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hen friends or family come to visit Crested Butte for the first time, I often hear, “I can’t believe you actually live here!� Each year as I put together this summer visitor’s guide, I say the same thing to myself. I am so lucky to live in paradise. And you’ll hear it from locals – life’s too short to live anywhere else. We welcome you to our paradise. This summer is jam-packed with incredible events. If you want some culture, you’re in the right place. Our arts festival is one of the country’s best. The music festival brings world famous musicians and opera singers to the valley for the month of July. Speaking of music, there’s no shortage of free concerts to attend. Monday nights in the summer play host to the Center for the Arts Alpenglow concert series. And up on the mountain, each Wednesday there will be a concert at the base area as part of Live! from Mt. Crested Butte. We’re home to endless mountain biking trails to ride, and countless hikes to go on. The rivers are for fishing, rafting and kayaking. And the skies are for stargazing. Wait until you see the stars! Take a look inside for summer season highlights. There’s a calendar of events, some of our favorite hiking and biking trails and a special page for the stuff for kids to do. Crested Butte really does offer the best of Colorado. This place is special for a lot of reasons, but there is a priceless sense of relaxation, recreation and rejuvenation here. Enjoy it! We hope you love it as much as we do. —Melissa Ruch Fenlon Publisher

                                                                   

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A World of Special Events -Page 18

Real Estate Report Page 2, Real Estate Guide

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“have a beer

“an

Afternoon Swim at Long Lake”

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on a Elk Avenue Deck”

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401

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it’s beautiful at any time.”

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Mountain biking Mecca

Mountain bike races, gran fondo road rides, townie tours, world-renowned trails and more will keep two-wheelers grinning and fist-pumping this summer. Biking is a way of life here, whether it’s on skinny tires, fat tires or a bike with one gear enjoying the stunning mountain scenery. Since the 1970s, when locals started retrofitting old Schwinn paperboy bikes with multiple gears, Crested Butte has become known as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, and the biking scene in the valley continues to gain momentum and renown across the globe. For hard-core mountain bikers and weekend warriors, the Half-Growler, Full-Growler, Wildcat 40, 24 Hours in the Sage and Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour are a great fit and a visit to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is a must. Road bikers can hop in the saddle for the Growler Gran Fondo, West Elk Bicycle Classic or the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, with its two-night stop in Crested Butte. Those who like to be a little more casual and enjoy cruiser bikes, including families, will enjoy the Townie Takeover Ride in Gunnison and Bridges of the Butte in Crested Butte. Crested Butte Bike Week celebrates all types of biking, including the gutsy but calculated maneuvers of downhill and cross country racing.

33 rd Annual Crested Butte Bike Week, June 26-30 Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are the proud hosts of the world’s oldest mountain bike festival that now also includes road biking, a cruiser bike tour, and downhill and cross country racing. There are options for all levels and types of riders throughout the long weekend. Bicycle Tour of Colorado The arrival of the 19 th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado kicks off the festivities when 1,500 bicyclists and support crews roll into town on June 26, enjoy a day off and depart on June 28. A festival and demo zone planned for June 27 means checking out the latest equipment, bicycle feats of strength, raffles, live music, food and beer for both riders and the public to enjoy. Demo booths will be set up through much of Crested Butte Bike Week. Chainless World Championships The infamous Chainless World Championships on June 28 is always a thrilling scene for riders and spectators during Crested Butte Bike Week, followed by the Wildcat 40 mountain bike race on June 29. If a one-speed cruiser is more your style, join in the fun and fund-raising for the Adaptive Sports Center ’s annual Bridges of

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the Butte townie tour. For more info, check out www.adaptivesports.org. Participants cover the 2.5-mile course as many times as possible for a 24-hour period, from the afternoon of June 29 to the afternoon of June 30, either solo or as part of a team. Costumes are encouraged. Big Mountain Enduro Those who like the high-speed, adrenalinefueled action of cross country and downhill mountain biking combined should consider the Big Mountain Enduro on June 29-30 on Crested Butte Mountain Resort trails. As one of five races in a series being held in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico, this popular international format of racing isn’t about who is the first to the climb or who can drop the sickest line, but rather the best all-around trail rider who can tackle any type of terrain the fastest. Enduro racing is the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills. For information about Crested Butte Bike Week and to register for the Chainless World Championships and Wildcat 40, contact the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at 800-814-8893 or visit the event’s Facebook page.   continued on page 8

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Powerade Pinnacle Summer Race Series/Youth Series, July 10-August 7 A regional recreational racing series created in 1998 by Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). The popular race series is geared for fun and competition, from beginner to expert riders. The races consist of varying lengths and difficulty to challenge riders of all abilities on Mt. Crested Butteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s network of trails and quality single-track. The races take place on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. for Cross Country and 6:15 p.m. for Gravity. Registration 4:30-5:30 p.m. Again this year the series will be offering the Youth Series for kids at 5:15 p.m. The Youth Series is designed to give children the opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The race dates for this season are July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7. Food, beer and prizes follow every race. For more information call (970) 349-2217 or visit www.ridecb.com.

11th Annual 24 Hours in the Sage, August 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;25 Gunnisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area is the backdrop for a 24-hour relay bike race where individual entrants and teams ride a 13mile loop continuously from noon Saturday, August 24 to noon Sunday, August 25. The race starts and finishes at the nearby Gunnison KOA Kampground, and the person/team in each category with the most laps wins. A 12-hour race that starts at noon on August 24 and finishes and finishes at midnight also is offered. The race is capped at 300 participants Additional highlights for the weekend include live entertainment, World Townie Championships (same format) and more. There is plenty of fun for the whole family with a playground, paddleboats and more at KOA. To register and for more information, contact Gunnison KOA at (970) 641-1358 or visit www.24hoursinthesage.com.   

West Elk Bicycle Classic, September 1 Western State Colorado Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mountain Sports Team is sponsoring the second annual West Elk Bicycle Classic on September 1. The challenging 130-mile gran fondo ride climbs nearly 9,000 feet from Gunnison to Crested Butte, circumnavigating the West Elk Mountains. From Gunnison, the route proceeds along the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Crawford and Paonia before beginning a 5,000-foot climb up Kebler Pass to Crested Butte. Participation is capped at 250, and registration costs $110. For details and registration, go to www.western.edu/westelkbicycleclassic.

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37th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour, September 7-8 This oldest mountain bike event in the world runs from Crested Butte to Aspen via Pearl Pass. In 1976, the first group of 15 or 20 cyclists from Crested Butte rode one-speed town bikes over the 12,705-foot Pearl Pass to Aspen in response to a group of Aspenites riding their motorcycles over the same route and parking them in downtown Crested Butte. The Crested Butte rowdies pulled up in downtown Aspen in front of the historic Hotel Jerome. By the early 1980s, the expert ride had grown and become a weeklong event known as Fat Tire Bike Week. Today, Crested Butte Bike Week is held in June and the Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour is in September to celebrate Crested Butte as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking. For information, call (970) 349-6817 or visit www.mtnbikehalloffame.com.

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Gravity Slave Downhill Mountain Bike Stage Race, September 8 Coinciding with the Fall Festival of Beers and Chili Cook-off weekend, is the Gravity Slave mountain bike race. The Gravity Slave is a Chainless Downhill Stage Race â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that features three runs on three different courses in Crested Butte Mountain Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evolution Bike Park. The lowest cumulative time wins.

CBMR trails

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prove their skills in a lesson or the expert downhill mountain biker looking for fast speeds and jumps. This summer there are plans to build a Skills Zone in the base area for beginners to learn balance and bike control, as well as an intermediate gravity trail for riders progressing their downhill abilities. Sponsored by Specialized, guests can demo a range of Specialized bikes at the Crested Butte Rental and Demo Center and also sign up for bike lessons from the professional bike park staff. The Evolution Bike Park and the overall bike program is unlike many others. It is designed to progress any level of rider; inspiring people to get out on their bikes, enjoy the trails and learn a life-long sport.

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adventure. Mountain bike trails in the Crested Butte area are nothing short of stellar making for a true playground. They start in every direction and offer something for everyone–challenging climbs and descents, relatively flat and easy riverside tours and an ability to link up several of them into one tremendous day. Time spent pedaling into the backcountry–regardless of how fast or how far–is an experience that should not be missed–for its tranquility, the sights you will encounter and the fresh air. Always bring plenty of water and food. Singletrack trails range from the Dyke Trail and the classic 401, rides that will challenge the best riders, to the easily accessed Lower Loop north of town and Tonys’ Trail which leads to the Upper Loop east of town. While the singletracks are indeed unrivaled, there is no shortage of doubletrack, dirt roads that lead away from highways and houses and into the forest. Lakes, remnants of abandoned mining operations, and multitudes of creeks and rivers await. Doubletracks provide those who don’t have much experience on mountain bikes the opportunity to practice basic skills while still getting away from it all. Easily accessed doubletracks include Slate River Road (and on to Paradise Divide), Washington Gulch Road, Gothic Road from Mt. Crested Butte to the Gothic Townsite, Brush Creek Road, Cement Creek Road and Kebler Pass with the fork to Lake Irwin. The following is a mere sampling of all the existing rides. For more information on them and the many additional ones, go to any bike shop or outdoor shop for maps and guidebooks. Their knowledgable staffs will be able to be able to get you spinning in the right direction. Or simply call a local guide company for personal excursions.

Expert trails

Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadmans Ride from town for a good, flat eightmile warmup or drive up Cement Creek Road (Crested Butte South) to the bottom of the Deadmans switchbacks. This long ride entails a 2,700 feet cumulative elevation gain and a true challenge starting

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with a dirt road climb and on to a diverse array of singletrack before a 30-switchback descent back to Cement Creek Road. Teocalli Ridge Starting with a warmup ride from town out Brush Creek Road, it’s approximately 25 miles with 2,200 feet cumulative elevation gain. Plenty of intermediate and advanced singletrack make this a challenge. Steep climbs rewarded with long (and steep) descents. Trail 401 Widely known as a Crested Butte classic. Length depends on whether the start is Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte or just past Gothic at the Judd Falls trailhead. 2800 feet cumulative elevation gain starting with a steady climb to the top of Schofield Pass and then on to singletrack. The trail, with two early exits, officially ends at the upper Judd Falls trailhead. Steep climbs and descents, consistent and long downhills. Green Lake 10 miles round trip. 1,700 feet cumulative elevation gain. One of the more convenient rides around yet a difficult one despite its distance. The trailhead is located just south of town on the Bench. While not long in miles, this trail is consistently steep and challenging nearly the entire way to

the lake. But the lake provides a chance to cool off. And the downhill, it’s fast.

Intermediate Rides

Strand Hill 17 miles round trip from town out Brush Creek Road. 1,500 feet cumulative elevation gain. Once to the double track, it’s all up and then all down on spectacular singletrack. At the bottom, take a hard left onto the Canal trail for even more back down to Brush Creek Road. Some steep descents. Farris Creek 20 miles round trip from town up Brush Creek Road and past the entrance to Strand Hill. 1,400 feet cumulative elevation gain. A significant amount of doubletrack with steep, rocky descents/singletrack toward the end. Snodgrass Approximately 10 miles round trip from town. 900 feet cumulative elevation gain. One of Crested Butte’s most well-known trails. Offers some beautiful scenery and a chance for some of the best wildflower viewing around. Starts near the beginning of the dirt road to Gothic with steady climbs leading to rolling, mostly downhill singletrack to Washington Gulch Road. Open partial season only.

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Upper Loop These trails can be accessed from Mt. Crested Butte on Hunter Hill Road or by riding east of Crested Butte on Elk Avenue to Tonys’ Trail. While the Upper Loop has long stretches of beginner terrain, it also has its challenges which, depending on the experience level, may require some walking. The trail provides some of the best views of Crested Butte. A great afternoon excursion. Washington Gulch to Slate River 22 miles round trip from town. 2,000 feet cumulative elevation gain. Graded dirt road takes you west of town on Washington Gulch Road and returns to town via Slate River Road. No singletrack but a great tour of the backcountry with consistent climbing and descending. Once to Paradise Divide Road, it’s left to the Slate River or, for a quick and rewarding diversion, go right to the top of the divide.

Beginner Rides

Pittsburgh 16 miles round trip on Slate River Road. 800 feet cumulative elevation gain. This ride takes you out Slate River Road to the old Pittsburg Townsite. Entire ride is on a relatively flat dirt road along the Slate River. Throw a picnic lunch in a backpack and head out! The Lower Loop Ten miles round trip starting north of town on Peanut Lake Road (accessed from Butte Avenue). One of Crested Butte’s most popular trails, recently reopened to the public. An excellent choice for the novice or for those of you looking for a more mellow yet very scenic ride. Great for wildflower viewing. Some rocks may require getting off the bike. Brush Creek Road See a little of everything and go as far as you feel like on this road that starts just two miles south of Crested Butte. Creek crossings, peaks all around, plenty of places to eat a picnic lunch. The road gets progressively steeper and rougher as it leads on up toward Pearl Pass and more remote singletrack around the Friends Hut and Star Pass.

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Mountain biking was not part of my life plan. I grew up in Minnesota, where people did sensible things like hike and paddle canoes. Quiet, peaceful activities reminiscent of the way Native Americans once traveled the region. While I wouldn’t say my roots made me risk averse—I’ve paddled whitewater, after all, in Ontario and the Northwest Territories—I couldn’t comprehend riding down a mountain on two wheels, even if the tires were fat. And then I moved to Crested Butte (I know, so many stories begin that way). My love affair with biking was immediate. I loved the sense of freedom it gave me, even if I did have to ride up miles of rocky hills. It was worth the pain, the near hyperventilation and the threat of tears, just to point those tires downhill. I’ve been pleased to learn that my second season of mountain biking is even better than the first. I haven’t cried once, and hills that once made me wonder if I had undiagnosed asthma are manageable—even fun. And when it comes to downhill? I no longer brake the whole way down, and I can make it through that rocky patch at the bottom of Strand about 80 percent of the time (you know the one—the big rock followed by an even bigger root and a steeper drop-off). The only hiccup is that I have a problem with falling. After I banged up my shoulder and scraped up my elbow, my boyfriend has threatened an intervention should another injury interfere with climbing. I’ve also started to wonder if I really need to hang off the back of my bike, my butt over the back wheel, just to get through Strand. So when I learned about the Friday night women’s bike clinics at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, I decided to give it a go. After all, there are some things you should never try to learn from your boyfriend, and mountain biking is one of them. I got myself outfitted with a specialized downhill bike and got ready to learn. Right out of the gate, instructor Janae Pritchett talked about that spot on Strand. She’s known for dominating the local racing circuit, but says she learned through trial and error—in the beginning that often meant coming home bruised and battered. It was training for the Xterra triathalon that she finally felt like she made some progress, and now she teaches from experience and the belief that improvement comes through thousands of baby steeps. The trick with that spot on Strand, she said, was to slow down before you got to it and then ease up on the brakes, to let your momentum carry you through. “Otherwise you end up hanging off the back of the bike, and that’s not good, right? That’s how we lose control,” she said. I nodded, like I knew that too.

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The premise of the clinic was simple: a group of women head out on the mountain, ride the Red Lady Lift during free Fridays, and practice whatever skills they want to work on. Our group was small—four total with Janae—with a beginner, an advanced rider who calls herself an intermediate, and me in the middle. We all wanted to work on cornering. Janae’s instructions were deceptively simple: elbows up, knees wide, weight low and heels down. Picking your butt up off the seat does not mean standing up, because you need to keep your weight low. And above all, keep your eyes up (that one I knew, but after a long day of work, my eyes have a way of locking onto my front wheel). We loaded up on the lift and made our way to the top of Awakening. When it comes to sports I prefer to be naturally good, and since that’s rarely (or never) the case, I prefer that no one watch what I’m doing. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Janae taking turns riding behind each of us, calling out tips and advice. But if she were willing to ride behind me every time I went out on my bike I’d be stellar in no time. “Elbows,” she’d say, and I’d realize I’d forgotten my arms completely while focusing on keeping my eyes up. It only got harder to juggle the cues when we started practicing corners. Everything made sense intellectually: ride high on the turn, push down on the outside pedal, break until you need to and then let go. But my body has been doing things its own way for a while now, and it doesn’t like change. “Let’s just focus on three things,” Janae said on our last run of the day, and the simplicity helped. I pushed my heels down and kept my knees wide, and I could feel the bike move faster. I could feel the potential of learning a new way to ride. But two hours goes fast in a clinic, and I left with a brain fuzzy from new information. The real test, I knew, would come the next day when I rode up to the mountain from town and followed Columbine to the start of Awakening on my own. I paused at the top to gather my thoughts, and I definitely talked out loud. “Eyes up, heels down. Elbows up, knees wide. Don’t hug the seat with your thighs,” and I was off. I will not pretend I had racing form. I did not remember to keep my elbows up. But I didn’t brake through every turn, and when I hit the whooptis after the switchbacks, I did not hit the brakes. My body was low over the bike, and I did not hang off the back. My bike felt fast, rocketing over the trail like it never had before. Don’t tell my Minnesota relatives, but it was way better than hiking. Women’s Bike Clinics at CBMR Led by local bike experts. Registration is $25 per clinic. Call 349-2211 to register or for more information.

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May   u2  5-27â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison Growler, Gunnison  u2  5â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Herb Class Series â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dandy Dandelions, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u3  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Astronomy Workshop for Adults, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Gunnison u3  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Recycled Fashion Runway Show, Gunnison Arts Center   

calendar. u3  0-August 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Music Festival   

July  

uJ  une 26-September 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tour de Forks, a Gourmet Dining Series benefitting Crested Butte Center for the Arts uJ  une 30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;August 11â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Music Festival u1  -3â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Summer Theatre For Youth Workshops, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u1  , 8, 15, 22, 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alpenglow concerts, Crested Butte Center for the Arts u2  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Black & White Ball, Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum u1  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kids Fishing Derby & Outdoor Sports Expo, Jorgensen Park, Gunnison u2  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Live Painting Series at the Lobar, presented by Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u2  , 9, 16, 23, 30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sundays @ 6 (Free Concerts) Presented by Gunnison Arts Center, Legion u2  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 50 Shades of Mead Metcalf in Bondage, Crested Butte Center for the Arts Park, Gunnison u3  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Richie Furay Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts u6  -8â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ten-Minute Plays, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u3  , 10, 17, 24, 31â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wednesdays at Western State Colorado University u6  , 16, 21, 27, 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Mountain Runners fun runs u3  , 18, 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Summer Concert Series at I Bar Ranch, Gunnison u7  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison u4  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Independence Day Fun in Gunnison, Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte u7  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belles perform at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts u5  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison u7  , 14, 21, 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fridays @ 5 at the Gunnison Art Center, Live Music on the Courtyard u5  , 12, 19, 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fridays @ 5 at the Gunnison Art Center, Live Music on the Courtyard u8  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13th Annual Taylor Park Marina Fishing Derby, Taylor Reservoir u5  , 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing, Gunu9  , 16, 23, 30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Elk Avenue & Second Street nison u1  0-28- Xanadu Performing Arts Company: Summer Theatre Camp, Center for the Arts u6  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taste of Gunnison Valley, Jorgensen Park, Gunnison u1  4, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing, Gunnison u6  -7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bluegrass In Paradise presented by Crested Butte Music Festival, Mt. Crested Butte u1  5â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Adventure Park, Evolution Bike Park, Zip Lines & Chairlifts Open, CBMR u6  -14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Cattlemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Days, Gunnison u1  7-21â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB School of Dance presents Dance in the Mountains u6  , 13, 20, 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Virginia Avenue & Main Street u1  8â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ORE presents Energy Smart Environmental Film Series, Center for the Arts u7  , 14, 21, 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AWEfest Presented by Artists of the West Elks, Elk Avenue u1  9, 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wednesdays at Western State Colorado University, Various Topics & Locations u7  , 14, 21, 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Elk Avenue & Second Street Each Week u7  , 14, 21, 28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sundays @ 6 (Free Concerts) Presented by Gunnison Arts Center, Legion u1  9-22â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taste of Crested Butte Park u2  0-23â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Writers Conference, Elevation Hotel & Spa, Mt. Crested Butte u8  -11â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB School of Dance presents Ballet Intensive u2  0, 27â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Summer Concert Series at I Bar Ranch, Gunnison u8  -12â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Summer Theatre For Youth Workshops, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u2  2â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Youth Astronomy Camp, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Gunnison u8  -14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Wildflower Festival u1  9-23â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison u9  â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ORE presents Energy Smart Environmental Film Series, Center for the Arts u2  2â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Film Festival shows â&#x20AC;&#x153;Searching for Sugarmanâ&#x20AC;? at the Center for the Arts u1  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Film Festival and the CB Music Festival presents Concert Halls to Film-The Conu2  2, 29â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunnison Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Virginia Avenue & Main Street ductor Composes at the Center for the Arts u2  4â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alpenglow concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts u1  0, 17, 24, 31â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Live! From Mt. Crested Butte (free outdoor concert series), Crested Butte u2  6-30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Bike Week Mountain Resort u2  6-September 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tour de Forks, a Gourmet Dining Series benefitting Crested Butte u1  0, 17, 24, 31â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte Center for the Arts u1  1â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Film Festival shows â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sidewaysâ&#x20AC;? at the Center for the Arts u2  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte u1  1-14â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival u2  8-29â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gunny Grass bluegrass festival, I Bar Ranch, Gunnison   1, 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CB Mountain Runners fun runs u1 u2  9â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trailhead Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum SplatterDash, 5k and 1k fun race, downtown Crested u1  2-13â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Caddis Cup (fly-fishing tournament) presented by Crested Butte Land Trust Butte u 13- Matt Flinner plays the Crested Butte Food & Wine Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand Tasting u2  9-30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Big Mountain Enduro Biking Series, Crested Butte Mountain Resort u1  5-19â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Summer Theatre For Youth Workshops, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u2  9-30â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour for the Adaptive Sports Center, Crested u1  6-28â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Opera In Paradise, presented by Crested Butte Music Festival Butte Ä&#x2022;MFOBNF1FBL4QPSUT#JLF3FOUBMtTJ[FY u1  7â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Make Clay Maracas: A Family Workshop, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts u3  0â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AWEfest Presented by Artists of the West Elks, Elk Avenue

