly embarrassing yourself attempting to get on the lift. Or get off the lift. Or ride the lift. And then you fall. You probably fall again. And again. Then you’re wet. Then you’re even colder. Really, it’s amazing anyone ever goes skiing more than once. From those days of distraction as a kid, I now find myself in a very different place in life. Not geographically, of course. It is with incredible joy that I actually find myself in exactly the same place geographically as I once did. But for everything else, the tables are turned. I am now teaching my sons the balance and art that is skiing. It’s timing and grace and strength and the right amount of stupidity that all combine to make a recipe for the one of the best feelings you can get in this life. And the fundamental change that has occurred is that I no longer need to point my skis off the edge of Fredo’s to get the rush I once did. Instead, my stoke comes from seeing my three year old wend his way slowly down the bunny slope with a Texas-sized grin on his face. My years ahead will not be spent at Paradise Cliffs or Disgusting Trees, but on Houston and Mineral Point. I couldn’t be happier about that. And there will come a time when I will need as much help as I can get in order to keep up with my sons. I may even go so far as to lose my jacket in the middle of January.

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olks in Crested Butte know how to work, how to play, and definitely, how to eat. That fact is evident as you walk down Elk Avenue. After a full day of skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing, there is no shortage of extraordinary restaurants to choose from to relax, kick back, and enjoy a hearty meal. It’s a tough decision to make, “Where shall I eat tonight?” There are dozens of choices: great steaks, sushi, wild fish and game, vegetarian cuisine, tastes from around the world and locally grown Colorado products (including a wide variety of excellent Colorado wines) offer a diverse selection of exquisite options. Food aficionados will find bustling atmospheres, intimate settings, family-style dining and the favorite spots of locals, each offering up Western hospitality and superior customer service. Nature makes this mountain valley a wondrous playground for skiers and mountain bikers, and its chefs make it a similar playground for food enthusiasts. Dishes as divine as foie gras, prime aged steaks, and chocolate souffle are easy to come by in this tiny mountain enclave.

On the outside, Crested Butte’s historic downtown looks like a slightly splintery, authentic old mining town. But its century-old Victorian false fronts disguise the culinary sophistication waiting inside the restaurants scattered throughout town. Though fine dining opportunities abound in the Crested Butte area, there are plenty of local hangouts that boast three dozen different menus. Grab a taco or a burger, chill out, and enjoy a beer. You can sample food from around the globe—Mexican, Mediterranean, Old South, Italian, Asian, French and “All-American comfort food.” So kick back after a hearty winter’s day and sample everything from sushi to elk stew. Down a locallymade brew or sip from a variety of fine wines. Taste the delicate essence of fine herbs picked fresh from a wintery window garden or fill your belly with a massive buffalo burger. Mmmmmmm. Life doesn’t get any better than this. “It’s almost ridiculous how much great eating there is here,” said one satiated guest strolling down Elk Avenue. “Now I know why everyone’s so active around here; they have to work off all that good food.”


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in Crested Butte

Story by Megan Kelly | Photos by Kurt Reise and Alex Fenlon A town that comes to life with the onset of snow has a growing, mixed population of hard-core athletes, professionals, and bohemian free spirits, creating opportunities for unique cultural interactions. It’s in this little town that people come from all over the world to live and work and swear life-long loyalty to their Subarus. Here is an outline on how to perhaps spend three days in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte to get a feel for the unique flavor of Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town... Day One You had a late check-in after a flight into Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport the day before so you don’t mind giving yourself a few extra moments of rest as the morning light peeks in around the curtains of your Elevation Hotel windows. But you didn’t come here to sleep; this is the type of place where only the active are rewarded! cotinued on page 4

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So you make a fast break from the warmth of the room and grab a quick coffee at the Camp 4 Coffee station right next door in Mountaineer Square Village. Provided with the jolt of espresso you need and a buttery croissant, you watch the first wave of skiers and riders come down the mountain and decide ski lessons wouldn’t be such a bad idea! Acquiring your rental equipment from a patient and friendly staff at Flatiron Sports, you’re ready to ski. You wait a few minutes at the 10 a.m. line-up of ski school before a short, boisterous instructor comes tramping over in ski boots. Ciss, as she is known, is going to get you out on some runs you were hesitant to approach. Spending all morning with this mountain professional gives you the confidence to finally try a new run: International. Gliding behind Ciss, you find yourself grinning ear to ear as you meet the challenge of the terrain. Sun sparkling off every surface, sprays of snow with every turn! You just faced your fears of a Crested Butte black diamond—and you made it look good! After that incredible adrenaline burst you decide to try it again, only this time you finish with a shortcut over to Lower Keystone, bringing you right up to Uley’s Cabin for lunch. You bid a fond farewell as Ciss heads on down for another lesson and hop up into a seat at the ice bar—a bar that’s completely covered in icy snow! A regular next to you sees your fascination and doesn’t hesitate to tell you the bar used to be completely made of ice in years past. You decide to remain at the bar, though going inside for a toasty warm-up of fancier cuisine calls out to you. This friend also convinces you to get the buffalo chili. He did not steer you wrong! This chili is the creamy, delicious warmth that you’ve been craving and the warmth seems to reach all the way down into your chilled ski boots. Your new friend from the bar mentions needing a new pair of gloves and you go check out the mountain village at the base together. Around the village you spot some eateries and look through some shops with fun shirts and hats searching for those elusive, perfect gloves. You remember to purchase a photo from Sharpshooters of you standing at the top of the run with Ciss, complete with goofy grins. Of course you have to get the photo of you guys on a mug! The lifts close down and a lift-op recommends the Avalanche for dinner. Though quite a few people head to the Iron Horse Tap for a brewski or to the Brown Lab for a dollar slice, you trust the recommendation and step into the Avalanche. What a great atmosphere! Everyone is retelling the highlights of their day, watching a game of ice hockey, and stuffing their faces with heaping plates of The Avalanche’s signature loaded nachos. Ah, you think to yourself, the warmth of the fire at your table, a belly full of nachos and Colorado micro-brew beer and good company— what more could you ask from a beautiful mountain village? continued on next page

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Day Two This second morning you wake up with a new purpose: to conquer the town. You amble over to Mountaineer Square and hop on a large, mural-adorned Mountain Express bus as it pulls up and lets off a large gaggle of people, some of whom are already wearing their ski boots and others who are bundled tight, determined not to feel a temperature change from Texas. You climb on to find it relatively empty. Well, at least it will be a peaceful ride to town. Getting off at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four-wayâ&#x20AC;? Stop, the beginning of Elk Avenue, you peruse the varied shops and see many breakfast joints recommended to you by enthusiastic locals. Passing by McGillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s you think of their giant, fluffy pancakes and stellar poached eggs. Strolling by The Secret Stash you smell the wafting aromas of mouth-watering incredibly stuffed omelets but you eventually make your way to another local favorite, Izzyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Tucked behind the post office, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward to a late brunch as you step into this humble abode. Immediately you are greeted with a long line. You decide to give it a few minutes as you take stock of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coloring pages taped to the ceiling and the many mementos decorating the walls. After placing your order of the intriguing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Megan Mizzle Wrap,â&#x20AC;? you squeeze into a seat with a number of close table neighbors. Sipping at your coffee and enjoying good company, your wrap is ready all too soon. Avocado, pastrami, sprouts and more all wrapped up in a Chipotle tortilla. Ugh, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish this itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so monstrousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but you do. You totter back onto Elk Avenue with a full stomach and are ready for some souvenir shopping, making sure to stop at Pfister â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for some fun postcards, Shades for some durable sunglasses, the Gypsy Wagon for a cute book, and of course Mountain Tails for your dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drool-worthy cookies. From there you catch the bus again, because it comes every 15 minutes after all, and get off at the Nordic Center. You walk in, get a quick fit and map explanation and decide to head over to the Lower Red Lady Trailhead a couple blocks away. Hooee, pause for a moment in a drift and take in the views. Incredible. Snow gleams on every aspen branch, on every bush and rock with the occasional set of tracks on top from the long-tailed magpies. You continue on, leaving behind a sitzmarkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;okay, a lot of themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but each time you fall over into the powder laughing. Soon youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the rhythm of Nordic skiing down and start cruising with more time on the trail than on the side. After seeing the Butte from the different perspective of the Nordic trails, you head back to the main drag to get something to warm up your blood again. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sushi Bar & Grill with fresh Hamachi, or perhaps the spicy potato Calcutta Bowl at Pitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Paradise. But finally you settle on the relaxed Ginger CafĂŠ, where a cup of spicy Thom Yum Gung is irresistible. While you wait, the alarmingly tall bartender, Dan, mentions an Art Walk happening tonight.

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Art in this town is everywhere, says Kat, an artist moonlighting as a server. You figure you’d better at least check out one or two galleries. A few reach out for your attention with flags proclaiming the event—J.C. Leacock Photography or the paintings at Oh Be Joyful Gallery, but one in particular catches your eye: The Art Nest. A group of young creatives sit in the front window trying to grab your attention—you’re hooked. Up the stairs you are greeted with an array of separate workshops made of recycled windows and doors, each unit housing one or more artists and their creations of different mediums. Some you don’t quite “get,” but others you find intriguing. Though you’re at the closure of the event some of the artists take this opportunity to invite you along to the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. The group of artists brings you to an alley off of 3rd Street into a nondescript, dark cabin. But there is only warmth and light inside this true log cabin, where the bartender Kyle makes your first round of Poco Loco, a cocktail with a bit of habañero to complement the spicy soup you had for dinner. Everyone here is in good spirits and you chance a second cocktail, the Miso Thirsty. Delicious. You just can’t go wrong with any of these unique flavor combinations! Saying goodbyes, you walk out to the bus stop and catch the last bus back up to the Mountain Village to find your room again, content with an action-packed day. Day 3 You wake up late this last day and drink coffee out on your balcony with picture mug in hand, watching the skiers and snowboarders coast down to the Red Lady and Silver Queen Lifts. It’s hypnotizing but you must get back on the hill one more time. Two lift rides later you sit out on the deck of Ten Peaks by Painter Boy lift and enjoy a smooth Bloody Mary while watching the brave attempt to navigate the jumps, bumps, and boxes of the smaller terrain park. Cheering with the other patrons at the successes and wincing at the almosts, you take a couple runs off the smaller bumps yourself before heading back to the base area, return your gear through the super speedy lines this time at Peak Sports, and grab a quick shower back at your room. You’ve made an appointment at the Elevation Spa and are ready to continue relaxing. You arrive early and change into your robe to sit in the tranquility room. Soft music plays as you sit quieting your mind. You are then brought to a room with massage therapist, David. He begins with the classic Relaxation Massage, long strokes easing you into a deep calm. Still slightly unfocused, you slowly make your way to the steam room if only to prolong this restored repose. Today, you think, has been a success of relaxation. Though there are tempting dinner options like 9380 at the Elevation Hotel or Parisian-themed Sweet Spot serving nationally famed Secret Stash Pizza from town, you set up a reservation at django’s, a tapas restaurant with wines lining the walls and an open kitchen to entertain. Tony, the experienced bartender, is quick to say the Brussels sprouts are the signature dish. Once they’ve arrived, you understand why. So many elements to one dish! Pistachios, balsamic vinegar, fuji apples, flashfried Brussels sprouts. You consume it all by yourself but it’s acceptable, because they’re vegetables after all. You finish your meal with a melt-inyour-mouth chocolate cake, thank Tony for the Blackberry Manhattans, and catch the bus to town for a show at the Center for the Arts. You arrive at the Move the Butte performance, hand in your ticket and take your seat. The lights dim and the first act of many begins. This small town has somehow managed to present a wide array of dance styles, including hip hop, Afro hip hop, contemporary, swing, ballet, and even aerial hoops and silks. The performance finishes in a flash of talent, entertaining for all ages. Even the kids stayed quiet in mesmerized excitement! You catch the bus again back to the Elevation Hotel and have no trouble falling asleep, replaying the dances in your mind. You smile as you drift off thinking, what a perfect three days in Crested Butte!

