Crested Butte slopes have abundance of snow, Santas
From setting world records for having the most skiing Santas to kicking off the season with the best conditions in years, Crested Butte is celebrating its 53rd anniversary in style.
The Guinness Book of World Records goal of more than 200 skiing Santas set in 2011 was targeted this past Saturday as part of a pub crawl event that starts at the resort. Skiers in full Santa suits ski for just $20, said Erica Reiter, Crested Butte marketing manager.
“In terms of snow our opening was the best start in years and it’s great to see. It is a good indication for a good season to come,” Reiter said.
So far this year, there is a lot more white stuff and reservations are up for the holiday season.
“We are tracking a little bit ahead of last year and the Christmas season should be great because we have more destination travel flights coming into the Gunnison airport,” Reiter said.
Crested Butte is a ski resort that offers a wide range of activities beyond its 121 ski trails. From terrain parks to tubing hills, snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, Crested Butte has become a Mecca for winter sports.
For those who are into machines, the resort even offers a snowcat driving experience and snowmobile tours. The Adaptive Sports Center at Crested Butte is a nonprofit organization that provides winter recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families.
This season, the resort unveiled improvements that include removing trees in the East River lift area to create an optimal intermediate tree skiing area, with more than 10 acres of terrain; and the addition of three new children’s trails near the Painter Boy lift. Crews also are creating and installing building facades throughout the winter to replicate buildings on the town’s main street to add to the magical ambiance of the children’s area.
Another addition this year is the Waffle Cabin.
“Crested Butte is the first in the West to bring golden delicious hand-snack Belgium sugar waffles to the slopes. Waffle Cabin is an incredibly popular slopeside snack at Eastern resorts and through partnerships with a sister resort in Vermont, we have been able to open the cabin next to the guest service hut in the base area,” Reiter said.
Upcoming events include the Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 Torchlight Parades as well as moonlight snowshoe tours slated for midnight Jan. 16, Feb. 14 and March 16.
Crested Butte is known as “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town.” Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the Butte is a showcase for mountain lifestyle.
“Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, whether beginner or burgeoning national champion, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a challenge on the resort slopes,” Reiter said.
A ski school and rental shop also are available for those just starting out. The learning area has a ski school that offers both private and group lessons for beginners of all ages.