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calendar. u1  8– CB Film Festival shows “SAMSARA” at the Center for the Arts u1  9-20– Summer Theatre for Youth Performances presented by Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Mallardi Cabaret Theatre u1  9-20– Epic Rocky Mountain Relay, Run from Canon City to Crested Butte u1  9-21– National Cutting Horse Association Competition Lacy Ranch Cutting (free to watch), Lacy Ranch u2  0– Bridge to Bridge Fly Fishing Tournament, Gunnison River u2  2-August 3– CB School of Dance presents The Summer Showcase u2  4-28, 30-31– “Cabaret” presented by Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u2  5– ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte u2  5-28– Writing the Rockies: Gunnison Creative Writers Workshop, Western State Colorado Univ. u2  6– Keller Williams performs at the Big Mine Rink, a Center for the Arts production u2  7– 14th Annual Living Journeys Summit Hike & Mountain Half-Marathon, CBMR u2  8– 39th Annual Gunnison Art in the Park, Legion Park, Gunnison   

August  

uJ  une 26-September 8– Tour de Forks, a Gourmet Dining Series benefitting Crested Butte Center for the Arts uJ  une 30–August 11– Crested Butte Music Festival u1  – ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte u1  , 8, 15– Summer Concert Series at I Bar Ranch, Gunnison u2  – First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison u2  -4– Crested Butte Arts Festival, Elk Avenue u2  , 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31– Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing, Gunnison u2  , 9, 16, 23, 30– Fridays @ 5 at the Gunnison Art Center, Live Music on the Courtyard u2  , 11, 24– CB Mountain Runners fun runs u3  – Aspens & Wildflowers Photo Walk, presented by Art Studio of the Center for the Arts & CB Arts Festival u3  – Cocktails & Clay, presented by Art Studio of the Center for the Arts & CB Arts Festival  u3  , 10, 17, 24, 31– Gunnison Farmers’ Market, Virginia Avenue & Main Street u4  – Amy Helm performs at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts u4  -5– Crested Butte Open Golf Tournament & Gala benefiting the Adaptive Sports Center u4  , 11, 18, 25– Sundays @ 6 (Free Concerts) Presented by Gunnison Arts Center, Legion Park u4  , 11, 18, 25– Crested Butte Farmers’ Market, Elk Avenue & Second Street u5  , 12– Alpenglow free concerts, Crested Butte Center for the Arts u7  , 14, 21– Wednesdays at Western State Colorado University u7  , 14, 21, 28– Live! From Mt. Crested Butte free concerts, Crested Butte Mountain Resort u7  , 14, 21, 28– Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte u9  – ORE’s Sustainaball, Mountaineer Square Ballroom u9  -11– Gypsy Jazz In Paradise, presented by Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte & Mt. CB u1  1– Paula Poundstone on stage at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts

Crested Butte News • Summer 2013 • 13 u1  1, 18, 25– AWEfest Presented by Artists of the West Elks, Elk Avenue u1  5– CB Film Festival shows “Moonrise Kingdom” at the Center for the Arts u1  5-18– Gunnison Car Show Weekend, Gunnison u2  0– ORE presents Energy Smart Environmental Film Series, Center for the Arts u2  2– Mark Chesnutt performs at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts u2  3-24– Reader’s Theatre, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u2  4-25– 24 Hours in the Sage bike race, Hartman Rocks, Gunnison  9– ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte u2 u3  0– Town Mountain performs at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts u3  1– MarchFourth Marching Band performs at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts u3  1-September 1– The People’s Fair Elk Avenue   

September  

uJ  une 26-September 8– Tour de Forks, a Gourmet Dining Series benefitting Crested Butte Center for the Arts uA  ugust 31-September 1– The People’s Fair, Elk Avenue u1  -30– September Splendor in the Rockies, Valleywide u1  – West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison to Crested Butte u1  , 8, 15, 22, 29– Crested Butte Farmers’ Market, Elk Avenue & Second Street u1  , 21, 26– CB Mountain Runners fun runs u6  , 7, 13, 14– Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing, Gunnison u6  – First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison u6  – Fridays @ 5 at the Gunnison Art Center, Live Music on the Courtyard u6  -8– Astrophotography Workshop, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Gunnison u7  – Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, Mt. Crested Butte u7  , 14, 21, 28– Gunnison Farmers’ Market, Virginia Avenue & Main Street u7  -8– 37th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour, Crested Butte to Aspen u1  0– ORE presents Energy Smart Environmental Film Series, Center for the Arts u1  3– Shawn Mullins performs at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts u1  5-21– Vinotok fall harvest festival u1  9– Sneak Peek of the Crested Butte Film Festival at the Center for the Arts u2  6– ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte u2  6-29– Crested Butte Film Festival u2  7-29– Rocky Mountain Collegiate Mountain Bike Races, CBMR u2  9– Closing Day for Adventure Park, Bike Park, Zip Lines & Chairlifts, CBMR   

October  

u3  -6– Fall Play, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u4  – First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison u5  , 12, 19, 26– Gunnison Farmers’ Market u6  , 13– Crested Butte Farmers’ Market, Elk Avenue & Second Street u1  0-13– Fall Play, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre u3  1– Halloween Parade Presented by KBUT Radio, Elk Avenue Dates are subject to change. Calendar compiled by the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association


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Six miles Moderate loop Kebler Pass area offers the largest stand of aspen trees in the world and this trail takes you through one of the most spectacular aspen forests in the world. To get to Horse Ranch Park, drive west out of Crested Butte over Kebler Pass (dirt but a 2-wheel drive road) for eleven miles until you see a Forest Service sign on the right side. Pull into the parking lot and stay right following the road another 2,000 feet to the marked trailhead. From there, follow trail #830 down through the forest. The trail goes up and down winding through the aspens. After about 45 minutes (approximately 2 miles) you will get to a great overlook. You can see the Beckwith Mountains and into the Paonia valley while sitting on the Dyke. This would be a good place to turn around for people wanting to have a mellow day. If you continue on you will drop down a hill and there will be sign on your right leading to Oh-BeJoyful Pass. Follow the trail to the right and you will cross a wilderness boundary. Follow this trail up and down over dead fall until you see another signed cross road. Go right toward Irwin. This will take you up through the rocky outcroppings of the Dyke. There are great places to have lunch and enjoy the views. Eventually you will reach the popular bicycle ride, the Dyke trail, after another 1 ½ miles. At this point head down and right through the giant Aspen forest. This section is quite beautiful too but be aware of mountain bikers going fast through this section. This trail will lead you right back to your car, a spectacular loop.

Copper Lake Eight miles Moderate If you are looking for the stereotypical Colorado high alpine lake with a waterfall, ragged peaks and the occasional deer walking by, this spot was made for you. Copper Lake offers one of the most spectacular arrays of beauty that Crested Butte has to offer. The hike is moderate but the final push to the lake is tough. Have faith and keep going, it will be worth it. To find the trailhead drive out of Crested Butte, through the Town of Mt. Crested Butte and onto the Town of Gothic. Just past Gothic, you will come to the Judd Falls parking area. You can park here or go another 1/2 mile up the road to the gated trailhead. Walk past the gate on a rocky jeep road to a singletrack trail on the right toward Judd Falls. When you reach the falls, take a break and read about Juddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history on a plaque near the bench overlooking Judd Falls. Continue on the road to the left for another 3 miles crossing a few creeks, most of which can be negotiated without getting your feet wet, but an extra pair of socks is always nice to have. continued on next page


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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a sign marking the way to Copper Lake and the last mile is rough and moderately steep but, remember, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re close so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up. The trail cruises through a camping area and drops you off on the shores of Copper Lake. If you are still feeling strong when you reach the lake, follow the trail around the right side of Copper Lake another 1/2 mile up to East Maroon Pass (11,800). The views are well worth the added exertion.

West Maroon Pass Thirteen Miles Easy uphill walk, but long West Maroon Pass is perhaps the most traveled hiking route between Crested Butte and Aspen. The trail is long but the rewards are worth it, taking you through beautiful open meadows and into the red sedimentary rocks high up in the Elk Mountains. The hike itself is not difficult nor is the trail hard to follow but it does climb a substantial amount of vertical and that can make for a long day. To reach the West Maroon Pass trailhead, take Gothic Road through Mt. Crested Butte, past the Town of Gothic and eventually over the top of Schofield Pass. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry, most passenger cars can make the drive and there are few places that are dangerous. From the top of Schofield Pass, you will encounter several switchbacks and descend into the meadow called Schofield Park. Just as you cross a bridge, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see a turn-off and campground on your right and find the West Maroon Pass trailhead. After a short walk through the trees, the trail begins climbing switchbacks past the ruins of an old mill. Continue upwards until the trail levels out somewhat and parallels the river. The trail traverses up the side of the valley for about two and a half miles, gaining considerable altitude as you go. The trail swings around the basin to a more northeasterly direction, still climbing, close to a beautiful little waterfall and then switchback upward again through lots of fairly thick willows and above timberline. The switchbacks will deposit you on another level part of the basin, and as you continue to traverse up the left side of the valley, you will come upon a trail branch to your left. This is the trail over Frigid Air Pass into beautiful Fravert Basin. Stay on the right-hand fork of the trail toward West Maroon Pass and the trail will swing left out of the meadows and into the rocks. At this point you are only a couple of switchbacks through the high bowl from the top of West Maroon Pass. From there itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long, easy downhill hike to Aspen on a fairly straightforward trail if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your plan. Otherwise, after soaking up the views, head back the way you came. While you may be tempted to take a shortcut back by cutting down and to the left through the valley, it is not a good idea. The willows are thick and the ground is wet. Much better time can be made by sticking to the trail.

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Mountain Runners typically organizes 13 or 14 morning and evening fun runs that take place from May through September and are open to any level of runner. These are fun runs, not competitive races, and feature refreshments and socializing after each event. A full schedule will be available by the end of April. The big run for the season is the Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart trail run on September 21, which coincides with the fall colors and Vinotok, a fall harvest festival in Crested Butte and features a 13.5-mile course (long half marathon) and a 19 mile-course. A $25 annual membership includes entry into all runs, with a few exceptions such as the Cart to Cart, which costs $20. Non-members pay $5 per fun run. For details, including meeting points and carpooling, visit www.cbmountainrunners.org in the near future. For questions call Martin Catmur at (970) 349-5326.

Imagine yourself and 11 friends starting from Cañon City and running past five 14,000-foot mountains, over three alpine passes and through four national forests to finish in Mt. Crested Butte. This photo by Lydia Stern 185-mile epic adventure 45th Annual Gothic to is billed as a “Running party Crested Butte Run, Walk or with friends. You might sleep, Crawl 1/3 Marathon– July 4 you might not.” For team format This longtime Independence options and registration informaDay favorite is a fund-raiser that tion, cost and more, visit www. benefits the nonprofit Rocky epicrelays.com. Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL).  The 8.56 mile Living Journeys Summit race begins at 8 a.m. in Gothic, Hike and Half Marathon– winds through the aspen woods July 27 and meadows to Mt. Crested For the third year, the Living Butte and ends in downtown Journeys Summit Hike will inCrested Butte.  Shuttle buses from clude a half marathon beginning Crested Butte will transport all at the base area of Crested Butte participants to the starting line in Mountain Resort at 8 a.m. on July Gothic. 27. The challenging course (apOnline registration is availproximately 13 miles) will include able at www.active.com or go to uphill, rolling cross-country and the RMBL website www.rmbl.org plenty of downhill on a combinafor a registration form. Pre-registion of jeep roads and singletrack. tration will be held on July 3 from The field is limited to 100 runners, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crested and prizes will be awarded for Butte Visitor Center, located at top male and female finishers, top Elk Avenue and Sixth Street. The master male and female, and top cost is $30, with children ages fund-raiser. All funds raised go 12 and under only $10. On the directly to individuals living with day of event, registrations will cancer in Gunnison County. The be accepted from 6 to 7 a.m. at cost is $50, and each participant is the Visitor Center, only if the cap encouraged to raise pledges. Go of 500 runners has not been met. to www.livingjourneys.org.

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Fishing Mecca in a Wealth of Waterways With hundreds of miles of scenic waterways and 3 million new fish released each year from the state’s Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, Gunnison County is an excellent choice for a fishing vacation. Just to give you an idea how good the fishing is, Don Walker reeled in a lake trout (mackinaw) from Blue Mesa Reservoir that weighed 50.35 pounds. The previous record, set in 2002 by his brother-in-law, was shattered by about 3.5 pounds. Blue Mesa Reservoir, located west of Gunnison is the state’s largest body of water and home to the biggest kokanee salmon fishery in the United States. Gunnison County also holds state records for the largest brown trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon.

Fishing Mecca The wealth of public water in Gunnison County makes for exceptional fishing: less pressure on the fish means more success for anglers. Gunnison County’s lakes and streams are home to kokanee salmon, northern pike, and brown, rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Mackinaw trout. Area waters entice dry fly-fisherman from June through early November with their strong insect hatches. Gunnison River: The area’s largest and most popular fishing river, the Gunnison River, begins near the small town of Almont at the confluence of the East and Taylor rivers. Stretches of this legendary trout stream, including a section of Gold Medal trout water downstream from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, are among Colorado’s finest trout water. The Gunnison River is the second largest river in the state and has more fish per mile than any other river in the state, according

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to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. East River: The free-flowing East River is smaller, with a section of wild trout water above and below the Roaring Judy Hatchery, located approximately 11 miles north of Gunnison. The Roaring Judy ponds, located beside the river at the hatchery, provide a home for record-breaking brown trout and many small rainbows. Taylor River: The Taylor River flows through its craggy canyon in the shadow of the jagged Sawatch Range to Taylor Park Reservoir, a beautiful high mountain lake that teems with cutthroats, rainbows and browns. Below the dam, a prime catch-and-release area yields 6- to 12-pound rainbows and is reported to contain rainbow trout that are larger than the current state record. Blue Mesa: Good fishing—by photo by Mike Eaton boat or from the shoreline—also is found at Blue Mesa Reservoir within the Curecanti National Recreation Area. With 92 miles of shoreline, Blue Mesa Reservoir offers a large number of great fishing spots. Many of Gunnison County’s unspoiled alpine lakes—where solitude and breathtaking scenic beauty is the norm, rather than the exception—also are accessible by vehicle. For those who prefer a guide, Gunnison County has a number of private outfitters for scenic backcountry fishing and float trips. Visit www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com for a list of outfitters and to sign up for an email newsletter about fly-fishing conditions on the Gunnison River, East River, Taylor River and the Taylor River catch-and-release area by clicking on “e-mail newsletter sign-up” in the right corner.

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The Gunnison Valley boasts some of the most scenic rivers in the nation, those that wind through areas relatively untouched by mankind. Two rivers, the Taylor River and the Gunnison River, are the most easily navigable and offer exciting and spectacular water for rafters, kayakers and canoeists of all abilities. Twenty miles south of Crested Butte is Almont, a small but bustling hub for boaters and the best place to get information about the Taylor River which flows right by the river raft outpost. The Taylor River flows out of the Taylor Reservoir cutting through the Taylor Canyon, home to elk, bighorn sheep, deer and a variety of falcons, golden eagles and hawks. The Taylor River has stretches of class I, class II and technical class III rapids that can keep you on your toes. Fall asleep at the helm and you may get the exhilarating rush of swimming in the cool waters of a Rocky Mountain stream. The Gunnison River offers more open water than the Taylor and can be a leisurely float through sections of the valley that can only be seen from a boat as it winds along the Palisade Cliffs formed when the Gunnison Valley was a bubbling volcanic epicenter. The Gunnison River, or “the Gunni,” is a great place for beginner boaters but also offers the newly constructed whitewater park on the outskirts of the City of Gunnison. The whitewater park presents more experienced kayakers exciting river features, surf holes and splat rocks for kayakers to hone their rodeo skills or test the waters of more advanced kayak moves. Further downstream from the whitewater park, the river settles again into a quiet stretch that can be followed all the way to Blue Mesa Reservoir. If you wish to venture down a section of the Black Canyon below the Blue Mesa dam, you can climb aboard a pontoon boat tour. There are several guide services available in Crested Butte, Gunnison and Almont to hire for a fun family raft trip or to rent gear if you wish to go it alone. One thing is for sure; the rivers of the Gunnison Valley will take you to places in the valley few have seen. They will give you an entirely different perspective on the surrounding lands.

