Crested Butte celebrates golden anniversary

Ski FREE on opening day – Nov. 23, 2011 – and on your birthday at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Tom Skillo photo courtesy CBMR

11.20.11 CB cord

Tom Skillo photo courtesy CBMR

Tom Skillo photo courtesy CBMR

11.20.11 CB downtown

Tom Skillo photo courtesy CBMR

Crested Butte Mountain Resort officially opened for skiing in November of 1961, and this year’s opening day marks the resort’s 50th birthday and the culmination of a year-long celebration.

To honor its golden year, CBMR is offering a free lift ticket valid on November 23, 2011, opening day for the 2011-2012 season. Please note: Lift tickets are required. Please stop by the Adventure Center to receive your ticket.

CBMR’s opening day birthday celebration includes live music with Drew Emmitt, fun events, a big birthday cake, and party favors. To sweeten the deal, the resort also is offering a free lift ticket for “your” birthday whenever it may fall during the winter season.

Crested Butte is recognized as the home to some of the country’s top extreme and elite winter athletes. The mountain has some of the easiest access to what is considered to be the country’s best steeps where you can find classic bowl skiing or unexplored lines on every run.

Crested Butte has always been known as a great mountain to improve your skiing because of the diverse terrain and easy progression from beginner, intermediate and advanced sections of the mountain.

From the abundant wide open green and blue groomed trails to more advanced long cruisers and the famous extreme limits of the North Face and Headwall, the mountain has it all. This season will feature additional terrain expansion in Teocalli Bowl to an area know as Teo II. This expert bowl is accessed by the high lift at the top of the mountain and adds to the expansive region known as the Extreme Limits.

The unique character of the mountain combined with uncrowded slopes, fantastic grooming and snow conditions gives one a sense of freedom and confidence. The adventure in Crested Butte doesn’t just stop at the on-mountain ski experience.

Off the slopes, the town features some of the most diverse and distinctive bars, restaurants and nightlife found in any ski village.  From sushi to sandwiches and everything in between, there are a variety of great places to dine. This small town boasts three locations for sushi, six great pizza places, and more than 30 bars. There is also live music almost every night at places like the classic Eldo bar or the intimate Princess wine bar on Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte.

The shopping is also an adventurous undertaking with small specialty shops and galleries to explore, each one distinct in its offerings and style.

Never been to Crested Butte? The resort makes this recommendation for a day of memorable skiing:

“Start off with several laps in East River pod to capitalize on the morning sun over there and work your way over to the Prospect pod for some untracked snow, working to Paradise Bowl midday where you could quickly hop into Paradise Warming House for hot food and a cold beer.

“And then once the legs were feeling primed, get a few laps in on the North Face lift-served extreme terrain and a few on the front side to catch the Silver Queen back to the top of the High Lift as well.

“Then look for a hot tub and a beer.”

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (800) 600-2803 or visit the web site at

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