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or some, the ski trip experience is as much about the party as it is on-snow fun. For those that like to keep carving it up long after the lifts close, there are a number of bars in downtown Crested Butte that serve ‘til the wee hours. The Eldo Brewery & Tap Room, upstairs next to the Post Office is a great place to sample some tasty home brews. On any given night, there are five or more to choose from. During the season, the Eldo will host some fairly well known bands three or more times a week that typically start at 10 p.m. They also have a pool table and foosball table for your gaming needs. The Kitchen restaurant, located inside the bar, serves pub-style food like burgers and sandwiches, and a bunch of apps, from 3 p.m.10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Eldo is open until 2 a.m. most nights. A few more steps up Elk you can find Kochevar ’s, a historic Crested Butte saloon that has withstood generations of drinkers. Two pool tables host billiards tournaments each week. You can also enjoy a dart or foosball game while you are there. Don’t forget to ask about Butch Cassidy’s infamous visit to the bar. Kochevar ’s is open until 2 a.m. most nights. The Talk of the Town, just in from the corner of Third and Elk is a bar for the more boisterous crowd. They have two pool tables upstairs, darts, foosball, video games and a juke box. The upstairs bar also opens on busier nights. A full night of comedy and fun can be had at the Talk. The Princess Wine Bar is probably the most intimate of the late night venues. Located on the south side of Elk between Second and Third streets, the Princess offers live acoustic music with some favorite local musicians about three nights per week. Enjoy specialty martinis and a fresh atmosphere at the Princess. Stop in across the Post Office for some local rum at the new home of Montanya Distillers. The Montanya tasting room has an extensive drink menu and homemade appetizers. Downstairs on the northeast corner of Third and Elk is the LoBar. On the weekends they have DJ’s spinning music and funky dance parties. Karaoke happens every Thursday if you want your chance in the spotlight—singers are

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given free sake. The dimly lit atmosphere, comfortable couches and pillows make the LoBar an inviting locale. In the alley behind the Post Office is the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. It’s a miner ’s shack turned into a “cocktail cabin.” They offer house-infused artisan cocktails and unique small plates. Check out one of town’s hippest renovations and a rosemary infused vodka martini while you’re at it. Of course almost all of the restaurants in town have great bars to enjoy, which are open earlier in the evening and will close by 9 or 10 p.m. If you are wondering what’s going on at any place around town, check out the billboards located in front of the post office, at Clark’s Market and various other places around town. You can also check out the community calendar and music calendars in each week’s issue of the Crested Butte News. The Mountain Express is a free shuttle that runs between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. It runs until about midnight every night of the week so you can be a responsible drinker. You can see the full schedule on page 34 of the Visitor ’s Guide. The town taxi can also be contacted for a limited number of rides when the Mountain Express stops running. And remember to drink plenty of water. Alcohol has a greater effect on EVERYONE up here at 8,885 feet above sea level. Have fun and be safe out there.


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Mountain towns are known for many thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;beautiful vistas, deep snow, friendly localsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but Crested Butte Nordic knows that more than any of these amenities, what visitors and residents treasure are the memories they make here. CB Nordic has mastered the art of unique moments with moonlight dinners at their Magic Meadows Yurt. Just a mile from the trailhead, the yurt provides a warm, cozy dining room amid towering pines and majestic peaks. Pair the incredible landscape with a five-course meal prepared by private chef Josephine Kellett and these dinners are not just memorable. They are unforgettable. While the mile-long ski or snowshoe into the yurt isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strenuous, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something magical about traveling the trails at night. The snow glows beneath the full moon. The mountains are outlined distinctly against the sky. Rounding a bend in the trees a warm speck of light beckons in the distance. As skiers approach, the light becomes more distinct, the yurt takes shape. Leaving the cold, darkness behind, guests enter the glow. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm from the wood stove; the wood floors gleam. Smiling servers welcome guests, offering a glass of wine and appetizers. Somehow, just at that moment, there is always some delectable aroma emerging from the kitchen. A portable round shelter with wood floors and canvas walls, a yurt is the traditional home of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unlikely place for fine dining, but here in CB, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made the setting work to their advantage. For CB Nordic, the yurt has meant the chance to show off the trails, get people out of doors, and provide a truly unique experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision for the moonlight dinners began when the yurt was donated in 2007,â&#x20AC;? said executive director Keith Bauer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a lot of hut trips and been to dinners at other backcountry locations, and I thought, wowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now we could do that here.â&#x20AC;? Dinner is a plated, seated affair, with up to forty people dining together in mixed parties. Some guests come in groups of six or more, others solo or in pairs. Inevitably, everyone finds something to talk about. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ski in, the food, or the round shape and warm atmosphere, the yurt seems to draw people together. The dinners have become so popular that the schedule has expanded to 10 this year, starting on December 21 with a Winter Solstice Dinner and concluding on March 15 with a Full Moon Dinner. The culinary goodness throughout the season will include Steak Au Poivre, Encrusted Filet of Salmon, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Paradise Chicken with High Mountain Bacon Jam. The cost is $70 for adults and $35 for children (under age 12) and includes a trail pass and equipment rental; alcohol and gratuity are extra. For the New Year â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Yurt Dinner & Party, the pricing and times are slightly different. Visit or call (970) 349-1707. CB Nordic is a world-class destination Nordic ski area, offering breathtaking views and the best cross-country skiing in Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high country. It offers 55 km of groomed Nordic trails, as well as guided tours, ski lessons, snowshoeing, a covered ice skating rink, and dining in the ski-to backcountry yurt. CB Nordic is located at the corner of 2nd and Whiterock, in the historic mining town and renowned skiing destination of Crested Butte, CO. For more information visit

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a new season of festivities at Crested Butte Nordic's

Backcountry YurT

Mountain towns are known for many thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;beautiful vistas, deep snow, friendly localsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but Crested Butte Nordic knows that more than any of these amenities, what visitors and residents treasure are the memories they make here. CB Nordic has mastered the art of unique moments with moonlight dinners at their Magic Meadows Yurt. Just a mile from the trailhead, the yurt provides a warm, cozy dining room amid towering pines and majestic peaks. Pair the incredible landscape with a five-course meal prepared by private chef Josephine Kellett and these dinners are not just memorable. They are unforgettable. While the mile-long ski or snowshoe into the yurt isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strenuous, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something magical about traveling the trails at night. The snow glows beneath the full moon. The mountains are outlined distinctly against the sky. Rounding a bend in the trees a warm speck of light beckons in the distance. As skiers approach, the light becomes more distinct, the yurt takes shape. Leaving the cold, darkness behind, guests enter the glow. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warm from the wood stove; the wood floors gleam. Smiling servers welcome guests, offering a glass of wine and appetizers. Somehow, just at that moment, there is always some delectable aroma emerging from the kitchen. A portable round shelter with wood floors and canvas walls, a yurt is the traditional home of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unlikely place for fine dining, but here in CB, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made the setting work to their advantage. For CB Nordic, the yurt has meant the chance to show off the trails, get people out of doors, and provide a truly unique experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision for the moonlight dinners began when the yurt was donated in 2007,â&#x20AC;? said executive director Keith Bauer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a lot of hut trips and been to dinners at other backcountry locations, and I thought, wowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now we could do that here.â&#x20AC;? Dinner is a plated, seated affair, with up to forty people dining together in mixed parties. Some guests come in groups of six or more, others solo or in pairs. Inevitably, everyone finds something to talk about. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ski in, the food, or the round shape and warm atmosphere, the yurt seems to draw people together. The dinners have become so popular that the schedule has expanded to 10 this year, starting on December 21 with a Winter Solstice Dinner and concluding on March 15 with a Full Moon Dinner. The culinary goodness throughout the season will include Steak Au Poivre, Encrusted Filet of Salmon, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Paradise Chicken with High Mountain Bacon Jam. The cost is $70 for adults and $35 for children (under age 12) and includes a trail pass and equipment rental; alcohol and gratuity are extra. For the New Year â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Yurt Dinner & Party, the pricing and times are slightly different. Visit or call (970) 349-1707. CB Nordic is a world-class destination Nordic ski area, offering breathtaking views and the best cross-country skiing in Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high country. It offers 55 km of groomed Nordic trails, as well as guided tours, ski lessons, snowshoeing, a covered ice skating rink, and dining in the ski-to backcountry yurt. CB Nordic is located at the corner of 2nd and Whiterock, in the historic mining town and renowned skiing destination of Crested Butte, CO. For more information visit

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Coal Creek Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to serve fresh delicious food with impeccable service in a warm & friendly atmosphere. Casual dining that is fun for families, friends or a romantic dinner. Open Daily: Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


Crested Butteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 Choice for affordable lodging. Stay Downtown & experience all Crested Butte has to offer.