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July 10

“Health Care Reform”, Jack Cochran, M.D. 7:30 p.m. Free. CB Center for the Arts

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“Afghanistan: Dangerous Ground”, Phillip Walker, J.D., M.Phil. 7:30 p.m. Free. CB Center for the Arts

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“Special Event: to be announced” 7:30 p.m. Free. CB Community School, Multipurpose Rm

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“Nuclear Nightmares”, Joseph Cirincione, M.S. 7:30 p.m. Free. CB Community School, Multipurpose Rm

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“Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine the Future”, author Stephen Grace. 7:30 p.m. Free. CB Center for the Arts

August 14 “The Real Threats to our National Forests: Deficits and Devolution”, Andrew Stahl, B.S.7:30 p.m. Free. CB Center for the Arts August 21 “Drones: The Future of War?”, Heather Hurlburt, B.A., M.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. CB Center for the Arts August 28 “Global Warming and Food Production”, Gerald Nelson, Ph.D.7:30 p.m. Free. CB Center for the Arts

would like to thank the following participating businesses and their customers for preserving open space in Gunnison County! Karyn Adelman Acupuncture Alpengardener Altitude Painting Ananda Massage Andrew Hadley Architect Bacchanale Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven Bliss Community Chiropractic CB Card Company Creekside Spa Crested Butte Cartoon Map Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Think Local First! Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Crested Butte Mountain Resort: 9380 Butte 66 The Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin Paradise Warming House WoodStone Bar and Grille Jefe’s Crested Butte Rental and Demo Center Thin Air Sports Elevation Station On Mountain Basics White Room Apparel Logo’d at Crested Butte Logo’d at Grand Lodge Camp CB Spellbound Pizza Co. Ten Peaks Crested Butte Mountain Guides Crested Butte News Crested Butte Property Management CB Nordic Center Cement Creek Ranch Clear Rivers Skin Care The Cut Above Dragonfly Anglers Dragon Sheet Metal Donita’s Cantina Elk Mountain Lodge Escape Bodywork Boutique Evans Contracting

Gas Café Gunnison Brewery Gunnison Country Shopper Heather Elliot/Graphic Designer Holly’s Ride Guides inAWE Gallery Interior Visions Ivy Walker Studios J.C. Leacock Photography Le Bosquet Main Street Clinic Mikey’s Pizza Montanya Distillers Lynn Moore, Moore for Your Money Mountain Colors Mountain Spirits The Mountain Store Mountain Tails Munchkin’s Music and Dance Nathan Bilow Photography Office for Resource Efficiency Energy Wise Business Program Oh Be Dogful Pet Ranch Oh Be Joyful Gallery Paragon Gallery Paws in Paradise Pema Dawa Pioneer Guest Cabins Pitas in Paradise Red Lady Realty RMBL-The Gothic Store Rocky Mountain Trees and Landscaping Ruben’s New Mexican Restaurant Sacred Journals by Jennifer Rose Soul Graphics by Jessy Moreland Sprout Studio Sunflower Deli Third Eye Photography Timberline Mechanical Timothy White Studio Town of Mt. Crested Butte Townie Books Why Cook?! Wildrose Appraisal Yoga for the Peaceful

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a World of Festivals and Special Events SplatterDash– June 29 The Trailhead Children’s Museum is bringing a new kind of 5K to Crested Butte, the first annual SplatterDash on June 29. It’s a family friendly 5k and 1k for the kids that starts in town at Totem Pole Park. You start in a white t-shirt, clean as a whistle. You end up looking like a rainbow. Volunteers splatter non-toxic paint powder on the participants during the race for a one-of-a-kind experience. After the race, the Trailhead will throw a party for participants at Totem Pole Park. All proceeds from the event benefit the Trailhead Children’s Museum. Register for the race at trailheadkids.org.

Fourth of July celebration– July 4 What’s more quintessential Crested Butte than the annual Fourth of July parade? The Fourth of July is an explosion of fun in Crested Butte. The day kicks off with the Crested Butte Fire & EMS Department’s Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the fire station in Crested Butte. Or look more to your athletic side at the 44th Annual Gothic to Crested Butte Run, Walk or Crawl 1/3 Marathon beginning at 8 a.m. in Gothic, winding through the aspen woods and meadows to Mt. Crested Butte and ending in downtown Crested Butte. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) based in Gothic. Online registration is available at www.active.com or go to www.rmbl.org for a registration form and information. Expect funky, fun and good-natured laughter as people line Crested Butte’s Elk Avenue at least four deep to take in the spectacle of the July 4th parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Expect to see waterslides on flatbeds, someone perhaps breathing fire, and skiing on snow… in July. Scientists, staff and friends of RMBL have built a reputation for

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wearing outfits created from skunk cabbage leaves. If getting wet isn’t your idea of fun, stay away from the first block of Elk Avenue because after the parade it turns into the wet zone for a big water fight complete with a fire truck. Stick around downtown for live music, a food court and old-fashioned games like the log saw competition, pie eating contest, three-legged race and more after the parade. As part of the Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF), a free patriotic concert by Boston Brass, one of the world’s best brass ensembles, begins at 4 p.m. on the Crested Butte Center for the Arts’ outdoor stage.

Cattlemen’s Day– July 6-14 Cattlemen’s Days not only is making plans for a boot-stomping celebration in Gunnison from July 6-14, this granddaddy of Colorado rodeos also continues to be the #1 rodeo in the country for dollars raised for breast cancer and was recognized for being one of five best medium-sized rodeos in the U.S. last year. As always, the marquee events for Cattlemen’s Days are the rodeos with their thrills, spills and good-natured fun. Kids and adults alike will love the antics of rodeo clowns, cowboys displaying

courage and skill on bucking broncos, the pageantry and much more. Plus, there is nothing like sitting in the grandstand and seeing the sun set behind the mountains and taking a spin on a carnival ride under the stars. Top competitors from throughout the country will on hand the evenings of July 11-13 at 7 p.m., with each night having a special theme. For the Tough Enough To Wear Pink rodeo on July 11, Cattlemen’s Days pledges a portion of admissions to the local campaign, and many cowboys wear pink. Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white and blue or the American flag on their clothing at the Patriot Night rodeo on July 12. At the July 13 Family Night rodeo, kids 10 and under are admitted free for general seating or $5 for grandstand seating, when accompanied by an adult

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purchasing a ticket. Rodeo ticket sales begin on July 5 at the Cattlemen’s Days ticket booth located in the Gunnison Bank and Trust parking lot. Tickets also can be purchased at the door for $15 general admission and $20 grandstand seating. Tough Enough to Wear Pink is an important element to Cattlemen’s Days. There’s much larger rodeos around the country, but Cattlemen’s Days continues to be the top Tough Enough to Wear Pink fundraiser. One of the highlights of the local TETWP calendar is the festival’s annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Concert and Auction on July 9, featuring Nashville singers/songwriters Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Dean Dillon. The event starts at 6:15 p.m. and will be held at Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte. Tickets cost $75 and include the concert and light appetizers. “Through a partnership with the national Tough Enough to Wear Pink program, Cattlemen’s Days TETWP is dedicated to providing local funding for breast cancer awareness, support, screenings and equipment. Since efforts began in 2006, Cattlemen’s Days TETWP has paid out more than $302,000,” says Chris Henkle, chair of Cattlemen’s Days TETWP. For more details, go to www.gunnisontetwp.com.

Wildflower Festival- July 8-14 Designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado State Legislature in 1990, Crested Butte will host the 27th annual Wildflower Festival July 8-14. Visitors, photographers and artists from across the United States and abroad journey to Crested Butte to witness nature’s explosion of color during the festival and the weeks surrounding and well into the month of August. During Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, more than 200 events will showcase the lush landscapes and focus on activities that include wildflowers such as hikes and walks, jeep tours, garden tours, and workshops in photography, art, gardening, medicinals and botany. The festival also will be offering activities through early September this year.

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Highlights for the 2013 festival include a hike through the Maroon Bells Wilderness to Aspen; a hike to historic mining town Crystal; classic Crested Butte hikes to Scarp Ridge, Cloud City, Schofield Pass, Snodgrass and the West Maroon Pass area. There will be photography classes, a Wildflower Happy Hour with the American String Quartet, gardening classes, plein air painting classes… the list goes on! For more information about the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, call (970) 349-2571 or visit www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival. com. The festival will be headquartered at the Crested Butte Community School during the weeklong celebration.

10th Annual Caddis Cup Fly-Fishing TournamentJuly 12-14 
Catch the biggest flopper or tell the biggest whopper during the Crested Butte Land Trust Caddis Cup fly-fishing tournament. Participants are invited to an opening barbecue at Cement Creek Ranch, where guides are matched with competitors to plot strategy. The next morning, each pair heads into the wilds for catch-and-release fly-fishing adventures in the valley’s most prized (and secret) fishing holes. At day’s end, everyone gathers for prizes, tall fish tales and a cocktail party, all on behalf of land conservation.  Registration can be taken by phone at (970) 349-1206 or email at events@cblandtrust.org.

Living Journey Summit Hike– July 27 Living Journeys will present the Summit Hike and Half Marathon on Crested Butte Mountain on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 7 a.m., rain or shine for a day filled with hiking or running, celebrating and community support. This will be the 14th year that visitors and locals will climb together to the summit of Crested Butte Mountain in honor, memory and in support of the people in their lives who have faced cancer. The event raises money every year to support the work that Living Journeys does in Gunnison County. Living Journeys is a non-profit that provides financial support in the form of grants, group and individual therapy and resources to men, women and children in Gunnison County living with and affected by cancer.

Where the Wild Things Are? They’re at the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival!

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Participants can hike to the top of Crested Butte Mountain (12,162 feet), ride the lift, run a half marathon, or just join the post-hike Celebration. In addition, each hiker and runner is encouraged to raise pledges. Prizes from Inov-8, Salomon and local businesses will be awarded for top fundraisers and finishers for the half marathon. Registration available at www.crestedbuttesummithike.zapevent.com or go to www. livingjourneys.org for pledge forms and more information.

Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, Mt. Crested Butte- September 7 Get into the spirit of autumn with Mt. Crested Butte’s annual Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off held on September 7 at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area. Heat up by sampling great chili prepared by area cook-off contestants, cool off with beers poured by several microbreweries and savor live music all afternoon. For admission costs and times, contact the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at (800) 814-8893 and visit the event’s Facebook page.

Crested Butte Film Festival– September 26-29 This year’s Festival includes nearly 100 films from 15 countries ranging in categories from Narrative Feature, Documentary, Foreign, Short, Outdoor Adventure, Environmental and our free film program for children, Mountain Kids Film. This year promises the biggest and best Festival yet, with more films than ever and an expected 3,000 attendees. Highlights of this year’s Festival include: Sundance selection Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes (starring Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, and Alfred Molina), Rising From Ashes (the journey of post-genocide Team Rwanda’s cycling team narrated by Forest Whitaker and starring Tom Ritchey and Jock Boyer), SXSW fave Drinking Buddies (starring Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick) and the gorgeous/mysterious Upstream Color (starring Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz), plus great new films submitted directly to CBFF. “This is going to be such an incredible Fest,” says Artistic Director Michael Brody. “We’ve gone after some of the bigger festival films that have luminaries attached whom we hope to bring here. It will be unlike anything Crested Butte has seen before.” The Crested Butte Film Festival, like other major film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca, is open to the public. Passes can be purchased at cbfilmfest.org and individual tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, please visit www.cbfilmfest.org.

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Alpenglow The Center for the Arts hosts free Monday night concerts this summer rain or shine at 5:30 p.m. The shows are at the Center’s Outdoor Stage at Crested Butte Town Park with a Cash bar with revolving specials and featured local food vendors each week for picnicking and listening pleasure.

June 24- Urban Island Steel

Conjuring the feelings of warm Caribbean sun and sinking your toes in the sand, Urban Island Steel maximizes the versatility of the melodious steel drum to perform danceable Caribbean folk tunes, popular island music, and unexpected pop classics. Food vendor: Office of Resource Efficiency.

July 1- David Mayfield Parade

David Mayfield concocts eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes with charisma, heart and comedy. Food vendor: Ashley Odom.

July 8- Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Deeply rooted in funk and fully committed to the ongoing evolution of the genre, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has a sound that is unique, yet has the power and soul to create lasting melodies and seismic rhythms. Food vendor: Ginger Café. Sponsor: Building Industry Night.

July 15- Desert Noises

Desert Noises make music for shouting into canyons, jumping into rivers, and getting married to the wide-open road. With definite strains of blues and Americana, their often-ferocious delivery and penchant for shredding guitars elicits a powerful transcendence into psychedelic rock. Food vendor: Mikey’s Pizza.

July 22- Mountain Standard Time

Mountain Standard Time’s own brand of “Rocky Mountain FreeGrass” is anything but traditional, leading acoustically with guitar and mandolin, MST boasts a big, full-band sound with keyboards, electric bass, drums, and electronic effects. Food vendor: Lucky Dog.

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July 29- New Speedway Boogie

Paying tribute to the spirit and tunes of the Grateful Dead by keeping alive the improvisation that made their mentors famous, NSP adds a fresh spark of creativity and passion to a music that truly knows no musical boundaries. Food vendor & Sponsor: Rotary Night.

August 5- Far West

Hailing from Los Angeles, The Far West play a country that is technically pure, slightly jaded, no-nonsense and honest with stellar storytelling for every-man. This is music you can dance to, start a brawl with or cry in your beer over - however the spirit moves you. Food vendor: Slogar.

August 12- The Empty Bottle Blues Band with Opal Moon

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July 17- Pato Banton and the Now Generation

Positive vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience. This high energetic reggae show brings love and positivity to audiences across the nation.

July 24- Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. Their infectious music will light up the stage and your dancing feet.

July 31- Sierra Hull

Singer, songwriter and mandolin player, Sierra has been described as “possessing clarity and fleet-fingered precision.” She calls it “playing with a point to prove.” While still young at the age of 21, her voice remains powerful and soulful and brings a new shining light to American Bluegrass.

August 7- Dangermuffin

Dangermuffin is an American band from Folly Beach, South Carolina. Their musical styles include Americana, folk, and jam music that’s organic and cool. The band is a trio whose instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and drums.

August 14- Mingo Fishtrap

With a sound dancing between gutbucket soul, N’awlins grit-down funk and horn fueled Motown pop, Mingo Fishtrap is an anomaly in the contemporary music scene. With each album, the group gravitates closer to the classic sounds that inspired them to learn their craft. What’s old is new again; with young audiences flocking to see a live show that lays its musical roots more in 1967 than 2012.

August 21- The Drunken Hearts

This six-piece Boulder based band will bring the sounds of Americana Bluegrass to the stage, jamming with “more heart than drink.” They’ve been described as having “a rock vibe imbued with country soul.” The Drunken Hearts will be a great sound to add to the evening sunshine in the summertime.  

August 28- The Pimps of Joytime

Get ready for a funky ride with this Brooklyn-based band, full of charisma and soul. Get ready to dance until the light of the moon as this group takes you away musically. They’re known as a groove machine to audiences who have had the opportunity to shake it to their tunes. This will be an epic finale to an awesome summer music series. Guaranteed.

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Celebrating

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SeptemBer 26-29, 2013 Four days, 90 international films and one unforgettable setting.

The visual arts are a permanent part of Crested Butte’s unique vibe. This valley has long celebrated creativity with special events that celebrate the arts. From the Crested Butte Arts Festival to the monthly ArtWalks, there are ways to get out and experience art first hand.

It’s the 2013 Crested Butte Film Festival. This year’s lineup includes narratives, documentaries, outdoor adventure, shorts, free children’s programming and filmmaker talks. So save the date.

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Inside and out, the views will be stunning. Look for the complete schedule September 1. Look For our monthLy FILm SerIeS BegInnIng In June For information, or to purchase your pass, please visit

First Fridays Art Walk and Music, Gunnison – June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4 ArtWalk Evenings – June 27, July 25, August 1, August 29, September 26 AWEfests – June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 11, 18, 25 Gunnison Art in the Park – July 28 Crested Butte Arts Festival – August 2-4 High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival, Gunnison – August 17 People’s Fair – August 31-September 1

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for program schedules, information or to register visit us at crestedbutterec.com facility rental information is available online www.townofcrestedbutte.com Parks and Recreation, facility Rentals Office is located at Town Hall, 507 Maroon Avenue 970.349.7197 • recreation@crestedbutte-co.gov

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ArtWalk Evenings – Crested Butte, June 27, July 25, August 1, August 29 and September 26 To wrap up the month in style, from June to September, Crested Butte’s ArtWalk Evenings bring art enthusiasts on a tour of the galleries on the last Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. Light refreshments, music and on-site artists are featured at many of the locations. ArtWalk Evenings also take place December-March. For a list of participating galleries, go to www. awearts.org.

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drawing world-class artists from all 50 states and several international exhibitors. Open-air booths line the five-block center of Crested Butte’s National Historic District, featuring 175 of the nation’s finest visual artists; music and entertainment; an art auction; chef and artist demonstrations; children’s activities; and a beer and wine pavilion. There also will be seminars, workshops, temporary art installations and the first annual “Art Under the Influence” kickoff celebration. Kicking off the culinary portion of the weekend is an “Art of Cooking” class with Executive Chef Spencer Hestwood of the Ginger Café, tentatively scheduled for August 1. Hestwood’s laidback, fun approach to Asian cuisine is paired with an amazing dinner, wine, beer and if you’re lucky the Ginger’s signature cocktail. Not to be missed are free culinary demonstrations by local and visiting chefs held during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the Viking culinary tent. Each demonstration is paired with craft beer and fine wine and features food samplings. Find out more by calling (970) 349-1184 or visiting www.crestedbutteartsfestival.com. continued on next page


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Wildflower Festival, July 8-14, and Crested Butte Arts Festival, August 2-4. For a detailed schedule, go to www.crestedbuttearts.org and click on Visual Arts. The Gunnison Arts Center also offers numerous art classes for kids and adults in a variety of mediums. Call (970) 641-4029 or go to www.gunnisonartscenter.org for all the details. The Trailhead Children’s Museum in Mt. Crested Butte has a variety of arts programming for kids year-round, including Art & Science Enrichment Camp for ages 5-11 available on summer weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (art programs are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). Little Innovators Camp for ages 3-5 features a mix of art and science on Tuesdays and Thursdays, either half day or full day. Both camps run from June 10-August 23 and can be taken one day at a time. Find out more about the museum, these programs and costs at www.trailheadkids.org or call (970) 349-7160. If furthering skills with a camera is of interest, Crested Butte-based photographer J.C. Leacock leads photo tours and workshops. Visit www.CBPhotoWorkshops.com or call (970) 901-0087.

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It may be cliche to say the hills are alive with the sound of music, but the saying rings true here. The 2013 Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) will feature more than 160 performers in concert halls, churches and stunning mountain homes and on outdoor stages in Crested Butte and Gunnison from June 30-August 11. Over the six weeks, enjoy top-notch performances in a wide variety of genres from opera and symphony to bluegrass and gypsy jazz. There are several concerts and educational opportunities to involve kids throughout. Visit www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com to review a full schedule and to purchase tickets. For more information, call (970) 349-0619. Some festival highlights include the first week, which is filled with Americana including an American Songbook performance by Ron Earl & friends on June 30, a free outdoor patriotic concert by Boston Brass on July 4, and Bluegrass In Paradise from July 1-7 that includes a Kids Camp, 10 bands performing on the weekend, and free bluegrass workshops. Benjamin Wallfisch will conduct the Festival Symphony Orchestra during the popular Have a Beer with Beethoven on July 11, “An Evening of Mozart and Mendelssohn” with special guest pianist Alexander Schimpf on July 14, and the Celebration fundraiser in conjunction with an aerial show by Duo Design on July 20. A festival favorite, Opera In Paradise runs from July 16-28, including Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” presented July 24, 25, 27 and 28 with performers from The Metropolitan Opera and throughout the country conducted by David Stern. There also will be several performances by the festival’s Marcello Giordani’s Young Artist Program and the Children’s Opera Chorus. Gypsy Jazz In Paradise has expanded to three days this year, August 9-11, with Ben Powell as host. International String Trio, The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet and The New Hot Club of America are featured guests for events such as concerts, a brunch and workshops. Six home soirées, offering the ultimate in intimate performances in beautiful mountain homes, will feature American String Quartet, opera performers led by Met bass-baritone and Festival Opera Director Keith Miller, Two Man Gentleman Band, The Junior Mance Trio, Takács Quartet and more. The free Divine Family Young People’s Concerts series on four Saturday mornings will have kids asking for more with Jambo on July 13, Keith Munslow on July 20, the children’s version of “Pirates of Penzance” on July 27, and Story Pirates on August 3. Opportunities for youth to learn include Boston Brass Music Camp on June 30-July 6, Swallow Hill Music’s Bluegrass In Paradise Kids Camp on July 1-5 and Children’s Opera Chorus from July 8-29. There also is the opportunity for adults to enroll in bluegrass workshops on July 7 and gypsy jazz workshops on August 10.

camps for kids who rip

action sports day camps for kids 6-13

groms sessions clinic-format action sports day camps for kids 7-18

groms factory team

competitive-level action sports camps for kids 8-18

crank’s tank skate lessons group & private skate lessons - beginner thru advanced for everyone

602 second st. - The CB nordic center seven days a week thru aug 25, 8:00a - 5:30p for more info gravitygroms@gmail.com or www.gravitygroms.com 970.765.6771 or facebook

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CB Mountain Theatre’s

Alpine Express Scenic Tours

summer lineup

The Crested Butte Mountain Theatre (CBMT) is the longest continuously running community theatre in Colorado, producing more than 250 plays over the last four decades. CBMT provides an open avenue for creative expression through community participation in all aspects of theatrical productions and foster 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 in the historic Old Town Hall at Second and Elk, offers a diverse season schedule of plays, adult and children’s workshops, youth programs, film and musical events throughout the year for the benefit of residents and visitors to our community. Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, celebrating 41 years of laughs and cheers, is your communitybased, volunteer-powered local theatre.

The Ten-Minute Plays – June 6-8

The Ten-Minute Plays are a great way to showcase the outstanding talent in the community, and it also gives people who have not performed on the Mallardi Stage the opportunity to do so. This year’s theme is “The/A Red Door.” CBMT’s annual celebration of locally written, produced, directed and acted short plays are always stimulating, provocative and entertaining.

Summer Theatre for Youth Workshops – July 1-3, 8-12, 15-19  

The Mountain Theatre believes in the power of the arts. Its youth programs are aimed

at recognizing the diversity of our audiences, exposing children to a wide range of ideas and experiences and insuring future audiences. Theatre participation teaches us leadership, decision-making, and communication skills; exposure to a variety of literature broadens our mental horizons and encourages independent, creative thinking. Theatre also teaches body awareness which develops motor skills, posture, and grace in movement. CBMT’s summer workshop covers two weeks culminating in two performances. Jamie Stambaugh takes the reigns in this season’s Summer Workshops held at the Mallardi Cabaret.

Ghost Towns • Old Mining Camps Snowfields • Paradise Divide TWO Trips daily 8:30 a.m. to Noon & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $50/Adult / $33 per child (12 years)

Cabaret– July 24-28, 30-31, August 1-4 

Book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb. Winner of eight Tony Awards for Best Musical, Composer and Lyricist, Director, Choreographer, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Supporting or Featured Actor and Supporting or Featured Actress. The scene is a night club in Berlin as the 1920’s are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. Don’t miss this outstanding summer musical.

Minimums Apply / Reservations Required

970.641.5074 / 800.822.4844 Alpine Express operates under special use permits from the U.S. Forest Service in the Gunnison National Forest

Experienced Guides

Trailhead Service:

West Maroon / East Maroon $12 per person ($48 minimum run fee) By reservation only 970.641.5074 Alpine Express Shuttle Service available for other locations including aspen

Reader's Theatre – August 23-24

The second of two new works by local and regional playwrights read on stage at the Mallardi by local actors of all ages. Offbeat, cutting edge and just plain entertaining, benefitting performers with limited time and…ah...memory.

Door to Door Airport Services Available 2013 Summer ProgramS from extended StudieS

All programs begin or take place on the campus of Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO Summer Teacher Institute: Graduate Credit Courses for K-12 Teachers June 10-22, 2013 Earn 1-2 graduate-level credits in a variety of courses. Take courses from engaging and experienced instructors. This is an opportunity for educators to enhance their content knowledge, share pedagogy, and network with educators from Colorado and beyond. On-campus housing available. Summer Academic Enrichment Camps: Outdoor adventures in addition to classroom activities for students entering 8th through 11th grades *Boston Brass Camp June 30 – July 6, 2013. *Environmental Leadership Camp June 23-28, 2013. *Recreation and Outdoor Education Camp July 8-14.

WEDNESDAYS AT WESTERN June 19-August 21

BLACK CANYON GEOLOGY HIKE Tom Prather, Wednesday, June 19, 8 AM-5PM. Field Trip. Cost: $30 INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING Gunnison River Fly Shop, Wednesday June 19, 9 AM- 3PM. Field Trip. Cost: $15 INTRODUCTION TO JUGGLING Paul Haygood, Wednesday, June 19, 9 AM-12 PM. Cost: $15 MINERAL TRIANGLE TOUR Duane Vandenbusche, Wednesday June 26, 7 AM-5 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $30 BOSTON PEAK SUMMIT HIKE Karen Immerso, Wednesday June 26, 7 AM-4 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $20 INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED JUGGLING Paul Haygood, Wednesday, June 26, 9 AM-12 PM. Cost: $15 THE ALPINE TUNNEL AND THE RACE TO THE GUNNISON COUNTRY Justin Lawrence, Wednesday, July 10, 8 AM-5 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $25 BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Gregg Morin,Wednesday, July 10, 9 AM-1 PM. Cost: $20

BEGINNER BICYCLE MAINTENANCE Brian Chapel, Wednesday, July 17, 1 PM-3 PM. Cost: $10 COCHETOPA PARK GEOLOGY Bruce Bartleson, Wednesday, July 17, 8AM-5PM. Field Trip. Cost: $30 ADVANCED BICYCLE MAINTENANCE Brian Chapel, Wednesday, July 24, 1 PM-3 PM. Cost: $10 CLAY BIRD WILDFLOWER SEED PODS Donna Rozman, Wednesday, July 24, 1 PM-4 PM. Cost: $15 THE HIGHEST FIRE LOOKOUT IN NORTH AMERICA: FAIRVIEW Justin Lawrence, Wednesday, July 24, 8 AM-5 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $25 CLIMB A 14,000’ PEAK Barbara Klingman, Wednesday, July 31, 6 AM-6 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $25 INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR PAINTING Donna Rozman, Wednesday July 31, 1 PM-4 PM. Cost: $15

For more information or to register visit www.western.edu/extendedstudies or call (970) 943-2885 or 800-876-5309, ext. 7. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all programs. Campus parking is free, no permit required.

GOTHIC MOUNTAIN SUMMIT HIKE Karen Immerso, Wednesday August 7, 7 AM-4 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $20 SEA KAYAKING BLUE MESA Barbara Klingman, Wednesday August 7, 10 AM -3 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $30 BLUE MESA TO LAKE CITY HISTORY TOUR Duane Vandenbusche, Wednesday August 14, 8 AM-5 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $30 HORSEMANSHIP AND RIDING Tenderfoot Outfitters, Wednesday, August 14, 9 AM-3 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $60 MOUNT BELLVIEW SUMMIT HIKE Karen Immerso, Wednesday August 21, 7 AM-4 PM. Field Trip. Cost: $20

**Field trip programs require you bring a daypack containing 1-2 liters of water, appropriate footwear for hiking/walking, rain jacket, hat, layers of clothing for inclement weather, snacks, camera and sun protection. All field trip activities include transportation and a sack lunch. Space is limited for courses. Sorry, no discounts are available for the Wednesdays at Western program. Registration deadline is Monday at noon for that Wednesday’s program. No refunds after registration deadline. All programs run rain or shine.


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activitiesguide. Adaptive Sports Center The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) has provided life-enhancing outdoor recreation to people with disabilities and their families since 1987. This summer we offer the following activities: mountain biking, handcycling (on-road and off-road), whitewater rafting (one-day and multi-day trips), canoeing, open water kayaking, sailing on Blue Mesa, hiking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and our challenge course.  Join us any day of the week for downhill or cross-country mountain biking on beautiful Mt. Crested Butte. Reservations recommended for all activities. We will also custom-tailor outdoor adventures for families, groups and individuals.  Group pricing and scholarships are available. The ASC is located on the lower level of the Treasury Center on Mt. Crested Butte and at 325 Belleview in the Town of Crested Butte. For more information about activities and special events, or to register, call (970) 349-2296, email info@adaptivesports.org or visit www.adaptivesports.org.

Adventure Park

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Mini Golf, Rock Climbing, Bungee Trampolines and the NEW Coke Zero Gravity BagJump. The Adventure Park is located at the Mt. Crested Butte base area and is fun for the entire family. Adventure Park activities include a covered 18 hole mini-golf course, bungee trampoline, climbing wall and airbag jump. Activities can be purchased à la carte or take advantage of the Adventure Ticket and enjoy unlimited access to chairlift rides and all Adventure Park activities. Tickets are available at the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square and at the Specialized Rental & Demo Center located in the Treasury Building. Opening for the summer season on June 15.

Alpine Express

Located at the Ski Area Evergreen Condo Building at THE HUB of the TRAILHEADS! www.crestedbuttesports.com

970.349.7516

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 we meet all flights into the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport.  Out of Ski Season we request a 48 hour advance reservation to provide service to and from the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport.  Year-round, 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.  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 Trailhead service 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 www.AlpineExpressShuttle.com.

Camp CB – On-Mountain Summer Adventures for Kids This summer your kids’ favorite ski instructors are sticking around the mountain for a whole different adventure. For the older kids, the Camp CB Summer Adventure program combines outdoor exploration, mountain sports and Adventure Park activities. For the younger ones, the Camp CB Nursery is the perfect spot to spend a day away from the parents. No matter the age, Camp CB has the perfect summer program for your little ones. The nursery begins at 2 months and Camp CB has age specific programming for ages 3-14. Open 7 days a week June 15 through September 2, 2013. For more information or to make a reservation, call (970) 349-2211. www. ridecb.com.

C B MacTrout, LLC., Fishing Guide Service Float fish the Gunnison with fly or lure, show a dry fly to a high mountain Colorado Cutthroat or Brookie in a remote mountain stream, go for a 16-20” Rainbow or Cuttbow on private water, stalk a 26” trophy Brown, fish a honey hole of Kokanee Salmon or go for that elusive fly fishing “Grand Slam”. Whatever your fly fishing desires and dreams, Gunnison Country has the water to satisfy and C B MacTrout has the guides to help get you there. Tackle, waders, boots, water, snacks and lunch provided as well as transportation to and from the water. We can teach beginners how to enjoy a new sport, guide an intermediate angler to the next level or help point an expert to the next goal. For information and reservations call (970) 901-7975, E-Mail: c.b.mactrout.llc@gmail.com  or visit our website at: www.cbmactrout.com.

Colorado Adventure Rentals Ride the top trails in Colorado on our ATVs and snowmobiles. Surrounded by majestic mountains and pristine beauty, you will experience the best of the Colorado Rockies. Our location is ideal for accessing a variety of trails, from the high alpine experiences in Crested Butte and Taylor Park, to the high desert environment of Gunnison, Almont and the Blue Mesa area. Explore off-road trails and mining roads dating back to the 1800s. There are over 2,000 miles of ATV, jeep, and 4-wheel drive trails in the Gunnison Basin, which provide access to spectacular mountain scenery, aspen forests, diverse landscapes, wildlife, rivers and creeks, and ghost towns. Choose from half-day to full-day adventures. Rental rates include insurance, helmets and instruction. We provide rentals in Gunnison, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Blue Mesa, and Grand Junction/Grand Mesa. Rent and ride out from many locations. (877) 641-3525 / (970) 641-3525 rider@coloradoadventurerentals.com www.ColoradoAdventureRentals.com.

Let us bring the massage to you! Colorado FreeSkier

Colorado FreeSkier is a locally owned and operated ski shop with locations in Mt. Crested Butte and Crested Butte.  This summer we are offering Stand Up Paddle board rentals at 322 Belleview.  Rates are $30 for 1/2 day and $45 for a full day.  This a great activity for the families and friends from beginners to experts, from lakes to rivers.  We are also offering amazing ski deals on skis and outerwear on our website and in our Mtn. Shop.  HandleBar Bike Shop will be joining us in our Mt. CB shop this summer as well.  Contact us at 970-349-6664 or on our website at www.coloradofreeskier.com, email us at info@coloradofreeskier.com. Come have fun with us and remember “You are a Colorado FreeSkier.”

Swedish/relaxation * Deep Tissue Sports * Neuromuscular Therapy

970.275.6242 Crested Butte Angler

Crested Butte Angler is Gunnison County’s #1 fishing guide service and angling shop. We carry top of the line fly fishing products for the whole family, as well as conventional fishing gear, artwork, gifts and products for the river and the trail. We pride ourselves on friendly helpful service and give our clients the best experience possible. Crested Butte Angler is located at 413 Elk Ave or call us at (970) 349-1568. We offer the widest variety of guided trips between private and public water and gladly welcome all abilities. www.crestedbutteangler.com / crestedbutteangler@hotmail.com.

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Let us bring the massage to you! Swedish/relaxation • Deep Tissue Sports • Neuromuscular Therapy

970.275.6242

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August 2-5. Come help the Crested Butte Arts Festival celebrate their 41st Anniversary, featuring 175 of the nation’s top visual artists in a picturesque outdoor setting. Staged on Historic Elk Avenue, the Crested Butte Arts Festival (CBAF) includes children’s activities in “Art Alley”, delectable fare at “Culinary Court”, music and entertainment on the Ragged Mountain Stage, educational opportunities inside the Artist Demonstration Tent, award winning brews & wines from Oskar Blues Brewery and The Naked Grape inside the beer & wine pavilion and an Art Auction, with proceeds benefiting art education and outreach in the Gunnison Valley.  The Festival will be open Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The culinary arts permeate the festival again in the form of FREE chef demonstrations and tastings, plus ticketed events featuring Colorado’s hottest chefs. Admission and parking are free and accessible. See for yourself why the CBAF is one of the top art festivals in Colorado and ranked 35th in the country! For full schedule, ticket information and lodging please visit www.crestedbutteartsfestival.com. 


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Crested Butte Big Mountain Enduro June 29-30. Come spandex, baggies and full-face helmets . New for 2013, Crested Butte is a stop on the Big Mountain Enduro Series presented by Yeti Cycles, featuring an authentic multi-stage, multi-day Enduro race. Enduro races follow a mix of the European formats; tying in epic backcountry stages on big terrain, as well as lift-accessed stages blended along the way. The courses feature predominately downhill timed “special” stages linked together by non-timed liaison climbing stages. This is a rapidly growing discipline that combines the physical endurance of cross-country riding with the technical difficulty and excitement of downhill racing. This weekend promises something to remember for racers and spectators alike. For more information and to register go to www. bigmountainenduro.com.

Crested Butte Parks & Recreation The Crested Butte Parks & Recreation Department offers year round activities for children and adults. Summer has arrived, and with it a great assortment of sports and activities for all ages, ranging from a couple hours to all day. Most sports and activities are organized and require registering with the Recreation Office; others are on a drop in basis. With great weather and better views all summer long, renting a park pavilion is the perfect choice for your next family picnic or birthday barbecue. 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. townofcrestedbutte.com or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (970) 349-7197. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Crested Butte Mountain Guides Crested Butte Mountain Guides, the oldest, most experienced and professional guiding service in Gunnison County. We specialize in offering our guests private and custom guided trips by request and availability, for families and individuals of all abilities, with safety and fun as a priority. We offer exciting summer activities including rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, and non-technical peak tours. Call Crested Butte Mountain Guides at (970) 349-5430, visit our website at www.crestedbutteguides.com, or better yet stop into our office, located in the heart of downtown Crested Butte on Elk Ave behind the Post Office.  We’re Out There!

Crested Butte Mountain Resort 16th Annual PowerAde Pinnacle Summer Race Series sponsored by Alpine Orthopaedics Crested Butte Mountain Resort is host to the 16th Annual PowerAde Pinnacle Summer Race Series. The popular race series is geared for fun and competition, from beginner to expert riders and is FREE for all racers. Cross-Country, Downhill and Kids specific races will be held each week. The cross-country races consist of varying lengths and difficulty to challenge riders of all abilities on Crested Butte Mountain’s network of singletrack bike trails. Downhill races will utilize the courses used during the Big Mountain Enduro and other gravity fed trails. The races take place on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. (register on the 9380 deck at 5p.m.) and are tentatively scheduled for July 10, 17, 24 and 31 and August 7. Pizza or pasta, beer and prizes follow each race for competitors. For racers needing lift access, reduced price lift tickets will be available at registration.

Join the Mountain RunneRs as we explore Crested Butte’s finest trails

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Mountain Runners 2013 Schedule June 6

Snodgrass trail

6 miles

Crested Butte Mountain Resort - Summer Chair Lift Rides and More!

June 16 Waterfall Creek

7 miles

This summer, come UP to the mountain. Take a summer chairlift ride and hike to the peak or rent bikes and cruise the Evolution Bike Park trails on the mountain. For something new and different, try disc (Frisbee) golf or the new NEW Coke Zero Gravity BagJump in the Adventure Park. The Silver Queen Express and the Red Lady Express (with bike attachment) lifts are open June 15 – September 2 and weekends through September. With Free LIVE! From Mt. Crested Butte concerts, Free Mountain Bike races and extended Red Lady lift and Adventure Park hours, Mt. CB is the place to be on Wednesday nights. And don’t forget about Free twilight Red Lady lift rides on Fridays from 4:30 – 7pm. Lift tickets are sold at the Specialized Rental and Demo Center located in the Treasury Building and at the Adventure Center located in the Mountaineer Square Courtyard (970) 349-2211. The Adventure Center can book all of your vacation needs from disc golf rentals to spa treatments.

June 21 Walrod Gulch

6 miles

June 27 Gothic to Mt CB

5 miles

June 29 Wedding run

3 miles

July 11

Snodgrass Mountain

5 miles

July 20

Grin and Bear It

9 miles

Aug 2

Lower Loop

7 miles

Aug 11

Paradise Divide

15 miles

Crested Butte School of Dance

Aug 24

Star Pass

16 miles

Presents DANCE IN THE MOUNTAINS 2013. June 17- July 21: The Summer season kicks off with a 5-week super fun dance program for teens & adults. Drop-ins are welcome or buy a punch card!  July 8-11: Ballet Intensive for ages 12-adult. Intermediate/advanced class and pre-registration is encouraged. July 22-August 3: Summer Showcase Intensive with visiting teachers from Boulder instructing classes in hip hop and contemporary jazz for ages 8 and up.  Dance with us! 970-349-5686. www.dancecrestedbutte.org.

Sept 1

Reno, Flag, Bear 13 or 20 miles

Crested Butte Zipline Tour Take your mountain adventure to new heights this summer with the Crested Butte Zipline Tour. This one of a kind adventure includes five ziplines ranging in length from 200 – 300 feet connected by features or “events” such as suspended wood bridges and towering platforms. The guided zipline tour is an approximately two-hour-long experience for only $60 per person (plus tax). Group discounts are available, call (970) 349-2211 or stop by the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square for more information or to make a reservation.

Dos Rios Golf Club Dos Rios Golf Club located in Gunnison since 1964, offers golfers of all skill levels a quality experience, exceptional service and a comfortable atmosphere. The amenities include an 18 hole championship golf course, driving range and practice putting green, fully stocked pro shop and grill & lounge. Public play is welcomed every day except Thursdays; memberships and special event packages are available. Lessons are offered from PGA professionals by appointment. Dos Rios combines a great golfing experience with the unmatched beauty of the Colorado landscape. The Gunnison River flows through the course as well as several ponds offering a challenge to all players. Come out and let us help you have FUN!! 501 Camino Del Rio, Gunnison CO, (970) 641-1482, dosriosgolf.net

Dragonfly Anglers Dragonfly Anglers, established in 1983 celebrates its 31st year of guiding in the valley! The most complete technical fly fishing outfitter offering the finest gear and providing the most outstanding Guide Services for every type of fly fishing in the region! Float the Gunnison River or walk-wade numerous productive streams including the worldrenowned Black Canyon of the Gunnison Gorge! Take advantage of an extensive inventory of travel and fishing apparel. We carry brands like Simms, Patagonia, Ex Officio, Tilley, Costa Del Mar, Sage & Scott Fly Rods, Abel Reels, Waterworks-Lamson & more! Licenses & authorized Simms equipment rentals always available. (970) 3491228 or (800) 491-3079.

Sept 21 Cart to Cart Sept 26 Woods Walk

14 or 19 miles 4 miles

The full schedule and more information are available at:

www.cbmountainrunners.org

Crested Butte/Gunnison

WellBeinG ConneCtion A collective of the finest services for

Spirit~Mind~Body The Wellbeing Connection is your local source for services, classes, workshops and events

We invite you to combine outdoor adventures with our community's abundant well-being offerings.

Elevation Spa Come experience the world class, 11,000 sq. ft. Elevation Spa and Fitness Center at Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Elevation Hotel, located just steps away from the ski slopes. With nine treatment rooms available for massage therapy, body wraps, and facials, a fitness center stocked with cardio machines and strength training equipment, a swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna, the Elevation Spa easily accommodates you and 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 www.elevationspa.com.