Vegetarian Dishes â&#x20AC;˘ Gyros Chicken, Smoked Turkey, Tofu, Falafel, BBQ Pulled Pork & Reuben Pitas Hummus & Pita Nachos â&#x20AC;˘ Salads â&#x20AC;˘ Shakes AWESOME KIDS MENU NEW BAR MENU: Burgers, Sliders, Potato Skins, Wings photos by

Kurt Reise

Visit our SOUP BAR HAPPY HOUR DAILY 3-6 P.M. $1 PBRs, $2 Wells, $2 Beam Shots, $3 Drafts Drink Specials â&#x20AC;˘ Outdoor Patio â&#x20AC;˘ Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Odellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewing on Tap

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on the mountain


he snow was phenomenal, you made a breakthrough in your ability to swoosh with gravity and your adrenaline is soaring. There is a smile on your face and you are ready to relax with a warm hot chocolate or a tasty adult beverage and a delicious bite to eat. Mt. Crested Butte offers a diverse collection of après ski establishments at the base of the slopes for any age or taste. The après menus around the base area range from no-frills offerings like a $1 PBR and a shot, to a glass of fine wine and gourmet appetizers. Extra points for wearing your boots and baselayers past 5 p.m. For ‘drive-in’ convenience, as you ski down Warming House Hill and past the lifts pull up in front of Butte 66, located on the front side of the Treasury Building. They sport a big bar, expansive deck, lots of seating and serve American cuisine. They have live music on stage several times a week throughout the winter. Shot specials vary throughout the après hours depending on which liquor their famous “spin-ski” lands. Also, next door, the renovated Treasury Center has pizza and a bevy of options offered on the top floor. Another drive-by option, the Brown Labrador Pub and Bakery, is to your right above Colorado FreeSkier. Hit it up as you ski your last run (or your first if that’s how you roll). They have beer on tap, drink specials, baked goods, pizza slices and on warmer days they grill burgers and dogs on the deck. As you exit the snow and head out toward Mountaineer Square, the Avalanche Bar & Grill is located past the Treasury building and across from the Adventure Park. Their happy hour features signature drinks like the Avalanche Warning and Painkiller. If you want to catch your favorite team in action, every seat in the house has views of the

flat screen HD TVs located on nearly every wall. They have lots of beer on tap, daily drink specials and pizza slices. On the skier’s left side of the base area is the deck of 9380 Prime, part of the Elevation Hotel. They have an outside bar with a fire pit on the deck to keep you warm after a day on the slope. There is a modern indoor bar as well with daily drink specials. django’s is located in the Mountaineer Square courtyard. You can enjoy an extensive wine menu, creative cocktails and “small plates” in a slightly mellower, more intimate après ski setting. django’s hosts live music on occasions throughout the winter. The newest establishment to hit the base area is the Sweet Spot. Part period bar, part arcade, part general store — it’s a place you can bring the family. Located inside the Lodge at Mountaineer Square is Trackers Bar & Lounge. Their cozy fireplace, couches and lounge-style seating creates a very snug and slightly more upscale environment for those cold winter days. Trackers is famous for their “Das Boot” which is a very large draught beer of your choice in a fancy glass boot. Also inside the Lodge at Mountaineer Square is Camp4Coffee. Along with a tasty mocha, latte or baked good, you can spice up your caffeine craving with some Irish whiskey or Bailey’s. Across the courtyard where the buses stop is the Grand Lodge, inside you can find the Woodstone Grille. There is a warm fireplace and plenty of seats at the bar and in the lounge to enjoy some after skiing food and beverages. At the end of the day, après is for everyone, and there’s no better time to reel through the day’s adventures, and get pumped up for another day on the hill. Whatever you fancy after a perfect day in Crested Butte can be found quite literally at your ski tips.

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Tips for a

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• Don’t forget to drink a lot of water. At this high altitude, alcohol kicks in quite a bit faster. • Put your dancing shoes on. The streets of Crested Butte can get extremely slick. So if you’re getting ready for a night on the town, leave the heels at home. • Catch a free ride on the Mountain Express. Cut out the schedule on page 34 in the first section and get to town and back to your lodging establishment on one of the painted buses. • Getting ready for a night out on the town in sub-zero temperatures takes a lot of layers. Coats, hats and gloves are absolutely necessary—even

when you’re planning on spending your night inside. The trip from the bus to your destination can get chilly. • Before you head home for the night, double-check your belongings to make sure you left with everything you came in with. • Check out the Crested Butte News’ Weekly section and weekly calendar to find out about all the happenings while you’re in town. • Aprés ski bands tend to start at 3:30 p.m. and wrap by 6 p.m. Bands in the evening typically start at 10 p.m. and pack up by 1:30 a.m. • Have fun out there.

Three A’s of Altitude Adjustment The Town of Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,885’ above sea level and Mt. Crested Butte at 9,400’. Though these altitudes are only considered “moderate,” they do leave our sweet air seemingly shy on a couple of critical ingredients … namely oxygen and water. Agua. Agua. Agua. At 8000’ or higher, and less for flatlanders, there’s no such thing as too much water. Normal moisture loss increases both in a dry air climate like ours and also with increased activity. It’s a double whammy that needs to be compensated for with increased intake. At the International Sportsmedicine Institute’s recommendation, one should consume *at least* one half ounce of water per pound of body weight a day. For a 150 lb. body, that’s about ten 8 oz. glasses of water per day. At least. Remember caffeine and alcohol do not hydrate but in fact do the opposite.

Acclimate. Take it in stages. You may be tempted to throw yourself and your full energy into the activities here in our valley on day number one. But to compensate without discomfort for the missing oxygen at this altitude, it would be prudent to proceed in planned steps -- particularly ascents -- and to make other gradual adjustments. Another simple adjustment would be to start your trip here with smaller meals high in carbs … grains, pasta, fruit, vegetables … with snacks in between. Awareness. Be aware of self-care. When the atmosphere is less dense, your skin and eyes need more protection than usual. And don’t forget the kids. In a dry climate, your lips, nasal passages and cuticles need to be kept moist. Above all, be proactive. Water, water, water. Acclimatization. Awareness.

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t’s a fairy tale come true... a stunningly graceful bride glides down an aisle attended by little gossamer flower girls and arrives at her soon-to-be husband’s side as a multitude of family and friends smile on... but this wedding is distinctively different—the backdrop is a paradise of surrounding vertical peaks, whether cloaked in white or a carpet of wildflowers against an unbelievable bluebird sky. Crested Butte’s beauty, along with its service and local charm, is quickly becoming a favorite wedding destination. This community is home to many destination weddings every year, and local wedding planners can provide everything to make the couple’s special day a magical event to remember, from arranging all the details to offering a la carte services. These services include securing deejays, and table, chair, linen and china rentals; identifying ceremony and reception locations; selecting florists and caterers; and planning rehearsal dinners and group outings. Planners can even help with the selection of a minister, priest, rabbi or judge to preside over the ceremony, and the acquisition of a marriage license from the county. “Over the years, we’ve adopted a small town attitude of individual care and concern that makes you more like an old friend and less like a client,” says wedding planner Rachael Gardner and owner of Crested Butte Events. “But don’t let our laid-back ways fool you; we’ve got big city experience and everything you need to pull off the wedding of your dreams whether it is for 25 or 300.” Wedding photographer Alison White agrees, “Brides and grooms are often im-

pressed by the high quality of the services they receive. People get more than they are expecting here.” With many indoor and outdoor locations for weddings and receptions, sweethearts have many options available from which to choose. The Mountain Wedding Garden is one of many such locales. Located in the heart of wildflower country, the Garden features breathtaking views and a picture-perfect setting, all secluded from the nearby town of Mt. Crested Butte. A flagstone aisle leads out to large vows area that, in the summer months, is surrounded by greenery and wildflower gardens, all of which overlook the soaring peaks of the Rockies. No matter the season, there are awe-inspiring views everywhere you turn, ensuring that the memories and photos will be as beautiful as the bride on her wedding day will. What makes Crested Butte such a magical place to get married? Wedding photographer Alex Fenlon explains, “It’s the variety of scenery we have. There are so many unique settings to be married in, anywhere from high meadows ringed with peaks to riverside sites to aspen forests.” It’s not just the wedding day that makes this area special. Musician Tyler Hansen who plays at weddings here says, “The unique range of opportunities for the wedding party and guests is a great feature of Crested Butte. The wedding will be beautiful no matter what.” He continues, “But the days leading up to and following the big day can be packed with hiking, biking, rafting, climbing or a number of other amazing activities.” For more information, visit www.

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dining. 1. Bacchanale Italian Kitchen

209 Elk Avenue, Downtown Crested Butte. (970) 349-5257. Bacchanale introduces artisanal Italian fare to Crested Butte, from Kate & Chris Ladoulis who opened django’s in 2008. Our inventive and seasonal menu features the lighter side of Italian with unique presentation and flavors. Whether you have time for a quick bite to eat and a glass of wine or can spend an evening with your friends and family on the balcony, Bacchanale can be your everyday place. Open everyday at 5PM. Reservations accepted at

2. Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub

Enjoy our 30 craft beers on tap on the Best patio in town. Featuring pizza-by-the-slice, deep dish & thin crust specialty pizzas.  Serving STUMPTOWN Coffee and food every morning at 7.  Gluten-free crust and non-dairy cheese available.  Appetizers, subs, juicy burgers and the best salad bar in town with over 30 fresh items and homemade dressings.  Watch your favorite sports on one of our large HDTVs and enjoy NFL specials on food and beer.  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served everyday from 7a.m. til 10p.m.  Dine in, take-out, take & bake and FREE DELIVERY on all menu items, (970) 349-5044. Come visit us Downtown, the locals hang-out for over 20 years.

3. Buckaroo Beanery

601 6th St. next to True Value. Internet Café. Wake up with freshly brewed coffee roasted in the Northern Italian tradition guaranteeing freshness & great taste. Enjoy a cup of espresso, cappuccino, mocha, latte, chai, or loose-leaf tea. We make the best smoothies in the West. Get breakfast on the go, or enjoy our Latte Loft featuring high-speed Internet, used books, games and periodicals. Menu items include fresh bagel sandwiches, pastries, burritos, deep-dish pizza slices, sandwiches, desserts and soft serve ice cream. Open everyday and every night. Weekdays from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Weekends from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (970) 349-5252.

4. Camp4Coffee

Denver Post says, “Best Coffee in Colorado”. “Best of the Butte” award every year. Stop by our historic license plate coal shed- the most photographed place in town and see for yourself! Locally roasted and fresh every day. Take a bag home! We ship all over to satisfied customers. We ship for FREE when you buy 5 pounds.

5. Coal Creek Grill

“Colorado Mountain Cuisine” Known for our delicious meals, we offer casual dining with a fresh exciting menu that has something for everyone. Come try one of our signature entrees including such favorites as Colorado Lamb T-Bones, Rainbow Trout, Buffalo Tomahawk Steak or Venison Tenderloin. Our delicious Smoked Chicken Wings and Colorado Sliders are not to be missed. We also have great salads, a delicious Southwestern Black Bean Falafel in addition to our Fabulous Burgers & Sandwiches. Our very popular breakfast includes Texas Hash and Eggs & our world famous Southwest Benny. Best kids menu in C.B. Check out our website for specials & happy hour! Visit or call (970) 349-0236. Located on Elk & 2nd, right across from the “Old Town Hall Bus Stop.”

6. Donita's Cantina

Donita’s Cantina is dedicated to making ridiculously great made-fromscratch fresh food and equally excellent margaritas, at an attractive price, ensuring that our customers are the happiest on earth. Whether you are local to Crested Butte or just passing through, please come join us! Located in the heart of downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue, our casual, colorfully decorated Mexican eatery has been family owned and operated since 1980. Relax with the friendly service, sip on a famous fresh lime margarita and enjoy Donita’s legendary salsa and chips which are always included with any meal. The Cantina menu features ample portions of flavorful Fajitas, Enchiladas, Burritos, Chimichangas, Tacos and Tostadas. Entrees are filled with slow-cooked shredded beef, pulled pork, carne asada, marinated grilled chicken, gourmet veggies and smothered in our Spicy Green Chile or Red Chile Molido Sauces. Our best seller is our nightly dinner special, a unique creation that always gets rave reviews.  Donita’s desserts are made in-house and are the best in Crested Butte, a must if you have any room left. Margarita Happy Hour Nightly!  KID and SENIOR FRIENDLY!  Donita’s Cantina is one of the largest venues in Crested Butte, ideal for large parties. We accept reservations for groups of 8 or more. To Go Call (970) 349-7373! For up to date info, Full Menu, CantinaCam webcam, Gift Certificates go to (970) 349-6674. Located at 330 Elk Avenue, Downtown Crested Butte.