For a full directory and community calendar of well-being events visit:

crestedbuttewellbeing.com or call

970-596-5386


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34 • Summer 2013 • Crested Butte News Evolution Bike Park

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Ski Area, Mt. Crested Butte. Progress your riding to the next level. From family-fun green trails with whoops and berms to exhilarating advanced and expert trails, the Evolution Bike Park is designed for the development and improvement of riders of all ability levels. The Park experience begins at the base area in the Specialized Demo Center where the expert staff helps outfit clients with the size and style of bike to match their riding level and goals. The Park includes over 25 miles of lift-served singletrack cross-country(XC) and downhill(DH) trails as well as a Pump Track in the base area to sharpen your skills. Bike uploads are available on the Red Lady Express Lift daily June 15 - Sept 2 and weekends only Sept 7 - 29. Enjoy extended hours on Wednesdays and Fridays until 7pm, otherwise closing at 5pm. Lift tickets can be purchased in the Demo Center. The Pinnacle Bike Races on Wednesday nights feature the Evolution Bike Park trails offering beginner to expert categories with specific courses for XC, DH and kids plus it’s FREE.

Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures

Come see our new look!

Looking for a great vacation adventure, look no further! Get a true taste of the Rocky Mountain West on a one and a half hour, half-day or full-day trail ride. Ride through the gorgeous West Elk Mountain range to Aspen, or enjoy the full flavor of the West on an overnight pack trip. For reservations or more information call (970) 349-5425. Come experience Crested Butte’s beautiful backcountry by horseback!

Gravity Groms

405 4th Street • Crested Butte Open 8am - 8pm • Year Round

(970) 349-5132 Do small things with great love. -Mother Teresa

This is where all the summer fun lives for kids in CB! Get in on all the action! Gravity Groms summer action-sports day camps are for kids ages 6 and up. Located in the CB Nordic Center, the ultimate alpine playground is right outside our door. Each day we take Groms on three big adventures including mountain biking, bmx jumps, skateboarding, hiking, disc golf, cooling off in rivers, playing in mud, orienteering, trail maintenance and much, much more! Camps run 7 days a week from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm all summer. Visit Gravity Groms on Facebook where we post daily photos of the kids in action, find more information on our website www.gravitygroms.com, email us at gravitygroms@gmail.com, or call us (970) 765-6771. We promise your kids will be tired and dirty at the end of the day!  

Groms Sessions New this summer, Groms Sessions are clinic-format action-sports camps for kids & teens ages 7 - 18 who want to progress their mad skills in cross-country mountain biking, downhill mountain biking or skateboarding. Our coaches are the highest caliber in their sport and are crazy about working with kids. Based out of the CB Nordic Center, camps run 7 days a week from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm all summer. Sessions athletes may also join our Groms Factory Team and compete throughout the summer at local racing events. Visit Gravity Groms on Facebook where we post daily photos of the kids in action, find more information on our website www.gravitygroms.com, email us at gravitygroms@gmail.com, or call us (970) 765-6771. We’ll turn your shredders into animals!

Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing Every Friday and Saturday Evening from June 14th through September 14th.  Gates open at sunset.  Evenings consist of a brief astronomy-related program and multiple telescope viewing opportunities.  Admission is by donation and reservations are not required. The Observatory is also available for rental for private viewing parties.  The Observatory is located south of Gunnison at 2804 County Rd 38 across from the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area.  From Gunnison, travel West on Hwy 50, turn left onto Gold Basin Road, continue around the airport then head south crossing Tomichi Creek about a mile.  The Observatory will be on your left. For more information on programs and visiting the Observatory go to www.gunnisonobservatory.org or (970) 642-1111.

Gunny Grass Festival at I-Bar Ranch Gunnison has long flirted with the idea of a Bluegrass Festival. The I-Bar Ranch located just Southeast of the City of Gunnison on the banks of the Tomichi River, offers a perfect venue for an event of this type. We will have onsite camping, ample crowd capacity and a stunning setting. On the weekend of June 28th-29th, 2013 we will hold the first annual Gunny Grass. Already on the two day line up are Simpler Times, Stray Grass, Whitewater Ramble, Bruce Hayes & The Ragged Mtn Ramblers, New Folk, Jon Stickely Trio, Blue Canyon Boys & The Grant Farm. More info at can be found at www.gunnygrass.com.

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Located on the banks of the Tomichi River, the I Bar Ranch is the Gunnison Valley’s authentic, outdoor event center. Situated on a ten-acre hay meadow, the venue is home to evening country western & bluegrass performances thoughout the summer season. With ample parking and gorgeous views it will be the host to Gunny Grass Bluegrass Festival. It is also available for your next private function. For more info please go to www.ibarranch.com for a list of scheduled events during the Summer of 2013.

Live! From Mt. Crested Butte, Summer 2013 Wednesdays, July 10 - August 28. The Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association presents Live! From Mt. Crested Butte, a free outdoor summer concert series. Each Wednesday, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. there will be live music on the Red Lady Stage located at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy fresh new sounds at 9380 ft. Dogs and outside alcohol are not allowed. Beer, wine and food will be for sale. For a complete schedule visit www.LivefromMtCB.com.  

Mt. CB Mountain Adventures The longest running summer day-camp program in Crested Butte now includes the added benefits of access to the Adventure Park and Lifts as well as the guided excursions throughout the Gunnison country. Experience the mountains, rivers, lakes, crags, trails and scenery as a part of a canoeing, rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, ropes course, sailing, ziplining, rock climbing or Blue Mesa adventure. Check the schedule at www.mtcbmountainadventures.com for what trips are going out each day. Mountain Adventures is available to 7 – 14 year olds Monday through Friday, June 10 until August 16. Due to the nature of this program, availability is limited. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (970) 349-2211.

Peak Sports Peak Sports, with its slopeside location, is the most convenient and fully equipped bike rental shop in Crested Butte. Choose from our complete line of full suspension and hybrid cruisers. We also carry a full line of biking gear from Camelback, Pearl Izumi, Fox and more.  Find us at the base of the Red Lady Lift in Mt. Crested Butte.  (970) 349-6121. www.peaksports.biz.


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RMBL Summer Science Programs ADULT SCIENCE TOURS - A weekly summer series designed for adults to learn more about the scope of field research that is conducted at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.  Each week’s program includes a moderate walking tour starting from the town of Gothic and visits with researchers at RMBL or in the field.  Tours are held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40 per person, includes lunch.  KIDS NATURE CAMP - Come and explore the natural environment of the forests, meadows and mountains surrounding Gothic! Through nature awareness games, hikes, art & literature children have fun learning about the science and ecology of our spectacular mountain setting.  Find out what makes science fun!  For more information about these programs visit our website at www.rmbl.org or call (970) 901-1395. 

Rock & Roll Sports Cycling, Climbing, Camping, Hiking, Skiing. From Beginner to Expert we have the gear that you need! For Repairs, Rentals, Demos, Beta or Advice stop by the yellow house at 608 W. Tomichi (HW50) in Gunnison, CO or contact us at (970) 641-9150 or rocknrollsports@hotmail.com.

Scenic River Tours, Inc. Come enjoy a great day on the river with Gunnison’s original river rats! Fun family raft trips. World-class whitewater. Float or walk/wade fishing, rock climbing instruction. ACCT Zipline course. Kayaks and duckies. Guided powerboat fishing on Taylor Reservoir, knowledgeable, professional, friendly guides.  River equipment sales, service and rentals. Floating Crested Butte/Gunnison Valley since 1977.  Offices at 703 W. Tomichi (Hwy. 50) in Gunnison, and in Taylor Canyon (mile marker 7.5). For information or reservations call (970) 641-3131 or visit us on the web at: www.scenicrivertours.com.  Great whitewater is only 20 minutes away. 

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Specialized Rental and Demo Center Get the perfect ride at the Specialized Rental and Demo Center. Located in the Treasury Building at the base of the ski area, the Rental and Demo Center caters to every level of biking enthusiast and features top of the line downhill, cross-country, women’s and kid’s specific mountain bikes. Stop by and find out which of Specialized’s latest line is right for you. Daily clinics and workshops are also available to enhance your mountain bike experience. Ride with an experienced coach and learn tips and techniques to boost your skills and confidence. Both Cross-country and Downhill specific clinics are available. Lesson, lift and Demo packages are available. Call (970) 349-2278 for reservations or more information.

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Looking for adventure on your vacation in Crested Butte? We offer a variety of activities from our locations in Crested Butte and Almont:  raft, fish, stand up paddle, climb, kayak, zipline, horseback ride, hike, bike, hot air balloon, 4WD tour, ATV’s, Jeeps. We are your adventure headquarters.  Visit our Orvis fly shop, store and restaurant at Three Rivers Resort in Almont or Three Rivers Outpost at the 4-Way Stop in CB for activities and bike rentals. Call (888) 761-3474 or www.3riversresort.com.

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Trailhead Children’s Museum 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 families. Discover the Dig Pit, Dark Room, Science Lab, Magic Magnets, Indoor Play Set, Pirate Ship, All You Can Create Art Bar and our Garden to Grocery Healthy Living exhibit. This summer, don’t miss daily drop-off Art and Science Camp provided by The Studio at The Trailhead. Looking to spend time outdoors? Check out the Trailhead Tree House outdoor climbing structure and the Melodic Musical 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 www.trailheadkids.org. 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 www.thewildflowerspa.com to see our menu of services or call (970) 349-8063 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Yoga For The Peaceful YOGA FOR THE PEACEFUL is dedicated to providing many different styles of yoga for all types of people. All spiritual traditions are honored for people to heal, grow, and expand consciousness, connection to self, and Spirit. Our specialty is our talented and soulful local and world renown guest teachers, inspirational workshops and retreats, a wonderful donation based meditation program, as well as a boutique featuring retail made by local artists and companies that support earth friendly practices. Y4P has the honor of being a Shiva Rea affiliate studio, and have a 200 hour Prana Flow Teacher Training program in her lineage. Y4P is a family-owned business, and does not turn anyone away due to income, so anyone who wants to do yoga can take classes! 120 Elk Avenue Downtown, CB www.yogaforthepeaceful.org. (970) 349-0302.

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On a hot summer day outside Paul Ehrlich’s cabin in Gothic, it’s serene and quiet, save for the birds and rustling leaves. Inside, it’s a scene of stacked papers and bags being packed for a trip. Among it all, there’s a deeper sense of urgency. Ehrlich, a Stanford professor and best-selling author, has spent the last 50 years warning people of an imminent threat to the relative stability we’ve all enjoyed on this planet. The early signs of consequential change are all around us. And still, no one is listening. Ehrlich first gained widespread prominence for his predictions after the 1968 publication of his book The Population Bomb, which envisioned a future where the human race overruns earth’s resources and advocated for action to avoid an untimely end to civilization. Many of his predictions in the book turned out to be premature, but it sold 2 million copies and brought the issues related to overpopulation to a broad audience. The book was only the beginning for Ehrlich, and it wasn’t enough. Like Reverend Malthus and the Paddock brothers, whose earlier warnings of a world with more people and less food had fallen on deaf ears, Ehrlich has spent decades addressing a problem few others will admit exists. But he is sure the threat is real, and compelling people to take action is a challenge he’s embraced wholeheartedly. For his efforts, Ehrlich has received a long list of awards and accolades. In 1990, he was awarded the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which is given to those people who work in fields not recognized by the Nobel Prize (astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences or polyarthritis research). He’s a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The list goes on. At Stanford, where he’s been on the faculty for 53 years, he is the president of the Center for Conservation Biology as well as the Bing Professor of Population Studies. continued on next page

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He even helped establish an entirely new field of study: coevolution. And last summer, he was honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his “contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge,” although he missed his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II because of a delayed flight from the local airport. But sitting in his cabin in Gothic, he doesn’t seem like a man who rides high on the awards he’s won or the titles he’s been given. He’s not content just to talk about all he knows. He needs someone to listen and to take action. Ehrlich has always been one to get things done. When he arrived in the mostly abandoned silver-mining town of Gothic more than 50 years ago, he saw a lot of potential and not much else. “You can’t imagine what this place was like when I came here in 1960. There were just ancient falling-down log cabins from the days of the silver explosion,” he says. “The streets weren’t paved in Crested Butte. There was Stefanic’s Market. There was one shit-kicking bar and that was damn near it. I don’t think there was a flush toilet at the Lab. And if you wanted to do your laundry you had to go to Gunnison to find a washing machine.” Ehrlich carried water to his small cabin in milk pails and helped install the town’s first septic tank. Since his first trip to the valley, Ehrlich has missed only two summers in Gothic, both while he was in Australia on sabbatical. His research, when he’s in town, isn’t necessarily focused on the global impacts of human activity. Mostly, his research in Gothic is focused on butterflies. “That’s my main research, although I’m no longer sprinting across talus slopes at 12,000 feet,” says Ehrlich, who turned 81 in May. “I’ve got to be careful about falling.” Almost every day he’s around, he hikes two miles past Judd Falls to continue a survey he’s been doing on a transplanted species of European butterfly that he helped bring to the valley in 1977. “They’ve hung on by their wingtips for almost 40 years, occasionally exploding, and this year we found the biggest population where we released them originally, ever,” he says. Ehrlich is tall and thin with slate grey eyes and a beard of graying stubble. After years of telling the other frogs in the pot that the water was getting warmer, and being largely ignored, he’s developed a cynical sense of humor and the matter-of-factness of someone with deep convictions. He likes to write while he’s in town and conduct his research in the mountains behind the cabin. But the reality of more pressing issues, like climate change, is all around him and he can’t ignore it. He points to a patch of snow clinging to the cliffs on Gothic Mountain. “I’ve never seen the Old Maid this small or separated,” he says. “Normally that whole area is filled in right now.” He says there are only a hundredth of the wildflowers in Gothic there normally are at that time. It’s just further evidence Ehrlich doesn’t need to know the world is changing in irreversible ways. As far as Gothic is from Washington as the center of the political debate about climate change, it’s also right in the middle. “Some of the most important

environmental scientists in the world are tied to this lab,” Ehrlich points out. “Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, was among the first to teach an environmental studies course out here. We had Dick Lamb lecturing. We had John Levin, who was the county judge at the time, lecturing. John Harte’s stuff on climate change, David Inouye with the same kind of thing. I think one of the things that this area is beginning to recognize is that this place is a resource for the whole county, but also for the country and the world.” The frustration, Ehrlich says, is that the evidence has mounted and it all points in the same direction: climate change. The facts and the figures are all in place, but the public still seems unconvinced thanks, in part, to a successful campaign being waged against science in the media and in certain political spheres. That success has given Ehrlich an idea. “You look at the whole climate [change] denial thing, is a very well funded, anti-science movement that has been very successful. You’ve got to give them credit,” he says. “I’m a gun owner. But I think the second amendment was to keep your muzzleloader in the closet, not to let you keep a Glock on your belt. But you can see that 2 million people and the NRA have repeatedly, during my lifetime, put up with slaughter after slaughter after slaughter and managed to smash back down any attempt to invoke reasonable laws.” Those examples of how a small group of people can influence the public’s willingness to support seemingly bad policy gives Ehrlich courtesy photo hope that the public can also be swayed to support good policies, if they’re engaged in the right way. “My basic position, and that of most of my colleagues, is that we’ve figured out enough to know what the hell we should be doing,” he says. “So it’s an interesting issue of how you change people’s minds.” He’s tried the straightforward approach, with logic and reason, but that had only minor success. “I used to be very pessimistic about what we will do and very optimistic about what we could do,” he says. “I’m no longer very optimistic about what we could do and that’s because you see it in the news every night that they’re not paying any attention to this.” So now Ehrlich is looking for something new, something different. His search has led him away from his chosen field of study, biology, into something entirely different: sociology. Ehrlich and several of his colleagues will be attending an American Sociological Association conference in Denver next month where an entire plenary session will be held on what Ehrlich calls the MAHB, the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. (“Who doesn’t want to be a mobster?” he says.) “It’s the consensus among my colleagues that, although finding out more science is important, the biggest single question we have is why in the hell isn’t anyone doing something about what the scientific community has been telling them for many years about the route we’re on and where it’s going to lead,” he says. “I mean the situation is super-grim and nobody seems to be able to do anything about it. We all could have a sustainable society if we really started, on an emergency basis, doing the things most people think need to be done,” Ehrlich continues. “But it looks like a lot’s going to depend on luck.”

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FunforKids There’s no shortage of fun for kids of all ages in Crested Butte. Take a look at some of the summer highlights.

The arts Alpenglow Take the kids to some free concerts this summer. Alpenglow at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts are on Monday nights from June 25 through August 13. Let the kids dance to their heart’s content, rain or shine, starting at 5:30 p.m. Live from Mt. Crested Butte On Wednesday nights, free concerts continue up on the mountain at the Live from Mt. Crested Butte series. Bring the kids to the shows at the Red Lady stage at the base area Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 11-August 29. Crested Butte Music Festival During July 13-August 3, the Crested Butte Music Festival presents the Divine Family Young People’s Concerts
. Designed for ages 2-10, these concerts are free for families and are offered on four Saturdays at 11 a.m. These four energetic performances will keep kids coming back for more: Jambo on July 13, Keith Munslow on July 20, the children’s opera version of The Pirates of Penzance on July 27 and Story Pirates on August 3. Trailhead Children’s Museum 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 families at the base area in Mt. Crested Butte. Every Saturday is “Kids Create” day where kids and their caregivers join the Trailhead staff for an out of the box creative adventure! Sundays kids can take part in “Exploration Station” at the museum to explore the fun of science. There are classes galore at the Studio, check the website for a full schedule of art and science offerings. Head outdoors and play at the Musical Instrument Garden or climb and slide at the Trailhead Tree House. For more information, visit www.trailheadkids.org.

Action Adventure Park The Adventure Park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a great way to spend a day or afternoon with the entire family. The activities in the Adventure Park include mini golf, a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and lift-accessed disc golf. The course consists of 18 holes of classic mini-golf fun. Each hole is unique,

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representing a different area of the valley. The bungee trampoline is another favorite for the kids as they get to jump 30 feet in the air. The climbing wall is a six route climbing tower that gives each climber plenty of challenge to make their way up 28 feet to the top. If you are feeling like a trip through the trees, try out the resort’s Zip Line

Tour. There are five zips and three bridge features through the aspens. And new this summer, the resort will open its new Coke Zero Gravity BagJump for warm weather use. The resort will be setting up two scaffolding at 10 feet and 20 feet for kids and adults to jump into the cloud-like bag of air. The resort will also unveil a new dirt jump for biking, too. CBMR runs Camp CB for kids that combines outdoor mountain activities, Adventure Park access and summer sports with various education themes. For more info go to skicb.com. Gravity Groms Headquartered in the town of Crested Butte, Gravity Groms leads camps for kids ages 6-15. The camps run all summer long and include biking, skateboarding and hiking. Email gravitygroms@gmail.com for more information. Mountain Adventures Mountain Adventures is a fully licensed summer day recreation program for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. While this program has been established for a number of years in Mt. Crested Butte, CBMR is now operating the program to be able to offer it to guests visiting the area. Kids will experience mountains, rivers, lakes,

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crags, trails, and scenery from river raft, by foot, on a mountain bike, in a canoe, with a fly-rod in hand, or high on a cliff! Early registration is recommended as dates are based on availability. More information on the program can also be found at www.mtcbmountainadventures.com. CB Parks & Rec The Crested Butte Parks and Recreation Department has no shortage of summer activities for kids. Programs are designed with ages in mind; some are for a couple hours, others are all day adventures. Programs include:  Challenger Sports TetraBrazil Soccer Academy and British Soccer Camp; Kids Live! Summer Performance Camp; Roots & Shoots Garden Summer Day Camp; Skateboarding Lessons; Summer Gymnastics; Tennis Clinics; and Little League baseball. Schedules and registration information can be found at www.crestedbutterec.com.

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Pinnacle Bike Series CBMR hosts the Pinnacle Bike Series with a special Youth Series. The Youth Series is designed to give children the opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The races run Wednesday evenings, July 10-August 7.

Junior Golf and Tennis Clinics The Club at Crested Butte holds Junior Golf and Tennis Clinics for kids ages 6-16. Two sessions are held during the summer and the classes meet twice a week. Call the Club at 349-6127 for more information. continued on page 40

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Learning never stops Old Rock Library Need to introduce your toddler to the joys of reading? Come visit the historic library for story time on Wednesday mornings at 11:15 a.m. Trying to keep the school-aged children reading over the summer? Join the Summer Reading program called “Dig Into Reading.” Read for prizes and/or attend free programs on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. for kids 8-12 and Fridays at 11 a.m. for 3-7 year olds. The Old Rock Library Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. RMBL Kid’s Nature Camp Through nature awareness games, hikes, art and literature RMBL has fun learning about the science and ecology of this spectacular mountain setting in Gothic. Campers learn how to observe, appreciate and ask questions about mountain ecosystems. Camp is for children ages 4-12 and runs from June 10-August 16. Each week a new topic is investigated, from “Trees are Terrific” to “Fantastic Foxes.” For more information, email Annie at enviroed@rmbl.org, or visit www.rmbl.org.