7. Eldo - The Kitchen

The Kitchen in The Eldo serves bar food: burgers, homemade veggie burgers, sandwiches, salads and hand-cut fries. Enjoy some delicious food with your libations. Open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (970) 349-6125.

8. Ginger Cafe

Our pan-Asian menu includes Thai, Indian and our own fusion creations. We are committed to serving you farm fresh organic produce and meat, ensuring our dishes are the freshest and of the highest quality. The full bar includes many popular signature cocktails including the mango-ginger mojito and house-infused ginger martini. Join us for a truly unique dining experience! Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 425 Elk Ave., (970) 349-7291.

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9. Historic Princess Wine Bar and Coffee House

Relax with your friends in style. Come enjoy tapas, appetizers, a full bar, delectable desserts, unique wines by the glass and singlemalt scotches. Live entertainment nightly. For the morning crowd as well as the afternoon crowd, enjoy cappuccinos, espressos, and pastries. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. daily. 218 Elk Avenue, across from the Post Office. (970) 349-0210.

10. Kochevar's Saloon

Kochevar’s Saloon. A piece of Crested Butte history. Come join us for great Beer, Whiskey, Cocktails, delicious pub fare and an ambiance that can’t be beat! Open seven days and nights a week, and serving food until very, very late in the evening! Come relax with us after your Crested Butte Adventure and enjoy Crested Butte’s oldest Saloon! Like us on Facebook! (970) 349-1388

11. Last Steep Bar & Grill

Voted Crested Butte’s Best Bloody Mary and Best Burger. Voted best Margarita ’05. A true Crested Butte Original named after one of our favorite ski runs on the mountain. The Steep’s specialties include freshly made salads, awesome appetizers, sumptuous sandwiches, fine desserts and the coldest beer in town. We’ll take care of those late night no-food blues. We are a smoke-free environment; however, we do have a smoking deck and patio for warmer months. Check out our daily “chalkboard specials”. Weekly specials include Build Your Own Bloody Marys on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free WiFi. We’ll meet you at the Steep! Open daily at 11 a.m. til late, located in downtown Crested Butte at 208 Elk Avenue. (970) 349-7007. Check out our website:

12. Le Bosquet

Breathtaking views and mouth watering food since 1976...and just getting better. Now offering many of our entrees also in smaller portions! Entrees include a nightly fresh fish special, rack of lamb in a red wine garlic sauce, hazelnut chicken in an orange thyme cream sauce, elk tenderloin with jumbo scallops, and of course our steak frites with the world’s best french fries. Vegetarian entrees,  small and large cheese fondues(the kids love it!), a 20 item small plate menu, crisp salads, great soups and break-your-diet desserts add to your choices.  Quality, consistency and friendliness are our trademarks.  A full bar and Wine Spectator award-winning wine list will round out an evening to remember.  A three course twilight menu and children’s options are also available. Open nightly at 5:30 p.m. Reservations helpful. (970) 349-5808. 6th and Belleview in Majestic Plaza. Ample parking and at the bus stop.

13. Lil's Sushi Bar & Grill

Crested Butte’s One and Only Sushi Bar Open Nightly at 5:30pm. Offering a nightly Happy Hour at the Sushi Bar and Bar only. We are a casual “family friendly” restaurant that promises to provide you with an incredible dining experience. Although we are known as having the best sushi in town, we offer an array of seafood and meat entrees, as well as options for the kids! Our fish is of the highest quality, flown in 6 days a week and on our doorstep within 24 hours from the docks- it doesn’t get any fresher than that in the Rockies!!! Reservations are recommended but not necessary. Private parties and catering are available. Visit lilssushibarandgrill. com or call (970) 349-5457. Located in the Historic District @ 321 Elk Ave.

14. Marchitelli's Gourmet Noodle

Join your host Michael, for traditional, regional Italian cuisine passed down to Michael from his grandmother. In our cozy, relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy dishes ranging from unique pasta and sauce combinations to seafood, veal, chicken and elk. Gourmet homemade desserts and a full bar and wine list. Open nightly from 5 p.m. Downtown C.B. Reservations recommended (970) 349-7401.

15. Maxwells

Join us at the premier steak house in town. Hand cut highest quality Steaks, Pastas, Fish, Lamb Chops, Elk, Pork Chops, Fresh Garden Salads, Buffalo Burgers, Sandwiches and much more. A great buccaroos menu for the kids including a make your own ice cream sundae. Wines from around the world and a vast array of imported and domestic beers. Cozy up to the fireplace in the heart of Elk Avenue. Come watch your favorite sporting events on our HD TV’s. Perfect for large groups and right in the heart of Crested Butte! (970) 349-1221.

16. Mikey's Pizza

Everybody loves Mikey’s Pizza! We offer pizza by the slice, specialty pies, pasta, oven baked sandwiches, fresh salads and a variety of appetizers. We also serve breakfast all day with fatty breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches. Located across from the Nordic center and ice rink, you can come pick it up or let us deliver to you. We are open 7 days a week. Delivery every night at 5 p.m. Mikey’s pizza slices and breakfast burritos are also sold at True Value. A full menu can be viewed on our website at Call it in for quicker pick up. (970) 349-1110. Need help with a dinner party? We also cater. continued on page 14

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17. Montanya Distillers

22. Soupcon

Montanya Distillers is a working rum distillery and rum bar. The public is welcome for free tastings, distillery tours, artisan rum cocktails, appetizers, to purchase bottles and merchandise, and just to just pop in to look around. We are located at 212 Elk Avenue in downtown CB, open 7 days a week year round. (970) 799-3206.

Soupçon is a romantic petite bistro located just off Elk Avenue on Second Street behind Kochevar’s Bar. We feature traditional French technique using local ingredients married with the finest cuisine from around the world. Please call for a reservation for an unforgettable experience in one of the most picturesque settings in the country. Seatings at 6:00 and 8:15 nightly. (970) 349-5448.

18. Mountain Earth Organic Grocer

Mountain Earth is a small organic grocery store with a big heart. We offer many fresh and healthy to go foods. Our hot vegetarian soups are made fresh daily. Combine one with a half sandwich for a hearty lunch. We make many gluten free baked goods along with our classic healthy, fruit laden muffins. Mountain Earth also makes raw treats such as coconut macaroons with a twist. We have housemade hummus, vegetarian sushi roll ups, and fresh salads all ready to grab and go. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 405 4th Street. (970) 349-5132. Come check out our recently expanded grab and go section!

23. Teocalli Tamale

Tasty margaritas, handmade tamales, a great selection of burritos and tacos, affordable prices and lightning-fast award-winning service…what more could you ask for? Our fresh salsas range from a mild pico style to our hot, spicy chipotle. Burritos feature slow-cooked spicy beef, grilled steak, chicken or fajitas to our Thai burrito. Try our specialties like our baja fish tacos or tamale plate, fresh lime margaritas and a wide array of Mexican beers. Many gluten-free options. Dine in, take-out. Located at 311 1/2 Elk Avenue. Open Everyday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.-ish. (970) 349-2005.

19. Pitas in Paradise – Bar and Grill

Come See Our New Location! Gyros, fresh made hummus and baba gannoush, Greek and tahini salads, and the town’s best fries! Try our new Reuben Pita and BBQ Pulled Pork Pita! GREAT KIDS MENU! Great bar menu with burgers, sliders and chicken wings. Finish with a delectable homemade dessert like the baklava or decadent milkshake! Serving lunch and dinner every day starting at 11:00am.  Pita’s has the best happy hour prices around… Every day from 3-6pm, come on in for $1 PBR, $3 Micro Drafts, $2 Well Cocktails, and great specials on food! We have four big screen TVs to watch all your sporting events! Open Mic Night every Monday evening at 9:00 pm. Enjoy all of this and much more on our awesome sunny patio on the corner of 3rd and Elk. Call (970) 349-0897 FOR TAKE-OUT.

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24. Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream

Third Bowl is truly homemade ice cream, made from scratch, in small batches, here in Crested Butte. Third Bowl offers a mix of traditional and innovative flavors, in scoops, floats, shakes and custom ice cream cakes. 403 4th Street in Crested Butte. (970) 349-2888.

25. West End Public House

Come visit us at Crested Butte’s first Gastropub! We offer “elevated” comfort food at affordable prices and the ONLY house smoked BBQ in CB.  Dine with us in our welcoming dining rooms, at our large comfortable bar which features 4 HDTVs, while we serve you Fresh Oysters, Great Salads, Gourmet Hamburgers and Sandwiches, Creative Entrees with Nightly Fresh Seafood Specials, Wonderful cuts of Beef, Game, Lamb, not to mention our famous Chicken and Waffles, and much more!  We also offer a great kids menu.  We feature Colorado, Regional, and Global Craft Beers as well as an eclectic Wine list and great Specialty cocktails.  Come and join us for your favorite sporting event as well as X-box Kinect games on our 8ft. digital screen, or come enjoy our pool and ping pong tables- Fun For the Whole Family!  We can accommodate large groups, private parties, weddings and conferences in private dining areas.  Serving Dinner nightly @ 5pm with nightly food and drink specials.  Serving Brunch on the weekends starting at 10am. Located at 201 Elk Ave (corner of 2nd and Elk downtown) (970) 349-5662 westendpublichouse. com. 

20. Ryce Asian Bistro

Born from more than 40 years of combined restaurant experience, Ryce brings the best and greatest variety of Asian foods to Crested Butte. Specialties from Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as sakes, champagne, and creative martinis; a casual atmosphere with patio and riverside dining available. Open Daily, Lunch and Dinner @ 120 Elk Avenue. (970) 349-9888.

21. Slogar

Slogar serves delicious skillet-fried chicken and grilled steak dinners, using a recipe famous for great flavor since 1915. Hospitality at the historic Slogar includes family style service in comfortable and unique Victorian surroundings. Enjoy the generous portions and the modest price of the Slogar’s sensational skillet-fried chicken with all the trimmings. Open nightly 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Full drink menu and excellent wine list plus a selection of specialty beers on tap. Reservations highly recommended. Located on the corner of Second & Whiterock, Crested Butte. (970) 349-5765.