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Mountain Heritage Museum Walk back in time at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Let the kids learn about the history of Crested Butte, from the coal mining days to the beginning of the ski area. There is an amazing train display that the kids will love! The Museum is located in town on Elk Avenue. Trailhead Children’s Museum Kids can grow their imagination and creativity at the Trailhead Children’s Museum in Mt. Crested Butte. The children’s museum offers educational fun with exhibits such as the Dig Pit, The Trail Lab and The Pirate Ship Theater. Every Thursday is “Letter of the Week” day at the Trailhead and Sunday’s are for “Science on Sundays.” Young scientists can work on a new experiment, testing a variety of scientific and mathematical concepts. In addition, there are classes and camps suited for little learners. Science Camp will be held each week for kids ages 5-12. Little Innovators is a program on Tuesdays throughout the summer for children ages 3-5, where they explore various mediums such as painting, drawing, ceramics, chemistry, biology and engineering, all while gaining confidence in exploratory endeavors. And don’t forget the Brain Boosters class during the summer months. This enrichment class includes literacy, science and math.

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Now in its 11th year The Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte is a Colorado non-profit organization that brings to the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte/ Gunnison community each year a series of speakers presenting and discussing significant contemporary issues involving public policy. Examples of speakers over the years include former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, renowned biologist Dr. Paul Ehrlich, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, and expert on US – Iran relations Dr. Trita Parsi. In 2013 topics will include: “Health Care Reform”, “Nuclear Nightmares”, “Drones: The Future of War?” among others. Forums are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August at the Center for the Arts. Admission is free. July 10 Public Policy Forum: “Health Care Reform,” Jack Cochran, M.D. Dr. Cochran is the Executive Director of the Permanente Federation that represents the national interests of the Permanente Medical Groups, employing more than 16,000 physicians. He has been named “One of the 50 Most influential Physician Executives in Health Care.” The Affordable Care Act as an approach to health

care reform remains a divisive issue of public policy at local, state and national levels. Access to care, cost (personal and public) and quality are major concerns in policy decisions. 7:30 p.m. Free. Center for the Arts July 17 Public Policy Forum: “Afghanistan: Dangerous Ground,” Phillip Walker, J.D., M.Phil. Phillip Walker is a noted international attorney and independent advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Finance. His work has also taken him to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria where he has provided advice in the areas of legislative and judicial reform, transition to civilian government and constitutional drafting. 7:30 p.m. Free. Center for the Arts July 24 Public Policy Forum: topic and speaker to be determined.

July 31 Public Policy Forum: “Nuclear Nightmares,” Joseph Cirincione, M.S. Joe Cirincione is the author of “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons” (2007) and “Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats” (2005). He is the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation.

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Previously he served as Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. 7:30 p.m. Free. Community School, Multipurpose Room August 7 Public Policy Forum: “Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine the Future,” author Stephen Grace Mr. Grace is the author of the 2012 book of this same name. One reviewer of his book has commented, “No one reading this book will ever look at a glass of water the same way again – especially if they live in the West.” Mr. Grace comments, “Water supplies are dwindling. Scientists agree that the region is heating up and drying out, leading to future water shortages that will expose the startling fragility of civilization in the western US.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Center for the Arts August 14 Public Policy Forum: “The Real Threats to our National Forests: Deficits and Devolution,” Andrew Stahl, B.S. Andrew Stahl is the Executive Director of the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. He has worked as a Forest Planning Consultant for the US Forest Service and as the Forest Planner for the Associated Oregon Loggers, the largest loggers’ trade association (in members) in the US. He has testified

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Folks 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 hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or horseback riding, there is no shortage of extraordinary restaurants to choose from–if you’re looking for an intimate romantic dinner to a family-style experience to a bustling atmosphere. Nature makes this mountain valley a wondrous playground for skiers and mountain bikers, and its chefs make it a similar playground for food enthusiasts. Years ago, Michael Carlton of Southern Living magazine commented that Crested Butte has more fine restaurants per capita than any other town in the United States—and he’s right. Dishes as divine as foie gras, prime aged steaks, and chocolate souffle are easy to come by in this tiny mountain enclave. More recently, Lauren Berstein, in Snow Country magazine, said, “Crested Butte has more restaurants than you can visit in a week.” Both probably made their statements with their mouths full of fine cuisine. 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. In this tiny mountain town, you can sample food from around the globe—Mexican, Mediterranean, Old South, Italian, Asian, Cajun, French and “All-American comfort food.” So kick back after an incredible summer day and sample everything from sushi to elk stew. Down a locally-made 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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June 9 -October 13– Crested Butte Farmers’ Market, Crested Butte June 19-22– Taste of Crested Butte, Crested Butte June 22-November 2– Gunnison Farmers’ Market, Gunnison June 26-September 8– Tour de Forks, Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley 
 July 6– Taste of Gunnison Valley, Gunnison
 July 11-14– Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival, Crested Butte
 August 2-4– Crested Butte Arts Festival Culinary Events, Crested Butte September 7– Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, Mt. Crested Butte

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This four-day-long extravaganza highlights the best of Crested Butte’s culinary scene with a bit of the town’s famous friendliness and free-spirited nature hand-tossed in the mix. On the traditional side, diners will enjoy daily deals at local eateries and watering holes from June 19-22. Or warm up the taste buds by hosting a private chef dinner in the privacy of your own home or rental on Wednesday or Thursday. The Taste of Crested Butte was originally known as Crested Butte Restaurant Week. Rachael Gardner, owner of Crested Butte Events is running the revamped event for the Chamber of Commerce with the help of Crista and Kaitlin Ryan of Sparkplug Productions. “Crested Butte has so many talented chefs and when you combine that with the unique character of the town it seemed like a no-brainer to add a few ticketed events to the week and encourage people to get out and try something new,” says Gardner of the reinvention of the event. Start things off with the new Friday night Bartending Contest. Jump in to sample, vote and cheer on favorite local characters as they put their skills to the test slinging some of Crested Butte’s finest spirits. Saturday night, diners can sign up for a Mystery Progressive Dinner. Participants meet at one of the town’s many parks for a welcome cocktail and to receive a ticket revealing the first stop, with restaurants along the way providing clues so diners can navigate from one fine dining experience to the next. Sign up as a single, couple or group. Gardner says the size of town, along with most restaurants located on Elk Avenue helped bring the idea of a progressive dinner to life. The logistics were set… so now for the fun. The Taste of Crested Butte will also feature chef dinners on June 19 and 20. “This is a great opportunity to have a local chef create a menu specific to your tastes, suggest beverage pairings. You just have to invite your favorite people to enjoy it with you,” says Gardner. To top it off, lodging properties and outfitters will be offering additional incentives during Taste of Crested Butte, guaranteeing plenty of ways to burn off calories and a comfortable place to spend a few or several nights. Find out more at www.tasteofcb.com. continued on page 4

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12th Annual Tour de Forks, June 26-September 8


This delectable fundraising series for Crested Butte Center for the Arts runs from June 26 through September 8. Food and architectural enthusiasts can select from 15 events, visiting a variety of private homes and dining on epicurean delights prepared by accomplished chefs. One evening may feature a meet and greet with Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Richie Furay or a luxurious brunch in the upper echelons of Wildcat at Trapper’s Crossing with views of the Slate River Valley below. One day is reserved for a hike through the newly preserved North Pole Basin with a Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory scientist, and an evening features dinner prepared by a Denver chef alongside the Taylor River at a ranch complete with pairings from a Napa Valley winery. Each event is individually priced and includes gourmet cuisine, fine wines and other beverages. Reservations are required. Brochures and reservation forms are posted at www.crestedbuttearts.org or call (970) 349-7487. 

Taste of Gunnison Valley, July 6
 Wrap up the week of July Fourth celebrations with toasts and nibbles at the new Taste of Gunnison Valley, featuring several area restaurants along with samplings from Oscar Blues Brewery and Colorado wineries. Local bands will add to the festivities that run from noon to 4 p.m. at Jorgenson Park in Gunnison. To find out more as the event nears, call (800) 814-8893.

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Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival returns this summer better than ever with several wine seminars, two Celebrity Chef Tour dinners, a champagne brunch and an outdoor grand tasting with more than 500 select wines from 25 wineries and distributors. New this year is that the event benefits Crested Butte Center for the Arts, which is coordinating the event in partnership with Larimer Associates. From “Wine 101” with visiting Master Sommelier Sean Razee to “Anything but Chardonnay Unique Whites” with local Sommelier Judy Byron, there are topics to please any palate during six wine seminars held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In addition, Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers will offer an “Anyone Can Make an Artisan Cocktail” seminar for those who want to venture beyond the world of wine. On Sunday, the “Bursting with Bubbles Brunch” at East Side Bistro spotlights champagnes from around the world. Evenings are devoted to a film screening that ties into the theme of wine presented by Crested Butte Film Festival on Thursday and Celebrity Chef Tour dinners on Friday and Saturday that also benefit the James Beard Foundation.

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The Friday evening dinner will be held in a private Crested Butte home starring Executive Chef Jason Vernon, owner of Soupçon Bistro, as the local host accompanied by Jorel Pierce (Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, Denver), Kelly Whitaker (Basta, Denver) and Hosea Rosenberg (Blackbelly Catering, Boulder). The Saturday dinner will be held at Maxwell’s with Executive Chef Anthony Reichenbach hosting and joined by Mike Isabella (Graffiato, Washington, D.C.), Kelly Liken (Restaurant Kelly Liken, Vail) and Alex Seidel (Fruition, Denver). Tickets and additional information is available at www. crestedbuttewine.com or by calling (970) 349-7487. VIP pass holders will have access to a VIP welcome reception, breakfast and premium wine tasting. 

Crested Butte Arts Festival, August 2-4
 The 41st annual Crested Butte Festival of the Arts is not only one of the signature cultural events of the summer, it’s also a gastronomic celebration. Kicking off the culinary portion of the weekend is an “Art of Cooking” class with Executive Chef Spencer Hestwood of the Ginger Café, tentatively scheduled for August 1. Hestwood’s laidback, fun approach to Asian cuisine is paired with an amazing dinner, wine, beer and if you’re lucky the Ginger’s signature cocktail. Friday night is “Art Under the Influence,” an interactive evening that begins after the booths close at 8:30 p.m. The street party will feature face painting, artist demonstrations, fine rum libations from Montanya Distillers, finger foods and more. Not to be missed are free culinary demonstrations by local and visiting chefs held during festival hours on Saturday and Sunday (10 - 5 p.m.) in the Viking culinary tent.  Each demonstration is paired with craft beer and fine wine and tastings. Find out more by calling (970) 349-1184 or visiting www.crestedbutteartsfestival.com.

Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, September 7


Get into the spirit of autumn with Mt. Crested Butte’s 14th annual Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off held on September 7 at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area. Heat up by sampling great chili prepared by area cook-off contestants, cool off with beers poured by several microbreweries and savor live music all afternoon. Plans are underway to include activities on Friday evening as well. Contact the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at (800) 814-8893 and visit the event’s Facebook page as fall approaches.  

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Enjoy the area’s only dinner cruise, Rocky Mountain style! Start out at Three Rivers Resort in Almont by 4 p.m. and enjoy a 10-mile scenic float trip on the Gunnison River to Garlic Mike’s Restaurant for a delicious Italian dinner. The total time required is approximately three hours. The trip is available seven nights a week during the summer with at least 24 hours notice and a minimum of four people. Call Three Rivers Resort to book at (888) 761-3474.  One fee includes the float trip, vehicle shuttle and a voucher for Garlic Mike’s.  Cooking Classes
– Mike Busse, owner/chef of Garlic Mike’s and a champion of the local Chefs on the Edge competition, hosts demonstration-style classes at Interiors with Oohs & Aahs’ demonstration kitchen in downtown Gunnison. Or gather your own group of at least eight participants to book a class that promises to be entertaining, tasty and full of zest. Busse also has been named the people’s choice winner for best chef in Gunnison many times since 2001 and has appeared on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise.” To inquire, contact Mike at (970) 641-2493 or mikegarlic@aol.com. Also visit www. garlicmikes.com. Farmers’ Markets– 
Farmers’ markets in Gunnison and Crested Butte have become favorite places to shop for fresh regional produce, preserves, baked goods and other delicious treats on summer and fall weekends. On Saturdays, the Gunnison Farmers’ Market takes place from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Virginia and Main Street (June 22-October 5) and the Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center multi-purpose room (October 12-November 2). Go to www.gunnisonfarmersmarket.com for the details. On Sundays, June 9-October 13, the Crested Butte Farmers’ Market is on Elk Avenue between First and Second Streets from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit www.cbfarmersmarket.org for information.

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A closer look at the return of the

Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival The Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival returns this summer with the Center for the Arts! The festival strives to enlighten and educate wine and foodie experts and novices with a variety of wine seminars, elevated dining events, and food pairings throughout the weekend of July 11-14. After a year hiatus, the Center for the Arts has teamed up with Larimer Associates to put on this expansive event. “This seemed like a natural fit for us,” says Center executive director Jenny Birnie. “It’s a perfect extension to our successful Tour de Forks series.” The signature event for the Wine and Food Festival in the summer is the Grand Tasting with over 500 select wines from 25 wineries and distributors. From “Wine 101,” with visiting Master Sommelier Sean Razee, to “Anything but Chardonnay – Unique Whites” with local Sommelier Judy Byron there is a tasting for every palate. All seminars are spread throughout local restaurants with both visiting and local sommeliers and chefs lending their expertise and talent. All of the tasting isn’t just about the grape, however, as there are several fine dining opportunities as well, such as the Celebrity Chef Tours benefitting the James Beard Foundation. Many of the tastings will additionally have food pairings accompany them provided by the talented roster of chefs from the Crested Butte area. And Birnie is excited to offer a new opening event, a film showing of the movie Sideways at the Center for the Arts. “We worked really hard creating a great variety of events… such as the film showing and a mixology piece,” she says. “We’re just so excited to be doing this. It’s going to be a memorable couple of days.” Birnie is thrilled to watch this festival grow, and hopes to have the festival in August next summer.

July 11

Wine Seminar - Pinot Noir From Around the World Join Peter Maxwell, owner of Maxwell’s Steakhouse in downtown Crested Butte as he shares his extensive knowledge of Pinot Noir. 1:30 p.m. $40. At the 9380 Prime Restaurant Deck at the Elevation Hotel in Mt. Crested Butte.

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Wine Seminar - Anything But Chardonnay Attention white wine lovers—this seminar is for you! Join local Sommelier Judy Byron from Grand Vin, who will take participants to a new level of enjoyment with white wines. 3:30 p.m. $40. At Lil’s Sushi Bar & Grill, 321 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Mixology Seminar - Anyone Can Make an Artisan Cocktail Karen Hoskin, owner of Montanya Distillery in downtown Crested Butte will provide participants with new mixology skills utilizing locally distilled rum. 5:00 p.m. $40. Montanya Distillery, 130 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Kick Off Event & Movie Screening Come celebrate the opening of the Crested Butte Wine and Food Festival at this special event featuring chefs, winemakers and sponsors. Appetizers and

wine tasting with Master Sommeliers Sean Razee and Damon Ornowski will be featured prior to the showing of the Film Sideways, made possible by the Crested Butte Film Festival. 6 p.m. $10. Center for the Arts, 606 6th Street. Wine Seminar - Old World vs. New World Join Master Sommelier Damon Ornowski and local Sommelier and owner of Mountain Spirits, Aaron Tomcak, to explore concepts of terroir, grape selection, and maturation. 10:30 a.m. $40. At the Princess Wine Bar Garden, 218 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Wine Seminar – Italy, It’s More Than Chianti Join Diane Kressley, Sommelier with Grand Vin, to learn about the hidden treasures of Italy and all of the exciting wine that it has to offer! 1:30 p.m. $40. At the Bacchanale Restaurant, 209 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. continued on next page

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Wine Seminar - In Search of Perfect Pairings In Search of Perfect Pairings is an exploration of balance and finding ways for food and wine to complement each other. 3 p.m. $40. Special festival ticket packages are also available. At the West End Public House, 201 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner in a Private Home The Celebrity Chef Tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities around the country. At each Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, some of the nation’s top chefs come together to create a fantastic multiple course dinner. This event will feature the following chefs: Host Chef: Jason Vernon, Proprietor / Chef of Soupçon Bistro; and Guest Chefs: Chef Eric Jaeger, Crested Butte Ski Resort; Chef Jorel Pierce coowner/Executive Chef of Euclid Hall; Chef Kelly Whitaker, co-owner/ Executive Chef of Basta; Chef Hosea Rosenberg, Blackbelly Catering Co. 6:00 p.m. $250. Special festival ticket packages are also available. Private Home in Prospect, Mt. Crested Butte. Wine Seminar—Introduction to Fine Wine An introductory tasting designed for enthusiasts as a means to uncover the factors that contribute to a wine’s quality. The seminar will explore the concepts of terroir, grape selection and maturation. This is a great opportunity to be guided through a selection of wines to assess their finer qualities. 10:30 a.m. $40. Special festival ticket packages are also available. At Django’s in Mountaineer Square, Mt. Crested Butte.

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Premium Tasting Come experience the finest wine that the festival has to offer at this special one hour tasting prior to the Grand Tasting. 2 p.m. $100 (includes admission to the Premium and Grand Tasting). Special festival packages are also available. At the Big Mine Ice Rink, 620 Second Street, Crested Butte. Grand Tasting The Grand Tasting features over 25 wineries and special distilled offerings complemented by delectable food from local restaurants, chef demonstrations and much more! The Matt Flinner Trio will provide music throughout the event. Matt Flinner has become recognized as one of the premiere mandolinists as well as one of the finest new acoustic/roots music composers today. 3 p.m. $75. Special festival packages are also available. At the Big Mine Ice Rink, 620 Second Street, Crested Butte. Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at Maxwell’s The Celebrity Chef Tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities around the country. At each Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, some of the nation’s top chefs come together to create a fantastic multiple course dinner. The event will feature the following chefs: Host Chef: Tim Egelhoff, Executive Chef of Maxwell’s; Guest Chefs: Chef Alex Seidel, Chef/Owner of Fruition Restaurant; Chef Mike Isabella, Chef/Owner of Graffata; Chef Kelly Liken, Chef/Owner, Restaurant Kelly Liken. 6 p.m. $250. Special festival ticket packages are also available. At Maxwell’s Steakhouse, 226 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte. Bursting with Bubbles Brunch Celebrate a wonderful weekend of food and wine at this unforgettable champagne brunch with six varietals from around the world with East Side Bistro proprietor Liz Satterlee and local Sommelier Darin Thorne from Republic National. 10 a.m. $75. Special festival tickets packages are also available. At the East Side Bistro, 435 Sixth Street. For more information, visit www.crestedbuttewine.com.

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TourdeForks  Raise your glasses to the 11th Annual Tour de Forks, the delectable, signature fundraising series for the Center for the Arts Crested Butte. Throughout the 20 Tour de Forks events of the summer, food and architectural enthusiasts visit a variety of private homes and dine on epicurean delights from accomplished chefs. One evening may feature an historic ranch rife with history, alive with the breath of a simpler past. The next evening you’re on a sunny deck watching the alpenglow fade as the Slate River meanders past you. One day is reserved for adventure, as you hike through fields of wildflowers above treeline before being treated to a well-deserved lunch. Globally trained chefs prepare an exotic array of fine food from French to Italian to Asian. Your meals range from a casual outdoor feast inside the cozy interior of a teepee to an elegant, candlelight dinner. One event might feature a fashion show, another an opportunity to rub elbows with musical legends and get a personal concert. The Center must raise close to 60 percents of its operating budget each year through fundraising events and contributions, and Tour de Forks is the cornerstone of this effort. With resounding enthusiasm, year-round locals, part-time residents, business owners and chefs come together to assure the arts in their community through volunteering with Tour de Forks. Homeowners open their doors to host. Local businesses donate supplies and money. Volunteers organize, serve and clean up. Chefs take time away from their busy restaurants to offer their cooking expertise without pay. June 26– Winemaker Dinner with Soupçon Elegance Chef / Proprietor Jason Vernon of the Soupçon Bistro at Jerry and Andy Brown’s home in Moon Ridge. Wine by Blair Fox Cellars. June 30– Cirque du Sweet with the Crested Butte Dance Collective Chef/ Owner Kate Ladoulis of django’s. Hosted by Laura Silva at the Sweet Spot in Mt. Crested Butte with aerial performances by the Crested Butte Dance Collective.