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Offering already prepared foods so.......Why Cook?! Easily microwaveable or oven-heated meals are available in generous single portions from $6.99. Please call ahead for larger quantities. Lasagnas, stroganoff, shepherd’s pie, chicken Parmesan, and meatloaf are some favorite standards.  You will also find a variety of salads as well as gourmet cheeses and pâtés, all natural deli meats, fresh and frozen soups, breads and desserts.  Design your own sandwich or choose a specialty sandwich for here or one for the road.  Open Monday-Saturday from 11-7. 6th and Belleview, in Majestic Plaza next to Le Bosquet. Ample parking and at the bus stop. (970) 3495858. Check out the Why Cook?! link at www.lebosquetrestaurant. com

27. Wooden Nickel - Bar and Steakhouse

Great steaks and historic Crested Butte are brought together at the iconic Wooden Nickel. One of a few remaining original ski town bars, the Nickel is known for serving the best steaks in town since 1981. The Nickel specializes in USDA Prime graded, tender Filet Mignon, N.Y. Strip, Rib Eyes and famous, succulent Prime Rib. Our menu additionally features Elk Tenderloin, Rack of Elk, Alaskan King Crab, BBQ Pork Ribs, Pork and Lamb Chops, Colorado Rack of Lamb, fresh grilled seafood and fresh garden salads. The largest and best Burgers, Buffalo Burgers and Chicken Fried Steak add to your menu choices. Giant Lobster Tails and a variety of Surf and Turf specials are available nightly. The historic bar offers a wide range of Martinis, your favorite liquors and, to complement your meal, a select wine list at attractive prices. Please join us for your special evening out at Crested Butte’s oldest bar and best steakhouse. Classic yet casual. Bar opens at 4:00 with Happy Hour til 6:00. Dinner til 10:00. 222 Elk Ave. Downtown Crested Butte. Open year-round. (970) 349-6350.

Mt. Crested Butte 9380 Spirits & Food with Altitude

Elevation Hotel, Mt. Crested Butte. A contemporary spin on the ski lodge. Serving something for everyone, all with subtle twists to intrigue your palate and keep you coming back for more. The large deck with its slopeside fire pit and outdoor bar is the perfect location for an après drink. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For reservations, call (970) 349-5891 or go to

Avalanche Bar & Grill

The Avalanche Bar & Grill is located at the base of the ski area in Mt. Crested Butte. We feature lunch and dinner daily with huge sandwiches, colossal salads, homemade soups, pizza, a great kids’ menu, delectable desserts and all your favorite comfort foods. Don’t miss the nightly dinner specials starting at 5 p.m. We celebrate happy hour from 3-6 p.m. daily with cheap drinks and marvelous munchies. Dine in or take out. Serving 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. (970) 349-7195. www.

Butte 66 Roadhouse Bar and Grille

(970) 349-2999. Treasury Building, Mt. Crested Butte. Experience American cuisine at its finest with our classic roadhouse menu, burgers and shakes. Enjoy the casual fun atmosphere complemented by daily drink specials, live music and a large outdoor deck with unbeatable views. Serving lunch, après ski and twilight dinner daily.


Mountaineer Square. (970) 349-7574. Dinner TuesSun 5-10 p.m. Nationally recognized, django’s takes you on a culinary adventure of seasonal, globally inspired small plates. Add an extensive wine list, courtyard dining and weekly live music, and you won’t want to miss it.

Ice Bar at Uley's Cabin

On-mountain, Mt. Crested Butte, CO. Enjoy the warm ambiance and culinary excellence of Uley’s Cabin for lunch. Serving exceptional lunches and signature drinks at our legendary bar made out of ice outside. At night, embark on an epicurean dining adventure. Enjoy a starlit ride in a snowcat-drawn open sleigh to a charming cabin in the woods, then delight in a gourmet dinner. For dinner reservations, call (970) 349-2275, stop by the Adventure Center or go to www.skicb. com/uleys


Breezeway Mountaineer Square. Jefe’s is Mt. Crested Butte’s spot for an on-the-go lunch, conveniently located on your way to the base area. Take a break and refuel with our hand-made burritos, tacos and a variety of salsas.


On-mountain, Mt. Crested Butte, CO. Open daily throughout skiseason and conveniently located mid-mountain at the bottom of the Paradise Lift. Serving cafeteria-style breakfasts and fresh lunches with decadent deli sandwiches, super salads and a selection of daily homemade soups and chili. Enjoy the outdoor grill, extensive seating and spectacular views. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Spellbound Pizza

Treasury Building. Spellbound Pizza is the perfect spot for a quick bite at the base area. Serving pizza, salads and beverages in the upper level of the Treasury Building for lunch daily.

The Bakery at Mt. Crested Butte & Brown Lab Pub

Returning for our 21st winter on Crested Butte Mountain. Located slopeside at the base area, the Bakery at Mt. Crested Butte offers the finest baked goods west of the Continental Divide. Come see our expanded menu- all your old favorites plus many new items. Our full service bar, the Brown Labrador Pub, offers daily drink specials. Come enjoy our family friendly atmosphere.  Call (970) 349-4757 for special orders.

Trackers Bar & Lounge

(970) 349-4228. Lodge at Mountaineer Square, Mt. Crested Butte. Trackers is Mt. Crested Butte’s most comfortable bar and lounge located inside the luxurious Lodge at Mountaineer Square. A full bar, live music, fireside seating and an outdoor patio make this the perfect place for a peaceful, refined drink on the mountain.

WoodStone Grille

(970) 349-8030/8032. The Grand Lodge, Mt. Crested Butte. The WoodStone Grille offers a generous breakfast buffet to charge you up for the day’s adventures. Come back to rest by the cozy fire while sipping your favorite drink, and stay for an American-style dinner suited for the whole family. Serving breakfast, après ski and dinner daily. The WoodStone Grille also offers private meeting space, banquet and wedding facilities.

CB South Ruben's New Mexican Cuisine

“One of the best places for New Mexican food in Colorado”—Denver Post. Located in the old Cement Creek Tavern in Crested Butte South. Ruben’s offers authentic New Mexican cuisine featuring all natural beef and chicken, using fresh ingredients and homemade salsa, locally roasted chiles, a full bar with fresh juice margaritas, a full kid’s menu and happy hour specials from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Kitchen for dinner opens at 5 p.m. Take out also available. Come enjoy the taste of Santa Fe! Located at 207 Elcho Avenue, Crested Butte South (970) 349-5003.

Tully's General Store

Tully’s General Store is a convenient stop in CB South offering everything from gas to pizza. The full bar provides a bacon bloody or PBR for those days of relaxation alongside a breakfast burrito or pizza Philly.  Deli sandwiches and salads are served all day-every day, the grill opens at 11:30 (try a delicious ½ pound burger), and hand-tossed pizza begins at noon.  Come by and check out our specials, and don’t forget to root for your home team on Sunday Fundays with the NFL Ticket.  Whenever you’re feeling hungry, stop in and “put a slice of South in your mouth.” Open Monday - Friday 8am - 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am - 9pm. 228 Elcho Avenue, Crested Butte South, (970) 349-2551; Dine In or Take Out.

Gunnison Firebrand Delicatessen

Established by the Magnus sisters in 1995. We feature  a variety of healthy foods for breakfast & lunch. Try our famous waffles, homemade muffins, giant cookies, flavorful soups and gourmet deli sandwiches. We serve beer, Luna Bakery breads, and locally sourced greens. Open Wednesday - Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 108 N. Main, Gunnison  next to Tomichi Cycles. (970) 641-6266. Eat in/Take out/ Downtown Gunnison delivery.  


2011 & 2012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE: “BEST RESTAURANT”, “Three time winner best wings”“Seven time winner best chicken fried steak” Unique, from scratch recipes with a southwestern flair. Groundin-house Angus Beef Burgers served on house baked buns! Steaks, Salads, Samiches, Seafood, Wraps, Vegetarian, Pasta. Scratch made Soups, Chili, Fish & Chips. PEOPLE’S CHOICE BEST PLACE FOR DESSERT featuring our ½ lb. Gunnisack cookies. Lunch & Dinner Monday - Saturday. Kids Menu, Vegetarian Features, Full Bar. 142 N Main St. (970) 641-5445

The Bean Coffeehouse & Eatery

The Bean Coffeehouse & Eatery is THE local coffeehouse! Featuring organic fair trade coffees and teas, fresh vegetable juices and smoothies. Delicious crepes, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, organic salads, and pastries accompany our drinks, with a variety of healthy snacks and treats to satisfy your cravings! Wireless internet access, a sunny deck and an eclectic art wall complete the experience! Open 7 days a week at 120 North Main St in Gunnison. (970) 641-2408.

‘THE CAFE’ at Gunnison Vitamin

We serve REAL FOOD! from 8am to 7pm Mon-Saturday. Fresh Cooked! Breakfast Burritos & Sandwiches (with free cup of coffee)  Camp 4 Espresso Drinks, Smoothies, Republic of Tea Green Matcha, Coconut Cocoa & Pomegranate Teas and Baked Goods.  Experience our popular   NOODLE BOWLS, unique SALAD CREATIONS and signature SANDWICHES like the Vegetarian Bahn Mi, Turkey Tex Mex, Rancher’s Beefsteak w/ Horseradish, Hawiian Style BBQ Pulled Pork or the Rueben.  Gluten Free & Vegan Options available as well as GRAB n GO DELI SALADS. Located 804 N. Main in Mtn. Meadows Mall Gunnison. (970) 641-5928.    

“Best Coffee in North America”

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Camp 4 Coffee serves World Renowned Coffee and fast Breakfast Burritos, Croissants and Sausage Biscuits - to go. We also Serve a Variety of Muffins, Quick Breads, Fruit Squares, Granola Bars & Brownies.

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So, how is the real estate by Doug Duryea market doing?

The Lodge at Mountaineer Square

Mountain residences located in the heart of Mt. Crested Butte. Mountaineer Square offers the ultimate in convenience with slopeside access, as well as central location next to the transit facility. Enjoy extensive amenities including a full-time staff, underground parking, ski storage, pool, hot tub, sauna, and fitness area. HOA fees include utilities and specified services, turnkey with optional rental program. 2 Bedroom/ 3 Bath, #302 - $525,000 2 Bedroom/ 3 Bath, #312 - $569,000 2 Bedroom/ 3 Bath, Top Floor #608 - $649,000

16 Walking Deer Lane

Located in the exclusive ski community of Prospect. Enjoy spectacular views of the Elk Mountain Range and the convenience of easy ski in access from the slopes and Prospect lift. Just under one acre with a viewing platform located on the lot. Skier’s Dream! $250,000

Skyland Homesites

The Club at Crested Butte offers a welcoming community setting with the amenities you expect from a first class development. Homesites overlook Robert Trent Jones II champion golf course with 360 degree surrounding views of majestic mountains and access to private 20 acre lake with fishing rights. Enjoy the new renovations to the fully featured clubhouse. Prices starting from $135,000

354 Larkspur Loop

Lakeside custom home located in Larkspur subdivision. Newly constructed beautiful 3,000 sqft. single family home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths featuring vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, fine finishes throughout and fantastic mountain views. Enjoy gorgeous evening sunsets on your back deck overlooking the lake. Amenities include tennis courts and a playground for the kids. Conveniently two miles from town and just around the corner from Skyland community golf course. $889,000

Meg Brethauer

Broker Associate, Crested Butte Resort Real Estate Mobile: 970-209-1210 / MLS:


question many realtors are frequently asked is, “How is the real estate market doing?” Most realtors would love to say that real estate is doing “awesome,” and many may be tempted to report just that. Some may declare that it is a “Buyers” market or a “Sellers” market. Or, it may be said that the market has not met previous forecasts, however… What do the statistics say about what is happening in Crested Butte real estate? What are some of the facts? Let’s take a look at some of the different sectors of the Crested Butte real estate market to see how each is doing.