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July 7– Elegant Echelons & Bountiful Brunch The pARTners chefs preparing brunch from the highly acclaimed Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. At the home of Kate Tillery at Wildcat at Trapper’s Crossing. July 10– Adventure Hike to the North Pole & Gourmet Cookout Hike into the remote and wild North Pole Basin with luncheon lectures by scientists of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory on the flora, fauna, ecosystems and research in the area. Gourmet cookout prepared by the pARTners chefs led by Gloria Kern, West Coast Representative of the Silver Palate. July 21– Tour de Forks: The Outer Limits of Town Chef / Owner Ben Baehrend of East Side Bistro at the home of Mary and Roger Collins at Trapper’s Crossing. July 25– Sunset on Red Lady Chef / Owner Mike Busse of Garlic Mike’s at the home of Dawn and Toby Grove in Mt. Crested Butte. July 30– Kingdom of the Two Sicilys Chef / Owner Lon Lane of Inspired Occasions from Kansas City at the home of Rosalind and Hal Cook in Skyland. August 1– Riverside Feast at Wilder on the Taylor Chef Goose Sorensen of Solera in Denver at Wilder on the Taylor near Almont. Wine featured by Cakebread Cellars of Napa Valley. August 6– Top of the World Chef de Cuisine David Wooding of the

Lobar at the home of Becky and Joe Williams at Red Mountain Ranch. August 8– Funkytown: THE Party at the End of the Road A celebration of the music, dance, arts, adventure, food and people that make Crested Butte just what it is – a beautifully unique and funky place. Your ticket grants you passage to an open bar, foodie spread, and silent auction. This new and exciting party will be held on the Center’s Outdoor Stage so that not one moment of the glory of the mountains will be left out of the evening. Music will span the ages, with throwbacks to generations of all our favorites. August 11– Quintessential Historic Cabins Chef / Owner Ashley Odom of Feast and Merriment at the homes of Gwen des Cognets and Monica and Buzz Dillon in downtown Crested Butte. August 21– Tour d’Art Chef / Owners Robin Yost of the Sunflower Deli and Jacqueline Mearman of Gâteau Fab at the homes of Margo and Kent Dunbar, Sue and Jim Oates and Charlotte and Craig Haase all at Eagle Ridge of Ohio Creek. August 26– Dawn to Dusk Golf Challenge Featuring “Survivor Golf” where participants raise a minimum of $500 in pledges that they can play 100 holes of golf. Event complete with Colorado Proud Celebration Cocktail Party prepared by Ben Breslauer of the Club at Crested Butte. September 5– The Grand Finale Chef Tim Egelhoff of Maxwell’s at the home of Joel Benisch at Wildcat at Trapper’s Crossing.

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Nightowls Darkness is falling, the night breeze is cool and your belly is full from dinner but you are not quite ready to call it a night. Maybe you feel like socializing with friends a bit longer, meeting some new fun folks, playing pool or listening to some live music. If so, Crested Butte has some fine watering holes for your late night pleasure. The Brick Oven, located on Elk Avenue next to the Post Office has a great big deck and outdoor bar as well as an indoor bar. They have many beers on tap and heat lamps

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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 the old Powerhouse Building past second and Elk, it’s the home to the awardwinning 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 given free sake. The dimly lit atmosphere, comfortable couches and pillows make the LoBar an inviting locale. They serve Sushi until 10 p.m. most if you are looking for a late night delicacy. In the alley behind the Post Office is the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. The atmosphere is rustic hip. They have a warm environment and classy cocktails.

The Dogwood is open until midnight most nights. 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 36 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 8,889 feet above sea level. Have fun and be safe out there.

Tips for a rocking good time • Don’t forget to drink a lot of water. At this high altitude, alcohol kicks in quite a bit faster. • Catch a free ride on the Mountain Express. Cut out the schedule on page 36 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 our mountain temperatures means still dressing warm on summer nights. Don’t forget your coat. • 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’ Scene section and weekly calendar to find out about all the happenings while you’re in town. • Bands in the evening typically start at 10 p.m. and pack up by 1:30 a.m. • Have fun out there.

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1. Bacchanale Italian Kitchen The all-new Bacchanale is a modest Italian restaurant from the team that launched django’s in 2008.  Our fresh and light menu will re-introduce you to simple flavors, colorful salads, artisan flatbreads and handmade specialties.  Make it “your everyday place.”  Join us for dinner nightly from 5-10 p.m., and come back in the morning at 7 a.m. for organic coffee and breakfast!  Reservations accepted online at www.thebacchanale.com 209 Elk Avenue, downtown Crested Butte (970) 349-5257 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. Join us for Stumptown coffee and fresh baked goods in the mornings. Gluten-free crust and non-dairy cheese available. Freshly made subs, fried appetizers, delicious big and juicy burgers, a kids menu and the best salad bar in town with over 30 fresh items to choose from.  Stop by for highend tequila, spirits and wine. Bring the family and watch your favorite sports on one of our large HDTVs. Lunch and dinner served everyday from 11 a.m.-til 10 p.m. Dine in, take out, take & bake and, as always, FREE DELIVERY on all menu items. (970) 349-5044. Come visit us at 223 Elk Ave. The locals hang-out for over 19 years. www.brickovencb.com. 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. www.camp4coffee.com 5. Donitas Cantina Fresh-Affordable-Delicious. Our family owned, casual, colorfully decorated Mexican eatery has been a Crested Butte favorite since 1980. JOIN US!  A meal with us starts out with Donita’s legendary salsa and chips, always free! Then sip on a quenching fresh lime Margarita. The Cantina menu features ample portions of enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, tacos and other Mexican favorites with fillings such as slow-cooked shredded beef, carne asada, marinated grilled chicken, gourmet veggies and pulled pork. Our meals are smothered in our chunky Spicy Green Chile or Red Chile Molido Sauces. Try one of the many unique creations featured as our Nightly Dinner Special (Our Best Seller). Donita’s fajitas are especially good; don’t miss the sushi-grade ahi with jalapeño mayo, grilled marinated flank steak or seasoned shrimp. Save room as our homemade desserts are a must. You can expect friendly speedy service.  KID 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. Go to www.donitascantina.com for all Donita’s Cantina information including specials, the CantinaCam (Check out the local weather), gift certificates, our current menu and hours. Dinner served nightly. Reservation/Info number (970) 349-6674. 330 Elk Avenue, Downtown Crested Butte. 6. EastSide Bistro EastSide Bistro is an upscale neighborhood bistro.  Our menu evolves seasonally and represents the eclectic, creative, and sophisticated visions of our passion for food, created with locally fresh ingredients and prepared in an innovative and contemporary style.  Our atmosphere is warm, intimate, and welcoming with spectacular views of Mt. Crested Butte and the surrounding mountains, and we offer outside dining in the summer months on our lovely outdoor garden patio. We present seasonally changing gourmet cuisine with entree selections featuring the finest cuts of Beef, Duck, Lamb, Wild Game, Pork and Chicken along with the freshest Seafood and

diningguide. outstanding Nightly Specials.   We showcase an extensive, well-rounded wine list and wonderful specialty martinis.  Dinner served nightly starting at 5pm. Also serving a wonderful Sunday Brunch starting at 9:30am.  RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for Dinner and Brunch.  (970) 349-9699 ~ 435 Sixth St./corner of Sixth and Sopris. Visit our website eastsidebistro.com for our most current menu and seasonal hours. 7. 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. 8. 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   9. Last Steep Bar & Grill VOTED BEST BLOODY MARY 10 years running. VOTED BEST MARGARITA ‘05 and VOTED BEST BURGER ‘09 - ‘11! 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: www.thelaststeep.com. 10. Le Bosquet Restaurant Breathtaking views and mouth watering food since 1976... and just getting better.   Now offering many of our entrees in half portions for half the price of a full portion! 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. Reservations helpful. (970) 349-5808. 6th and Belleview in Majestic Plaza. Plentiful parking and at the bus stop. 11. Lil’s Sushi Bar & Grill We are open 7 nights a week @ 5:30 and offer our Happy Hour every night at the Sushi Bar & Bar from 5:30-6:30 and offering our Patio Happy Hour Daily starting June 21 from 4:30-5:30 running until the end of August.  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, 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. (970) 349-5457. Located in the Historic District 321 Elk Ave. 12. 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.


diningguide. 13. Maxwell’s Join us at the new 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. Wines from around the world and a vast array of import and domestic beers. Perfect patio for enjoying the summer weather. Come watch your favorite sporting events on our HD TV’s. One of the largest venues in Crested Butte, ideal for large parties. 226 Elk Avenue (970) 349-1221. Serving dinner nightly. Starting mid-June, serving lunch daily. Daily specials. Offering take out. 14. Mikey’s Takeout and Delivery 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 skate park, 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 www.mikeyspizza.net. Call it in for quicker pick up. (970) 349-1110. Need help with a dinner party? We also cater. 15. Montanya Distillers Voted “Best Apres Adventure Bar” in Outside Magazine’s 2012 Global Travel Awards. A recommended destination by Men’s Journal and Sunset Magazine. This working distillery makes artisan rum six days a week and serves innovative, paradigm-shifting cocktails daily. Pop in just to look around the circa 1890 historic Powerhouse building with 2 copper alembic pot stills and a 100-year-old vintage saloon bar. Take a distillery tour and taste Crested Butte’s own rums, which have taken top honors in 6 international competitions including a coveted Gold Medal in the San Francisco International Spirits Competition and “Best in Class” from Miami’s Rum Expert Panel of 24 judges. Enjoy a rum cocktail and appetizer, listen to live music and you can even take home a bottle. Outdoor seating. Children of all ages welcome. 11am to last call at 9pm. 130 Elk Ave. just up from the Old Town Hall bus stop. Open 7 days a week year round. Montanyarum.com (970) 799-3206 16. Paradise Cafe A Crested Butte tradition for more than 30 years with a casual atmosphere and excellent food. Specializing in your favorite breakfast burritos, skillets, pancakes, fresh fruit and traditional breakfast. Plus cheese steaks, salads, soups, deli sandwiches, seafood, burgers and vegetarian fare for lunch. Daily specials. Full children’s menu. Beer & wine. NOW LOCATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL FOREST QUEEN BUILDING ON THE CORNER OF 2ND AND ELK ON THE WEST SIDE. (970) 349-6233. www.paradisecafecrestedbutte.com

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17. Pitas in Paradise – Bar and Grill Come See Our New Location! Gyros, fresh made hummus and baba gannoush, Greek and tahini salads, spanokopita and the town’s best fries! 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 7:30 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. 18. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Desserts extraordinaire: fine chocolates, home made fudge, caramel apples, sugar free chocolates, ice cream, fresh baked cookies, illy®, cappuccino, espresso, kid’s candy, Pepsi®, bottled water, bottled teas, gourmet jelly beans, assorted chocolates in wooden gift boxes with the Crested Butte logo, other gifts and white chocolate dipped dog bones. We are located at 314 Elk Ave., Crested Butte. Open late. 19. Soupcon 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

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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. www.soupconbistro.net. 20. Sunflower Deli Affordable gourmet breakfast & lunch in the heart of downtown Crested Butte. Egg fritatta breakfast sandwiches on croissants, bagels & cream cheese or fresh fruit and yogurt served during breakfast hours. Wheat grass shots, fresh carrot or ginger juices, as well as smoothies are available from our Juice Bar! Baked sandwiches on Mountain Oven’s house-made organic bread with freshly sliced meats and cheeses and gourmet ingredients, served with kettle chips and our own pickles. The Sunflower offers fresh salads with a selection of homemade salad dressings and a variety of soups daily. Creative sandwich specials rotate everyday and a weekly “market” salad special featuring local organic produce from our Farmer’s Market. Sit on our sunny south- facing patio and enjoy a beer or glass of wine. Lunch meat and cheese available by the pound. Catering and bag lunches for guided trips and outings offered. Open for lunch every day. Open for breakfast all summer. www.thesunflowerdeli.com 214 Elk Avenue (970) 349-6866. 21. 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. Check out our late night taco and margarita bar, on-season hours Wednesday through Saturday 9 p.m. to midnight-ish. Located at 311 1/2 Elk Avenue. Open Everyday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.-ish. (970) 349-2005. 22. The Kitchen in The Eldo  The Kitchen in The Eldo serves bar-food: hand-patted burgers, homemade veggie burgers, sandwiches, salads, handcut fries, beer battered onion rings and fried avocado. Open at 3pm. 23. The Mexicali Grill The Mexicali Grill is Crested Butte’s newest offering of ridiculously fresh, unique, authentic and flavorful Mexican food.  We are a California-style taqueria focused on made-fromscratch salsas, lots of seafood (amazing ceviche), and margaritas from heaven (100% blue agave tequila, pure lime juice squeezed in-house, and sweetened only with agave nectar).  We love spice and take great pleasure in refilling your water glass over and over again.  Fresh jalapeños, red frescas, serranos, pablanos, green chilies, habaneros, and chipotles are prevalent in our cooking.  We’re open year round for lunch and dinner.  Happy hour from 3-5 everyday features $2 tacos, $3 beers and $4 margs.  Two outdoor patios and a funky, welcoming atmosphere make this place a must visit restaurant.  If you like Mexican food (and who doesn’t), The Mexicali will not disappoint! (970) 349-7037 24. 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 2 HDTVs, or on one of our OUTDOOR PATIOS 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 Xbox Kinect games on our 8ft. digital screen, great pool table and ping pong upstairs - 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 Lunch in the Summer months @ 11am. Located at 201 Elk Ave (corner of 2nd and Elk downtown) ~ (970) 349-5662 ~ westendpublichouse.com. 


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Avalanche Bar & Grill The Avalanche Bar & Grill located at the base of the ski area in Mt. Crested Butte, features lunch and dinner daily with huge sandwiches, colossal salads, homemade soups, pizza, a great kid’s menu, delectable desserts and all your favorite comfort foods. Don’t miss the nightly dinner specials.   We celebrate happy hour from 3-6 p.m. daily with cheap drinks and marvelous munchies. Dine in or take out. Serving 11:30 a.m. - Close daily. (970) 349-7195.

25. Why Cook?! 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 Daily from 11-7. 6th and Belleview, in Majestic Plaza next to Le Bosquet. (970) 349-5858.

django's Mountaineer Square. (970) 349-7574. www.djangos. us. Dinner Wed-Sun 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.

26. 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 skitown 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.

Jefe's Jefe’s is Mt. Crested Butte’s most convenient spot for an on-the-go lunch.     Enjoy a fresh-made burrito or taco. Jefe’s is conveniently located in the breezeway of Mountaineer Square and open daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sweet Spot 1930’s Parisian Style Cocktail Lounge with Old Fashioned Candy Store and Arcade. Fun for All Ages! Specialty artisan cocktails, scrumptious cuisine and sweet treats. A unique and exciting musical and performance experience.   Located at the Mt. CB bus stop in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square courtyard.   www.cbsweetspot.com (970) 251-7644. Always Entertaining!

Mt. Crested Butte 9380 Sitting at 9,380 feet in Mt. Crested Butte, 9380 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all summer long. 9380 is located at the base of the Red Lady Express and has indoor and outdoor seating options, both with spectacular views. The large outdoor sundeck is the perfect après spot after a hike or bike ride. Private banquet space is available for  large parties and groups, call (970) 251-3030 for more information.   Open 7 days a week.

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The WoodStone Grille Located in the Grand Lodge, The WoodStone Grille serves breakfast daily from 7 - 10:30 a.m. and dinner nightly from 4  - 8:30 p.m. The Woodstone Grille features a generous morning breakfast buffet and casual dinner fare.  Private meeting space, banquet and wedding facilities are available. Call (970) 349-8030 for reservations or information.

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of our enticing menu. Eat, drink and be merry. Come to enjoy the warm atmosphere and incredible Italian dishes custom-created by chef and proud owner, Mike Busse and his extended family-his staff. Offering riverfront garden setting for luncheons and early afternoon weddings and rehearsal dinners. Dinner nightly. Gunnison’s Favorite Patio Location.  Located in Gunnison where Highway135 crosses the Gunnison River. Float and Dine Dinner Packages. Call (970) 641-2493 for reservations and information. www.gralicmikes.com.

CB South Ruben’s New Mexican Cuisine COME ENJOY THE TASTE OF SANTA FE! 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 try the newest restaurant in CB South. Located at 207 Elcho Avenue, Crested Butte South (970) 349-5003.

The Bakery & Cafe The Bakery & Cafe at the Gunnison Vitamin & Health Food Store serves up delicious sandwiches, soups and deli salads all day, as well as baked goods, signature smoothies and Camp 4 Espresso.  Prepared daily from organic, natural and local ingredients, our food is fresh, pure, delicious and nutritious.  Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options always available.   Grab ‘n Go also available.  Open Mon-Sat   9am - 7pm   Tele: (970) 6415928   Located at 804 N. Main Street, Gunnison CO, in the Mountain Meadows Mall.

Almont Three Rivers Smokehouse Come to Almont for the best ribs and BBQ plus fantastic salads, sandwiches, soups, hand-cut fries and a great patio atmosphere. Call for nightly dinner specials and enjoy a beer or wine at our bar or around the patio campfire. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Memorial Day to Late September. (970) 641-1303.

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. www.thebeancoffeehouseandeatery.com.

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.  

The Gunnisack 2011 & 1012 PEOPLE’S CHOICE: “BEST RESTAURANT”, “BEST WINGS” “Six time winner best chicken fried steak” Unique, from scratch recipes with a southwestern flair. Ground-in-house Angus Beef Burgers served on house baked buns! Steaks, Salads, Samiches, Seafood, Wraps, Vegetarian, Pasta. Scratch made Soups, Chilis, Fish & Chips Freshly Baked Desserts featuring our Gunnisack cookies. Check out our 1 lb foccacia burger. Lunch & Dinner Monday – Saturday Kids Menu, Vegetarian Features, Full Bar 142 N Main St. (970)641-5445

Garlic Mike’s GUNNISON’S BEST RESTAURANT AND BEST CHEF for MANY YEARS!! Featured on the Travel Channels’ FOOD PARADISE! Get here by bike, boat or car, just get here! You’ll be glad you did. Enter our dining room with tables dressed in red and white checkered linens and white butcher paper.   Get lost in the old-time photos with scenes of Italy hanging on the knotty pine walls. Savor the smell of sautéed garlic that fills the air. Explore all the delectable options

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Move to Montrose off the table... for now [ BY AIMEE BROWN ]

SLUSH SPLASHIN’: Daring competitors of the Slush Huck shred down Warming House Hill into a pond full of toys, freezing water and glory. For more photos, see page 14. photo by Lydia Stern

Hartman’s trails Water concerns continue for Basin as summer nears drying out and Gunnison Call on water averted, partially open for the summer season [ BY SETH MENSING ]

Respect closures, avoid muddy trails [ BY MARK REAMAN ] While Tuesday looked like a midwinter powder day in both Crested Butte and Gunnison, it was just a typical April storm. The reality is that lift-served skiing is over and many of the trails at Hartman Rocks are now open. It is one of the earliest openings ever for Hartman’s but the trails are relatively dry and ready for recreationalists. “It opened last Friday and I was out on many of the trails and they are in absolutely great shape. There are some snow spots and this Tuesday’s storm may add a bit to that but overall, it is dry,” said Bureau of Land Management outdoor recreation planner Kristi Murphy. “On Saturday, the parking lot was more than half full. This is about as early as we have ever opened Hartman Rocks.” Murphy explained that basically, everything north of the powerlines is open for business while everything south of the powerlines will stay closed into the middle of May for sage grouse conservation. Additionally, The Enchanted Forest trail is still snow-covered and will remain closed until further notice. “There are still a few snow-covered and wet spots along trails and roads, and people recreating on those routes should stay on the trail tread in order to prevent resource damage,” reiterated Murphy. “If it’s muddy on the trail, turn around and go home. Come back in a few days.”

They said it wouldn’t happen two years in a row. They reminded us of 2002 and 1972 and other drought years and said in the year following one dry winter, we’d be flush with water. But they were wrong. “This year, coming on the heels of a dry 2012, bodes for another difficult water supply year for water users in this basin,” Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District manager Frank Kugel says. “The vast majority of our water supply comes through snow melt.” According to Kugel, Blue Mesa Reservoir is just 41 percent full and Taylor Park Reservoir is 54 percent full, while the water content in the snowpack this year is around 60 percent of average. The depth of the snowpack in the upper Gunnison Basin and Taylor Park are just 65 percent and 66 percent of average, respectively, causing “grave concerns” among area water users about the availability of water for the upcoming growing and river season. With the forecast for the months ahead showing hotter and drier weather than normal, water managers in the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District are securing the water needed to keep downstream water users happy

and make the Gunnison Valley green this summer. “In 2002-3, the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association placed an administrative call on our basin that curtailed water use up here to satisfy their senior demands downstream,” Kugel said. “To prepare for that possibility this year, and mitigate the impacts of a call, we entered into a deal with the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association to purchase water out of the Aspinall Unit.” After some negotiating, the Water Conservancy District agreed to buy 4,500 acre-feet of water from the unit, comprised of Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal reservoirs. The extra water will be sent downstream to the Uncompahgre Valley and, in return, they won’t place a call on upstream water use. The agreement will preserve water rights awarded in 1941 or before through this year, while many water rights decreed up until 1956 will be honored through the UGRWCD’s own storage program. Kugel explained that the water decreed in 1941 was the result of a push by local ranchers who wanted an additional 3 cubic feet per second (CFS) flowing for each of their 40-acre hay meadows, along with the 1 CFS originally granted with the land. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

United and American Airlines flights will continue to serve the Gunnison Valley for the 2013-2014 winter season. After months of discussion and number crunching, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has decided against shifting winter air service from Dallas and Houston to the Montrose Regional Airport, and will instead focus its resources on maintaining service at the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC). The much-anticipated announcement came at the April 5 meeting of the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority (RTA). “Montrose is not the best option right now,” said Ethan Mueller, vice president and general manager of CBMR, adding that does not mean Montrose will never be an option. “I think we should all keep in mind that if we don’t change some of our paths locally we may be having this conversation again; we almost undoubtedly will.” CBMR’s director of Crested Butte Vacations, Jeff Moffett, added that ultimately the resort’s goal is to grow access for consumers. “The challenge [with Montrose] was that while there was a reduction in overall cost because of efficient economies of scale … the airlines felt there was enough risk there that they were going to put a risk premium on proposed revenue guarantees that would offset any cost savings, if not drive up costs at least in the short run.” CBMR will likely continue to work with Telluride and the Colorado Flights Alliance to fly visitors into Montrose on Allegiant Air, and the resort will also continue to work with Telluride on lift ticket partnerships and some marketing efforts. “It won’t be the same scale as would occur if we were putting all our revenue guarantee dollars toward Montrose, but we will continue to partner where appropriate,” said Moffett. “Right now, we have agreed to work with the RTA to secure year-round air service into Gunnison and we will continue to do that. The current level of air service really represents the minimum level of air service that we need to sustain.”

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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 6 (first 4 months) $754,166 Currently, the average asking price for the 44 active single-family homes in Mt. Crested Butte is $1,210,927. Prices range from $268,000 to $4,975,000. 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 12 $1,037,750 2009 19 $820,368 2010 20 $745,075 2011 17 $1,197,367 2012 25 $633,140 2013 8 (first 4 months) $863,250 Currently, in the town of Crested Butte, there are 38 active single-family listings, ranging in price from $250,000 to $3,750,000. These homes have an average asking price of $1,086,973.

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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 3 (first 4 months) $1,051,333 There are presently 10 single-family homes for sale in the Skyland/Country Club area with an average asking price of $1,644,800. Prices range from $490,000 to $3,950,000.

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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 2 (first 4 months) $323,950 There are currently 18 single-family homes for sale in CB South ranging from $299,000 to $788,000, now averaging $485,300.

Condominiums/Townhomes

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 (total sales) 2001 70 $16,599,975 (total sales) 2002 59 $15,516,691 (total sales) 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 29 (first 4 months) $293,014 Currently there are 151 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 $323,956. 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 1 (first 4 months) $368,508 There are presently 14 condos/townhomes for sale in town ranging from $183,553 to $795,000 (average asking price is $414,218).

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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 5 (first 4 months) $516,000 There are currently 16 condos/townhomes for sale in the Country Club area ranging from $89,000 to $1,175,000, averaging $477,643.

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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 2005 23 $270,346 2006 19 $565,000 2007 10 $316,610 2008 9 $334,720 2009 7 $302,285 2010 6 $210,558 2011 18 $110,000 2012 11 $164,945 2013 6 (first 4 months) $151,783 Presently, there are 9 condos/townhomes for sale in CB South ranging in price from $59,000 to $295,000, with an average asking price of $190,487.

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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 4 (first 4 months) $78,000 There are currently 60 active land listings for sale in Mt. CB, ranging in price from $50,000 to $1,100,000, with an average asking price of $452,189. 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 3 (first 4 months) $685,000 There are now 16 vacant town lots for sale with an average asking price of $735,125 (ranging from $299,000 to $1,375,000). 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 4 $320,000 2009 5 $258,833 2010 4 $217,475 2011 4 $54,025 2012 5 $240,500 2013 1 (first 4 months) $106,000 As of May 1, 2013, there were 38 active homesite listings in the Skyland/Country Club area with an average asking price of $288,111. Prices range from $69,900 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 continued on next page

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Year 2011 2012 2013

Number of Parcels Sold Average Sale Price 13 $37,238 13 $43,807 2 (first 4 months) $38,250 (2 lots sold)

There are currently 32 residential lots for sale in CB South averaging $79,562 per lot. Prices range from $34,000 to $179,900.

Ranches/11+acre sites

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 2 (first 4 months) $190,000 Currently there are 54 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 $1,015,701 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.

Overall Picture

Overall, real estate sales in all categories (residential, vacant land, ranchland and commercial) have resulted in the following numbers in the Crested Butte area:

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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 105 (first 4 months) $45,573,011 Overall 2012 resulted in slightly lower sales figures than 2011. As of May 1, 2013, there were still another 34 properties under contract totaling approximately another $17 million in potential closed sales. The month of April, traditionally a slower time in the selling season, was very active with showings and contracts, and we are anticipating this strong surge to continue into the summer of 2013. Distressed properties (short sales and bankowned foreclosures) are declining and overall inventory is lower than it has been in many years. This combined with extremely low interest rates is good news for our real estate 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.

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ffering a rich Western history influenced by Native Americans, 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, flower-carpeted 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. 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. continued on next page

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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 Utes, 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 de-

monetization 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. 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. PMPCBNewsSG13_000 4/29/13 2:03 PM Page 1

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We’ve collected some local trivia questions for you to test your Crested Butte knowledge. There’s big history in these mountains… see what you know, and what you don’t! 1. What was the first newspaper in Irwin? 2. What year did the Big Mine open? 3. Who built the home where Elk Ave. Dental is today? 4. Who was Gunnison County named after? 5. Who is the founding father of Crested Butte? 6. What’s the elevation of Crested Butte? 7. What Disney movie was filmed here? 8. What’s Crested Butte’s oldest building? 9. What year were the railroad tracks pulled up from town? 10. When did Crested Butte Mountain Resort open?

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irst it was silent movies, then the Hollywood hits of the golden age, then the art house films. The Princess Theatre was home to Crested Butte’s big screen for decades. Going to the movies was a way for the townspeople to be entertained and stay connected to the rest of the world. The original building that stood where the theatre is now served as the Colorado Supply Store, but it burned down at the turn of the century, with only its three stone walls remaining. They served as the foundation for a new building. Today, you can walk past the building and touch those old stones. Before being used as a movie house, the building was a roller rink. Then Joe Faussone opened the Princess Theatre in 1918. According to George Sibley’s Crested Butte Primer, “Faussone is remembered in town as a man who really put himself into his work. He would come out onto the sidewalk before the evening showing, and talk up the movie in the best carny-barker style. Joe Saya recalls working for Faussone— he built the fires in the Princess Theatre stove in return for free movies. The movie only cost a dime or fifteen cents at that time–but that was a lot of money to a kid in Crested Butte.” Next, the Snyder brothers bought the theatre, showing two or three different movies a week. The price of the ticket was typically 15 cents, according to Sibley, with shows like Ben Hur selling out at 25 cents. The Snyders installed sound equipment in 1932, putting new projectors in as well. Sibley writes, “During those days, until the High School building with its auditorium was built in 1927, assembly programs for the Crested Butte school children were held in the Princess Theatre. Many of these assembly programs were put on by the state Fish and Game Department—conservation-oriented programs.” One of the most comical tales from the Princess Theatre’s history is how kids used to sneak their way in for a free movie. There was a crawlspace under the stage that served as the cheapest entrance—the only downfall was that it also served as in indoor outhouse for patrons. Local historian and author Duane Vandenbusche tells the story of “bank night” at the theatre. “During the week, hardly anyone went to the movies. They were looking for ways to get people into the theatre.” So they created the “bank night” at a theatre in Montrose. On Tuesday nights, the owners would pool the money from ticket sales and raffle part of the proceeds during intermission. “You could win $20,” says Vandenbushe, “and $20 was a lot of money back then.” Bank nights soon became a nationwide sensation. The two men from Montrose trademarked their new idea. Crested Butte was one of the first communities to run bank nights. Rudy Sedmak and Martin Verzuh ran the theatre from 1950 to 1962, buying it from Adolph Fisher. It was a family-run business, explains Jo Laird, the niece of Martin Verzuh. Laird’s father, Rudy, ran the projection booth and her mother, Emmy, worked in the ticket office. “When I got old enough I got to pop a little corn,” she says. Running the theatre was a good business venture for her family, Laird says. “And there wasn’t much entertainment in Crested Butte then, so it was a good place to go.”

Laird has the old stove that once heated the movie theatre, a piece of Crested Butte’s history. In 1962, Laird’s family sold the theatre to Jack Johnston of Oklahoma City, who sold it to local Steve Glazer in 1970. The building was in disrepair—it had been condemned by the state. According to Glazer, the state gave him three years to get the building into compliance, which included adding plumbing. “I ran it as an art house,” Glazer recalls. “The first five years I ran it for myself, showed films I wanted to see. I refused to show a John Wayne movie. But after a while, I realized I was being too selfish—people have their own taste. Then I started showing movies for other people.” After the first three years in business, Glazer took on a partner, Bill Pense, who was running the Flick Theatre in Denver’s Larimer Square at the time. They began to make major renovations to the theatre, putting in bathrooms and a heating system. The days were done where people would huddle around the stove at the beginning of the movie to stay warm. Sibley remembers the old pot belly stove: “Without a heating system, seats in the theatre were chosen not on the basis of where a person could see best from, but where he could be warm enough.” Glazer upgraded from horsehair seats to modern theatre seating. Chandeliers from an old theatre in Chicago were hung, and an artist out of Telluride was commissioned to create a hand-painted mural curtain. He created his mural in five different artistic styles. It’s Crested Butte Mountain from the vantage of Gibson’s Ridge. There are Greek columns, Venus rising bare-breasted on a half-shell encompassed by fiery borders with cherubs flying. But Glazer says he didn’t take himself too seriously, so there was a Mickey Mouse peeking through the forest on the curtain. The curtain is in storage at the Mountain Heritage Museum. Glazer held three world premiers at the Princess: Ghost Town Skiers, Snowball Express and Karate Kid. Ghost Town Skiers and Snowball Express were filmed in Crested Butte, and Karate Kid was written by Robert Mark Kamen in town. The art film fan enjoyed his time running the theatre, bringing entertainment to the small town. And he was proud to carry on the tradition of showing films in this mountain community. When he first began remodeling the building he found old music scores from the silent movie days. “It was a big deal to have a theatre in town,” says Molly Minneman, the town’s historic preservation coordinator. She says that when the theatre opened in 1918, it was an indicator that the community was on the map. “It shows that there was enough commerce in town,” she explains. Even though the coke ovens closed in town that year, it was still a boom time, and people had the money to go to the movies. The building itself is unusual, says Minneman. No other building on Elk Avenue has the arch on its false front. “You don’t see that type of architecture anywhere else. It’s has a certain level of ornateness,” she says. “The building itself draws you in and wants you to be a part of the downtown.” Today, when Jo Laird walks past the old Princess Theatre, which is now home to the Princess Wine Bar and Furnishings store, she gets nostalgic. “It’s a fun reminder of the older days. I like to remember it in the good old days.”

The building itself draws you in and wants you to be a part of the downtown.


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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.

High

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

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CRESTED BUTTE 1990 30.2 2000 30.6 2010 34.4

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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.

education

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

2009

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

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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

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

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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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Best Views in Town

community. 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-

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 www.hccaonline.org.

The Crested Butte Land Trust works to ensure the Gunnison Valley landscapes you treasure are preserved in perpetuity. Awarded Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Non-Profit of the Year, there are many ways to enjoy lands protected by the Land Trust. Discover the expansive Slate River Valley on the Lupine Trail and Slate River Trailhead Extension, which wind through wildflower-speckled meadows and colorful aspens. Recreation abounds on the Lower Loop Trail system, which begins in the Town of Crested Butte, connects with the Woods Walk Trail and the Budd Trail, and meanders along the Slate River. During the winter months, exhilarating, groomed trails in the Trappers Crossing South subdivision provide great Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Each summer, the Land Trust offers a series of wildflower hikes in conjunction with the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Spot the elusive Twisted Stalk Lily and the delicate Bishop’s Cap. Looking for an outdoor wedding venue? 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. Get the entire family outside with letterboxing, a “treasure hunt” on several of the Land Trust’s scenic parcels. To learn more about the Crested Butte Land Trust, visit www.cblandtrust.org or call Ann Johnston, Executive Director, at (970) 349-1206.

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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 www.gunnisonlegacy.org 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 www.1percentforopenspace.org.


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The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

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a high-altitude biological field station The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) founded in 1928, is an independent, highaltitude biological field station located in Gothic. The lab’s primary mission is to provide quality research and teaching facilities for biologists and biology students of all disciplines who can benefit professionally and intellectually from studying in the Gunnison Basin. Scientists conduct both long and short-term studies. Recent studies have been done on alpine wildflowers and their pollinators, the ecology of mountain streams, global climate change, and the population dynamics and behavior of animals as diverse as marmots, butterflies and hummingbirds. Each summer, distinguished faculty teach intensive college-level field biology courses, with researchers supervising advanced students in independent projects. Students live and study at Gothic, spending hundreds of instructive hours in the field. The RMBL offers numerous programs to the public during the summer. If you’re curious about the research that goes on at RMBL, head to

Tuesday Talks. Researchers will give talks every Tuesday during the summer for the general public at 8 p.m. in the Enders Dining Hall in Gothic. RMBL also offers summer science programs for children of all ages four days a week. Through exploration of meadows, forests, and mountains the kids will learn about our fascinating natural world. Games, hiking, crafts, and scavenger hunts make learning easy and fun in our spectacular mountain setting. There is also a chance for adults and families to learn more about the scope of research in Gothic. Head out on a Thursday tour, they run each week from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and meet at the Gothic Store. RMBL will hold its annual Historic Preservation Dinner on August 15 where the community can have the chance to enjoy a gourmet meal in Gothic, followed by a tour of the historic buildings. Call 349-7231 or visit the website at www. rmbl.org for more information. The RMBL encourages visitors to car pool to help preserve the East River Valley.

Red Lady Coalition: Our strength is in our diversity The Red Lady Coalition’s mission is preservation of a safe, intact and protected Mount Emmons. This includes preserving the integrity of the Crested Butte Municipal water supply, Ohio Creek, broader Gunnison River headwaters and underpinnings of Gunnison Valley’s economy. A molybdenum mine on Mount Emmons is incompatible with the Coalition’s mission. Responding to the threat of mining on Mt. Emmons in Red Lady Basin, a diverse group of individuals and organizations gathered in late 2007 to discuss how best to preserve Mount Emmons intact and as it stands. We sought to forever ensure clean water in Crested Butte’s watershed and to protect headwaters tributaries to the Gunnison River. Red Lady Coalition is a group of long-time Crested Butte residents, established organizations and corporations, and people who have joined the community to enjoy surrounding mountains and recreational opportunities. We respect our home and intend to secure our legacy as we pass this beautiful valley to our children. The strength of the coalition lies in diversity with unity of purpose. Regardless of background and past allegiances, preserving the valley from extractive exploitation is the goal toward which we work. Read more about Red Lady Coalition on the internet at www.redladycoalition.com. You can leave comments on our blog page or reach us at Red Lady Coalition, P. O. Box 1653, Crested Butte, CO 81224-1653.

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Donors, nonprofits and the community – that’s who the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley (CFGV) serves. With donor intent foremost in mind, the Foundation stewards various kinds of funds including unrestricted (where the Foundation makes granting decisions), designated agency endowments (which are set aside for specific nonprofits), and donor-advised (which allow the donor to stay active in recommending grant recipients). Last year more than half a million dollars from the Community Foundation’s many funds was granted to nonprofits.

Going beyond money, the Community Foundation provides technical assistance to strengthen nonprofits’ 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 Valley’s nonprofits. As a leader in civil discourse, the Foundation convenes meetings and is available to facilitate difficult conversations.

The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley is flexible, accessible, and ready to serve our donors with a mission of strengthening the community through engaged philanthropy, thoughtful grantmaking, strategic education and collaborative leadership. CFGV uses the best practices in the field, and has met National Standards for Community Foundations. To be a part of your foundation–as a donor or a volunteer - call Pam or Lauren at 641-8837 or 349-5966, mail to P.O. Box 7057, Gunnison, CO, 81230 or find CFGV on the web at www.cfgv.org.

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.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

18 Buttercup Lane, Mt. Crested Butte

Five bedroom, 3,928 sq. ft. promontory home with immense views overlooking Mt. CB and the entire valley. Includes decks on 3 levels (incl. hot tub deck), large viewing windows, family room, 4.5 baths, private office, Jacuzzi, cool 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. $1,095,000

83 Floyd Ave., Crested Butte South

4-bedroom home on quiet Floyd Ave., new, upgraded kitchen, dining bar, fireplace, Jacuzzi master, natural wood door & trim, attractive landscaping, 2-car garage, large .57 ac. property. $529,000

Unspoiled, protected views W, N & E, entire Paradise view, quiet north side neighborhood of distinctive homes. The best location. $1,375,000

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 $239,000 or $125,000 for one 467 MERidiAn LAkE dRiVE — Views, above the road $149,000 512 Sopris Ave., Crested Butte

Completely rebuilt 3-bedroom, home with an additional 1-bedroom accessory dwelling. Incl. log front sitting room, w/ pressed tin ceiling, generous living room and large basement family room. Cherry kitchen w/ vaulted ceiling, steam master, walk-in laundry, and 1-car garage. $899,000

154 Upper Allen Rd., CB South

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

SkyLAnd LOt S-156 — Half acre nearby to clubhouse & Grant Lake $395,000 SkyLAnd — 215 Trent Jones, level, views, fairway $375,000 CREStEd BUttE SOUtH — 852 Zeligman on the high side of the road $89,000 HiddEn MinE RAnCH — Lot 17, 35 acres, views, close to town $825,000

Condominiums SnOWCRESt C-3 W/ gARAgE 2 bd/2 ba, fireplace, close to lifts & footbridge $149,000 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

gRAnd LOdgE 368 & 370 — 783 sq. ft. $149,900 tHREE SEASOnS 238 — Pool, fireplace $79,000

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2-bedroom Powderview condo with elevated location and nice turf yard off the patio. Woodburning fireplace, views to Paradise. $225,000

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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