Single Family Homes

Mt. Crested Butte Single-family home sales in Mt. Crested Butte. Average “sold” prices are as follows: Year Number of Homes Sold Average Sale Price 2000 4 $437,250 2001 10 $454,590 2002 17 $648,522 2003 15 $695,389 2004 26 $709,769 2005 28 $819,446 2006 11 $1,078,846 2007 11 $1,088,409 2008 13 $1,515,096 2009 13 $1,212,108 2010 12 $641,908 2011 22 $882,068 2012 19 $875,166 2013 17 (first 10 months) $1,103,390 Currently, the average asking price for the 43 active single-family homes in Mt. Crested Butte is $1,267,304 Prices range from $224,600 to $4,600,000. Town of Crested Butte In the town of Crested Butte the average sold price of a single-family home has varied widely: Year Number of Homes Sold Average Sale Price 2000 20 $427,496 2001 13 $579,288 2002 9 $423,778 2003 23 $424,095 2004 29 $675,833 2005 26 $951,467 2006 25 $937,323 2007 9 $942,666

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

12 19 20 17 25 22 (first 10 months)

$1,037,750 $820,368 $745,075 $1,197,367 $633,140 $894,943

Currently, in the town of Crested Butte, there are 43 active single-family listings, ranging in price from $375,000 to $2,950,000. These homes have an average asking price of $1,001,674. Skyland/Country Club area The Skyland, golf course area has seen the following activity: Year Number of Homes Sold Average Sale Price 2004 3 $1,280,833 2005 10 $1,302,750 2006 10 $1,541,400 2007 3 $1,683,333 2008 0 0 2009 3 $1,520,000 2010 7 $905,357 2011 8 $813,862 2012 4 $651,250 2013 6 (first 10 months) $939,500 There are presently 14 single-family homes for sale in the Skyland/Country Club area with an average asking price of $1,586,089. Prices range from $985,000 to $2,800,000. CB South Average sold single-family home prices in CB South have experienced the following: Year Number of Homes Sold Average Sale Price 2000 n/a $293,167 2001 n/a $373,181 2002 n/a $325,053 2003 18 $336,611 2004 23 $355,826 2005 30 $477,697 2006 21 $533,714 2007 16 $518,906 2008 8 $503,125 2009 9 $450,500 2010 8 $371,178 2011 20 $337,580 2012 15 $374,050 2013 18 (first 10 months) $382,522 There are currently 16 single-family homes for sale in CB South ranging from $345,000 to $1,349,000, now averaging $570,743. continued on next page


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Mt. Crested Butte Here’s a look at what’s happening with Mt. CB condos: Year Number of Condos Sold Average Sale Price 2000 37 $5,652,650 2001 70 $16,599,975 2002 59 $15,516,691 2003 65 $237,198 2004 193 $260,852 2005 140 $364,407 2006 47 $473,432 2007 118 $690,544 2008 35 $482,097 2009 54 $353,558 2010 62 $332,174 2011 89 $225,565 2012 77 $254,062 2013 77 (first 10 months) $258,704 Currently there are 147 condo/townhome units for sale in the MLS system in Mt. Crested Butte, ranging in price from $45,000 to $1,995,000. The average asking price for a mountain condo is currently $374,538. Town of Crested Butte The condo/townhome market in the town of Crested Butte has witnessed the following growth statistics over the last few years: Year Number of Condos Sold Average Sale Price 2000 22 $237,764 2001 6 $232,750 2002 11 $237,773 2003 14 $244,107 2004 25 $297,296 2005 23 $402,826 2006 11 $518,444 2007 4 $503,613 2008 7 $521,714 2009 12 $358,283 2010 10 $301,440 2011 6 $208,729 2012 9 $303,500 2013 10 (first 10 months) $268,278 continued on page 4

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There are presently 12 condos/townhomes for sale in town ranging from $149,900 to $699,000 (average asking price is $375,108). Skyland/Country Club area The condo/townhome market at the Skyland/Country Club area has witnessed the following sales figures: Year Number of Condos Sold Average Sale Price 2000 17 $358,529 2001 17 $441,852 2002 9 $486,111 2003 20 $295,439 2004 21 $375,233 2005 20 $312,585 2006 12 $732,075 2007 10 $704,250 2008 7 $800,625 2009 5 $307,500 2010 6 $441,150 2011 9 $380,555 2012 15 $384,821 2013 10 (first 10 months) $485,700 There are currently 15 condos/townhomes for sale in the Country Club area ranging from $76,900 to $1,387,000, averaging $570,992. CB South There are a few condo/townhomes in CB South. Sales statistics here show the following in recent years: Year Number of Condos Sold Average Sale Price 2000 7 $139,700 2001 8 $198,188 2002 7 $152,000 2003 7 $198,614 2004 37 $193,588


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Presently, there are 2 condos/townhomes for sale in CB South ranging in price from $289,000 to $499,500, with an average asking price of $394,700.

Vacant Lots (up to 5 acres)

Mt. Crested Butte Vacant land sales in the Mt. Crested Butte area have seen the following activity: Year Number of Lots Sold Average Sale Price 2000 n/a $190,000 2001 n/a $200,000 2002 n/a $177,250 2003 23 $231,565 2004 45 $292,661 2005 31 $473,448 2006 18 $738,547 2007 11 $840,455 2008 3 $691,667 2009 2 $602,500 2010 4 $173,250 2011 6 $187,083 2012 21 $224,176 2013 10 (first 10 months) $143,550 There are currently 58 active land listings for sale in Mt. CB, ranging in price from $69,000 to $1,046,700, with an average asking price of $451,101.

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Molly Eldridge (970) 209-4234




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Town of Crested Butte Residential lot sales in the town of Crested Butte have done the following: Year Number of Lots Sold Average Sale Price 2000 12 n/a 2001 6 n/a 2002 1 n/a 2003 9 n/a 2004 12 $375,910 2005 18 $554,528 2006 12 $475,329 2007 5 $736,750 2008 5 $678,750 2009 3 $418,333 2010 5 $399,350 2011 6 $469,333 2012 7 $371,571 2013 7 (first 10 months) $631,642 There are now 16 vacant town lots for sale with an average asking price of $626,937 (ranging from $255,000 to $1,100,000). Skyland/Country Club area The Skyland area has seen the following land sales activity over the years: Year Number of Lots Sold Average Sale Price 2000 45 $160,451 2001 15 $219,600 2002 17 $88,162 2003 9 $199,111 2004 42 $197,086 2005 44 $333,739 2006 15 $396,217 2007 7 $391,357

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

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$320,000 $258,833 $217,475 $54,025 $240,500 $116,665

As of November 1, 2013, there were 45 active homesite listings in the Skyland/Country Club area with an average asking price of $349,475. Prices range from $59,900 to $1,250,000. CB South Residential vacant land prices in CB South shot up tremendously in 2005, but have been dropping most recently. Here are the statistics for this area: Year Number of Lots Sold Average Sale Price 2000 37 $62,169 2001 20 $60,408 2002 17 $76,376 2003 23 $67,235 2004 70 $80,039 2005 49 $174,003 2006 18 $196,711 2007 11 $172,667 2008 7 $143,143 2009 6 $71,000 2010 2 $77,000 2011 13 $37,238 2012 13 $43,807 2013 (first 10 months) $39,375 (6 lots sold) There are currently 31 residential lots for sale in CB South averaging $80,562 per lot. Prices range from $34,000 to $179,900.

Robb Fessenden 970-275-1120

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33 WildHorse Trail • Mt. Crested Butte Spacious 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath single family home located in the WildHorse at Prospect Subdivision. Enjoy unobstructed views of the East River Valley from your covered deck. Home is sold furnished. $1,325,000

WestWall Lodge • Mt. Crested Butte Premier slopeside luxury residences tucked in next to the WestWall Chair Lift. On-site amenities include Fitness Center, Locker Room, Valet Ski Storage and Boot Dryer, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Hot Tub and Fire Pit, Private Lounge and Underground Heated Parking Garage with Owners’ Storage Closet. A303 - 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths, spacious Master Bedroom with En Suite and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy slope side mountain views! $1,149,000 354 Escalante • Crested Butte South Over sized level home site with beautiful views of Whetstone Mountain and the back side of Crested Butte Mountain. Neighborhood amenities include coffee shop, convenience store and gas station, liquor store, garden center, day care center, skating rink, hiking and mountain bike trails. $63,500

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Ranches and tracts of land between 11 to 45 acres in the Crested Butte area (CB area = Rural CB, CB South, Town of CB, Mt. CB & Rural Mt. CB). Statistics show the following in this market: Year Number of Parcels Sold Average Sale Price 2000 10 $352,700 2001 7 $313,000 2002 3 $371,667 2003 11 $428,955 2004 35 $380,003 2005 35 $911,943 2006 10 $971,700 2007 11 $1,250,591 2008 7 $1,019,286 2009 4 $1,410,000 2010 3 $758,000 2011 4 $277,250 2012 4 $287,500 2013 7 (first 10 months) $389,857 Currently there are 55 listings of ranches/11+acre parcels in the CB area, ranging in size from 11 to 45 acres. These parcels have an average asking price of $1,103,661 per homesite. Most of the larger parcels can be found at the Danni Ranch, Whetstone Mountain Ranch, Red Mountain Ranch, Trappers Crossing, Roaring Judy Ranch, and The Smith Hill Ranch.

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Overall, real estate sales in all categories (residential, vacant land, ranchland and commercial) have resulted in the following numbers in the Crested Butte area: Year Number of Listings Sold Average Sale Price 2000 414 $90,723,414 2001 246 $65,546,541 2002 240 $64,932,448 2003 311 $93,986,592 2004 723 $212,509,165 2005 627 $309,479,724 2006 294 $204,764,749 2007 283 $195,843,989 2008 155 $109,126,355 2009 160 $84,438,857 2010 172 $80,472,462 2011 275 $107,199,003 2012 265 $102,499,018 2013 280 (first 10 months) $124,204,298 As of November 1, 2013, there were still another 34 properties under contract totaling approximately another $19M in potential closed sales by the end of 2013. Summer 2013 has come and gone in Crested Butte, and what a summer it was. Record breaking numbers of visitors came to the area this summer. Locals don’t recall the

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streets of town ever being so busy, especially during the Fourth of July week. Local shopkeepers, restaurant owners, and property managers were all reporting that business was way up this summer. Real estate activity was also way up this summer. Our MLS system shows that from June-September 2013 there were 116 properties sold in the northern part of the valley (CB South to Mt. Crested Butte) with total sales dollars of $52,076,280. This represents a 73 percent increase over the same time period last year in 2012 where total sales dollars were $30,089,720 (72 properties sold). Also encouraging is the fact that this recent surge in activity is being experienced in all areas of the valley, from CB South on north to Mt. Crested Butte, and is being realized in a wide variety of properties from low-end $50K condos to record breaking sales in high-end luxury homes. A Prospect ski area home recently sold for $4.25M, the highest priced home ever sold in that area. Certain areas, such as condos at the Chateaux complex in Mt. Crested Butte and single family homes in CB South, have witnessed multiple offers and bidding wars. Other real estate, like vacant land, has seen some very high selling prices; such as a 35-acre Reserve at East River lot selling for $1.15M and a small .14-acre town of Crested Butte lot selling for $1.25M. We are optimistic that we will continue to experience more robust real estate activity this ski season. Our inventory levels continue to drop throughout the area and foreclosures and short sales are no longer part of the norm. Other agents are starting to say that they need more properties to sell. And there are more rumors of developers with plans to build. All these are very encouraging signs of continued strength in our market. Consider the special nature of Crested Butte–its unique wilderness setting, its deep history and amazing collection of people. Account for the fact that millions of people over the next 10 years will be buying homes in destination resorts. Look at the commitment of the community, local government, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, area businesses, developers and non-profits in the valley. Add it all together and your opportunity to live in this enchanting place knocks here and now. The above figures and data were taken from Gunnison Country Association of Realtors’ MLS system. Doug Duryea is the Managing Broker for Crested Butte Resort Real Estate in Mt. Crested Butte, CO. He can be contacted at 970-275-2355, or

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Scenic views, ski trails, and working ranches are just some of the amenities provided by the Crested Butte Land Trust. Current winner of the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit of the Year, there are many ways to get outside and enjoy lands and waters protected by the Land Trust. During the winter months, our lands are used for groomed trails fantastic for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing adventures. Bring your four-legged friend out on the dog-friendly “Pooches Paradise” or enjoy “Mike’s Mile,” a new trail on the old rail grade out to Gunsight Bridge. There are several trails in the Trapper’s Crossing area (also called the Bench). Soak up incredible views of the valley on the Rec Path, which begins flat and easy and progresses to a steep uphill. Planning for a summer or fall wedding? Experience your special day surrounded by wildflowers, aspens and fir trees, magnificent peaks, winding rivers, and tranquil lakes. The Woods Walk, Lower Loop, Gunsight Bridge, and Peanut Lake serve as popular wedding sites. To learn more about the Crested Butte Land Trust, visit www. or call Ann Johnston, Executive Director, at (970) 3491206.

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ffering a rich Western history influenced by Indians, miners, ranchers and railroads, Gunnison County is quintessential Colorado. The county, which is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut, is located in central Colorado on the western slope of the Continental Divide, an area blessed with pristine mountain peaks, shimmering lakes and hundreds of miles of picturesque streams. Some 1.6 million acres (more than 85 percent) of Gunnison County is public land, an appealingly diverse landscape that includes alpine desert, verdant ranchland, flowercarpeted mountain meadows and craggy peaks jutting above timberline. Two historic communities–Gunnison and Crested Butte– serve as jumping-off points for a variety of outdoor adventures, which include world-class alpine skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Plenty of excellent hiking, mountain biking, skiing and hunting land can be found in abundance. The century-old mountain town of Crested Butte (population 1,500) exudes a 19th century charm that dates to its humble beginnings in coal mining. It is surrounded by some of Colorado’s most spectacular and unspoiled mountain landscapes, including the Gunnison National Forest and the Oh-Be-Joyful, West Elk, Maroon Bells/Snowmass, Collegiate Peaks and Raggeds wilderness areas. With its rich ranching heritage and sweeping valley setting, the city of Gunnison (population 7,000) offers genuine Western appeal. It serves as an excellent location from which to explore the region’s inspiring scenic wonders.



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Coal Marks Early Growth of Crested Butte During mining’s early years in Gunnison County, Crested Butte provided neighboring communities with supplies and cut lumber. After a huge deposit of high-grade coal was discovered, the town grew rapidly, boasting 1,000 residents and 13 saloons by the 1890s. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad transported more than 1,000 tons of coal per month to the outside world. Having survived the mining bust, Crested Butte became a prosperous company town under Colorado Fuel & Iron until 1952, when the last mine was closed. Crested Butte might well have become a true ghost town had it not been for the efforts of the ski industry. Development of the ski area at Crested Butte began during the early 1960s; the resort community of Mt. Crested Butte was built at the base of 12,162-foot Crested Butte Mountain. The ski resort is known for its deep powder and steep runs and has become a center for international extreme skiing competitions. Today, ranching and farming still play vital roles in Gunnison County’s economy, as does year-round tourism. The county’s small-town appeal and wealth of outdoor recreation pursuits make it a growing vacation destination for those who want to experience Colorado’s legendary mountain beauty. City of Gunnison Named for Early Explorer For several centuries, prehistoric hunter-gatherers roamed the river basins and lush mountains that now comprise Gunnison County. The region later became prime hunting territory for nomadic Ute Indians, who were forcibly removed during the mid-1800s. The 1873 Brunot Treaty opened the region to farmers and cattle ranchers who were eager to settle the new frontier lands. In 1874 the town of Gunnison (named for explorer Capt. John W. Gunnison) was founded at the confluence of the Gunnison River and Tomichi Creek. Five years later, miners struck lucrative gold and silver deposits and the mining boom days began. The young town quickly became a major supply and transportation center for surrounding mining camps such as Gothic, Pitkin and Tincup. By the early 1880s, both the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and the Denver South Park and Pacific Railroad served the growing community. However, mining’s glory days proved to be short-lived. Disaster followed the 1893 demonetization of silver; many of the mining communities served by Gunnison became ghost towns virtually overnight. With its cattle industry and role as a supply center, the town survived this period of economic upheaval, as did the nearby town of Crested Butte, whose fortunes were built upon coal.

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High Country Citizens’ Alliance The Upper Gunnison River Basin is a unique area, replete with rugged peaks, pastoral valleys, and clear mountain streams. Since 1977, High Country Citizens’ Alliance (HCCA) has been at work protecting these extraordinary natural areas. HCCA’s mission is to champion the protection, conservation and preservation of the natural ecosystems within the Upper Gunnison River Basin. HCCA is a grassroots organization with over 600 members whose goals focus on the health and bio-

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diversity of the local environment – land, water, air and wildlife. They collaborate with interested and affected parties to protect public lands, endangered species, low-impact recreation and water resources. Today, HCCA’s programs range from conservation of our national forests, rangelands and waters to land use planning and fostering sustainable communities. HCCA’s offices are located at 202 Elk Ave., on the second floor. For more information, go to

Generations of ranching families have dedicated their lives to producing high-quality beef and hay in the scenic valleys of the Gunnison Country. Despite the temptation to cash in on their valuable property, most local ranchers are determined to continue doing the work they love on the land they love. Some have found an alternative to selling out, through the assistance of a unique grassroots organization, Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy. In 1996 a shared concern about the valley’s future led to the formation of this unusual coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and business owners. Rancher Bill Trampe, biologist Susan Lohr, Crested Butte banker Thom Cox, and former Crested Butte Mountain Resort President Edward Callaway agreed to join forces in a mission “to preserve ranching and conserve ranchlands in the Gunnison Country.” This diverse group created the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy to help willing landowners who were eager to preserve their agricultural lands. Working on behalf of ranchers, Legacy has facilitated the purchase of conservation easements on more than 17,000 acres of productive agricultural lands in the Gunnison basin. These easements prohibit development, but allow families to continue ranching, while also protecting scenic vistas and wildlife habitat. Easements have been funded with private donations, state and federal grants, and funding from the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund. Over $10 million has been contributed by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), funded through state lottery proceeds. The ranching families themselves have donated more than $8 million in easement value. To learn more about the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy and to find out how you can help, visit their website at or call (970) 641-4386.

1% for Open Space Did you breathe a sigh of relief as you drove into the valley, open pastureland and the heart of the West Elk mountains unfolding themselves to you? Have you taken a 4x4 tour to Paradise Divide to picnic at the pond there, or to wander through the fields of rosy paintbrush in Paradise Basin? Have you hiked over Yule Pass, dotted with wildflowers, and down into Marble? Climbed Crystal Peak? Biked up the Slate River Valley? Visited the old mining town of Schofield, now being happily overtaken by forests and wildlife? Do you want to? Are you planning to? Have you ever wondered how some of those places came to be undeveloped, preserved forever so that generations of families and visitors to Gunnison County can enjoy their wildness, their openness?  Those views, hiking trails, biking trails, peaks and 4x4 roads will not change, thanks in part to the money collected by businesses who participate in the 1% for Open Space program. The 1% for Open Space program is a voluntary 1% donation on top of products and services when you visit the over 90 participating local businesses. Once collected, this money is granted to requesting organizations for the preservation of land in Gunnison County. Protection of these lands also protects our

spectacular viewsheds, recreational access, wildlife habitat, ranching heritage, rural lifestyle and watershed and ecosystem integrity. To date, the 1% for Open Space program has preserved over 5,100 acres throughout Gunnison County – from high mountain meadows to rolling ranchlands. Over $1.9 million have been given to organizations such as the Crested Butte Land Trust, Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Town of Crested Butte and Trust for Public Lands for these land preservation purposes.  So whether you enjoy the Gunnison Country for its open and active agricultural lands, its proclivity of hiking and biking trails, or just simply for the spectacular views around every bend, the 1% for Open Space program has helped make these lands available to you. Be sure and thank the businesses that participate in the program, and add your support by contributing the voluntary 1% donation with your purchase. Without them, and you, none of these glorious opportunities would be possible. For more information about the 1% for Open Space program please call (970) 349-1775 or visit the website at

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Going beyond money, the Community Foundation provides technical assistance to strengthen nonprofitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abilities to live out their missions. Through the STEP (Sustainable Tough Efficient Purposeful) Program, consultants are available on a pro-bono basis to help with a myriad of nonprofit needs including fundraising plans, leadership development and even how to use QuickBooks! Every day, the Foundation is here for the Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonprofits. As a leader in civil discourse, the Foundation convenes meetings and is available to facilitate difficult conversations.

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t’s an icon on Elk Avenue, the bright red Grubstake Building at the corner of Third and Elk. For well more than one hundred years, the Grubstake Building has been an anchor for the town, complete with its own character and stories of the characters inside. The original structure housed a bank, a meat market and a news office, according to an 1886 Sanborn map. But in 1890 a widespread fire destroyed the entire building. After the fire, three individual but adjoining buildings were erected. In the 1930s a big over-roof was built over all three for protection. In 1960 the separate buildings effectively became one. Looking up at the building you can see the words “Bank” and “Drugs” signifying some the earliest, most notable businesses that took up residence. Molly Minneman, the town’s historic preservation coordinator notes that having Crested Butte’s first bank in the Grubstake Building “was really a validation that Crested Butte was financially viable and here to stay.” The locally owned bank inside the Grubstake Building was a sign of Crested Butte’s standing as a new town. According to George Sibley’s Crested Butte Primer, “One of the central institutions in any town is its bank. The bank of Crested Butte dated from the earliest days of the town, opening August 9, 1880–a month after the incorporation of the town.” For decades, next to the bank in the middle section of the building there was a drugstore as well. At one time in the 1920s the last section of the building became a mortuary; before that it served as a space for the post office. In 1958, according to Sibley’s Primer, Bill Whalen sold the three buildings he had put under one roof in the early 1930s to Phil and Lillian Hyslop, who proceeded to remodel the three and turn them into one building. In 1961, the Hyslops opened the building as the Grubstake Restaurant, the name that sticks today. The restaurant and building went through numerous owners in the next four decades. continued on next page

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Sandra Cortner first came to Crested Butte in 1964. Her family rented the Bishop House right behind the Grubstake Building. She remembers going to the Grubstake Restaurant for meals with her family. And since their house was so close, she would run from the restaurant home to check on her sleeping baby brother. “It was a down-home kind of place, very small-town kind of café,” she explains. But her favorite memory of the building is the Miss Grubstake contest in 1980, when she took the title. Cortner remembers the ad that then-restaurant owner Judy Naumburg placed in the local newspapers: “Enter the Ms. Grubstake Contest. Swimsuit, Evening Gown, and Talent Categories. Judges’ Questions. Win Fame, Fortune and $150 Cash!” “Well, shoot, I thought,” Cortner writes in her book Crested Butte Stories…Through My Lens, “she’s just trying to make the place look respectable with a beauty contest. Hippies and young working guys were the usual patrons of the Grubstake Bar, not the old-timers or summer tourists. About once a week one of the boys hurled another— usually a friend or acquaintance—through the front plate-glass window. The perpetrator and the victim were always three sheets to the wind, but duly paid Judy the cost of the glass. The Grubstake had changed a lot since the 1960s, when my family dined there. The $150 caught my fancy, though. I was paid a total of $40 a week—for three part-time jobs.” After the swimsuit competition, the talent segment, singing her own lyrics to “Second-Hand Rose,” and the evening gown contest, Cortner took home the coveted crown. Cortner’s newspaper office was at one time next to the building, giving her one of her favorite views out her window, the overhang on the Grubstake. That overhang collapsed from snow load in the 1970s. Minneman agrees on how spectacular the building is. “The thing that makes this building so special,” says Minneman, “is its presence, its sheer stature.” She continues, “So many people have enjoyed that building over time… it keeps that corner looking very vibrant. It has a lot of character.” Its architectural style is vernacular. “It worked for the town of Crested Butte,” explains Minneman, “but it doesn’t mimic any other style.” Its three bays, false front, and gabled roof with the parapet of today make this building truly unique. If you look closely at the building you will see beautiful corbels and frieze at the top of the parapet. “That detail and delineation tell us that this was a building that was important, that they poured money into,” says Minneman. This building was given more embellishment than many of the buildings of early Crested Butte. All of these details make the Grubstake Building one of Crested Butte’s icons.

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temperature Crested Butte Average Temperatures

elevation Gunnison 7,703 ft. Almont 8,025 ft. C.B. South 8,515 ft. Crested Butte 8,885 ft. Mt. Crested Butte 9,350 ft. Gothic 9,500 ft. Irwin 10,000 ft.


4.0° 0.9° 7.0° 18.0° 27.7° 33.2° 38.3° 37.5° 30.1° 20.6° 8.4° 1.9°

28.4° 32.2° 38.4° 46.9° 58.7° 70.4° 75.4° 74.0° 66.2° 55.9° 41.8° 31.0°

animal population Cows Sheep Deer Elk Beaver Antelope Big Horn Sheep Dogs in Crested Butte

median age

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CRESTED BUTTE 1990 30.2 2000 30.6 2010 34.4

January February March April May June July August September October November December


Chris Miller and Lydia Stern

COLORADO 1990 32.5 2000 34.3 2010 36.1

30,713 7,924 17,000 10,300 1,500 290 700 329

This list contains a selection of animals in the Gunnison Basin. Cow and Sheep are from the Federal Census of Agriculture. Dog statistic from 2010 Crested Butte Census.


Crested Butte Community School Enrollment 2003-present Kindergarten 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th High School

2003 2004 40 35 45 27 32 28 27 28 28 99

33 39 35 41 32 29 29 22 25 90

2005 2006 32 33 37 31 40 29 35 27 22 83

47 34 37 40 33 43 26 37 28 78

2007 2008


2010 2011 2012 2013

50 56 33 44 44 37 46 29 32 102

49 58 50 55 37 41 41 32 47 109

59 50 54 51 55 37 39 40 30 136

56 52 56 38 46 45 36 46 35 105

43 63 54 52 51 57 36 42 42 131

43 41 75 54 56 53 58 36 41 135

44 41 74 53 56 54 58 38 40 137

mt. crested butte

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assessed valuation 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Crested Butte

Mt. Crested Butte

$47,132,070 $48,354,590 $51,638,000 $51,617,230 $62,907,190 $63,863,380 $103,108,270 $103,625,840 $106,712,940 $106,373,220 $84,931,910 $83,983,950

$58,574,700 $58,978,210 $70,610,730 $63,398,060 $78,286,010 $148,431,460 $160,881,610 $165,912,960 $171,604,450 $172,236,500 $106,732,960 $108, 922,510

Crested Butte

Population Figures updated by the Towns of Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte


2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

707 707 750 750 750 750 765 847 864 873 801 799



1,522 1,629 1,534 1,518 1,530 1,537 1,525 1,603 1,555 1,560 1,522 1,487 1,497


1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011



building permits and sales tax Sales Tax Revenue Crested Butte Mt. Crested Butte 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

$1,480,434 $1,721,824 $1,887,237 $2,060,743 $2,170,959 $2,115,764 $1,930,976 $1,963,859 $1,781,910 $2,217,714

CB average single family home price

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

$265,000 $250,000 $295,000 $300,000 $294,000 $427,496 $579,288 $423,778 $424,095

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Source: Reports to Crested Butte for Real Estate Transfer Tax

$675,833 $951,467 $937,323 $942,666 $1,071,875 $919,853 $778,175 $1,260,956 $699,359

$1,211,350 $1,215,474 $1,365,105 $1,721,819 $1,602,354 $1,667,226 $1,259,780 $1,490,169 $1,592,005 $1,273,520

Crested Butte Building Permits 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

68 85 59 66 58 88 45 58 67 67

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535 Journey’s End Rd. Crested Butte Outstanding thirteen room (6 bd/7.5ba) mountain home situated a short walk from downtown Crested Butte in a promontory location w/ broad, majestic, mountain horizon views. Incl. tall great room, large stone terrace, Thermador kitchen, extraordinary master, 35’ sunroom, game room, media room & exercise room all on 35 quiet acres. $4,995,000. Co-listed with Cathy Benson

18 Buttercup Lane, Mt. Crested Butte

Journeys End Rd. Homesite, Crested Butte

401 Gothic Ave., Crested Butte

.22 acre building lot with open space on 2 sides, elevated views to Crested Butte and the mountain horizon. Only a short walk to the hockey rink and Nordic Center. $975,000

101 Silver Sage Dr.,

Tasteful 3 bd home on a large .82 acre lot 3 Five bedroom, 3,928 sq. ft. promontory home miles from Crested Butte. Stone, Provence with immense views overlooking Mt. CB and the farmhouse-style residence has cherry floors, entire valley. Includes decks on 3 levels (incl. Bosch & Traulsen kitchen, coffered ceilings hot tub deck), large viewing windows, family and French doors opening to a spectacular room, 4.5 baths, private office, Jacuzzi, cool veranda overlooking the lights of CB. $999,000 breakfast nook, many features. $1,395,000

26 Appaloosa Rd., Wildhorse

Luxury residence w/ 4 bedroom 4.5 baths in a quiet location 5 minutes from Gold Link lift. Extensive log detailing, ample family room, junior master, beautifully furnished throughout and ready to move in. $1,050,000

Beautiful new 5-bd home at 4th & Gothic by Faust Builders. Extensive premium finishes and artisan elements, imported doors, 2 fireplaces, ample ironwork, fenced, fully landscaped. Oversized 2-car garage. Completion Jan. 2014. $1,850,000 UNDER CONTRACT

324 Upper Allen Rd.

4/4, 3,851 sq. ft. natural log beam home on 4+ acres overlooking Cement Creek. Lg. sunroom, family room, 2-story rock fireplace, hardwood, sturdy corral, ground floor master suite. $1,490,000

Land Opportunities FAIRWAY PARK AT SKYLAND — .12 ac duplex or 2 townhouse building site on the golf course $199,000 or $119,000 for one 467 MERIDIAN LAKE DRIVE — Views, above the road $149,000 SKYLAND LOT S-156 — Half acre nearby to clubhouse & Grant Lake $395,000 Crested Mountain Condominium F-1

Truly ski-in/ski-out 3 bd two-level residence with appealing turf yard off the patio. Includes fireplace, maple kitchen, two balconies, great views, covered entry, and a garage. $627,000

154 Upper Allen Rd., CB South

2 bed/1 bath cabin home on 1.77 ac. Nearby conservation land & 292 ft Cement Creek bank. Very quiet, big views. $275,000

SKYLAND — 215 Trent Jones, level, views, fairway $375,000 HIDDEN MINE RANCH — Lot 17, 35 acres, views, close to town $825,000 WILDERNESS STREAMS — 4.9 ac. Super fine cabin property with easy access, electricity & phone, flowing springs, level site, trees, meadows and views. Attractively priced $159,000 COPLEY LAKE AREA — Two cabin parcels, level, very private, National Forest on 2 sides, Forest King No. 2, 8+ ac. $70,000 & Mountain Bell 9.9 ac. $80,000

Mt. Crested Butte Condominiums

Meridian Lake Meadows Homesite

One and a half acre homesite with 240’ of National Forest boundary at the rear. Quiet location, paved street, level terrain, aspen and spruce trees, view of Mt. Crested Butte. $379,000

103 Snowmass Rd. Mt. CB

3 bed/2.5 bath 1,870 sq. ft. Villas duplex townhouse located only a short walk to the Silver Queen lift. Large living room & kitchen, hardwood floors, great views from the deck and a 1-car garage $539,000

Plaza 131, Mt. Crested Butte

Mountainside 2/2, 1,040 sq. ft., fireplace, wood beams, conveniently located in the complex, sounds of Wood Creek from your balcony $260,000

Whetstone Business Park

13 acre commercial/residential business park land located 2.5 miles south of Crested Butte. Development previously approved. $1,395,000

SNOWCREST C-3 W/ GARAGE — 2 bd/2 ba, fireplace, two levels, convenient to base & lifts $149,000 GRAND LODGE 368 & 370 — Spacious 783 sq. ft., super convenient complex w/pool, fitness, spa, restaurant. Attractively priced. $149,900 THREE SEASONS 238 — 2 Bedroom, 2 bath, balcony, pool, fireplace $79,000 GRAND LODGE 567 — Terrific mountain view, owner’s closet, top floor, overlooks the pool w/ fitness, spa, restaurant, a great rental at the base area epicenter $129,0000

Columbine Condominium 1302

One-bedroom upper level ski-in/ski-out residence with ladder loft and great views over the valley. Includes wood heating stove, stainless & oak kitchen, balcony. $245,000

Forest Cabin 12 Miles West of CB Attractive, sturdy cabin on 40 acres at Bracken Creek, good road, secluded, beautiful big views to Ruby Peak & Dark Canyon, comfortable kitchen & bath. $332,000

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