Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Crested Butte Reopens for the Weekend

Bonus ski weekends are the best. OK, so maybe I've only skied one of them--last year when Vail had so much snow on its official closing day on April 14 that it reopened a good portion of the mountain the following weekend--but it was pretty amazing, and I'd do it again without thinking twice.

So when I heard that Crested Butte was reopening for one final hoo-rah of the season, I was giddy. I skied there for the first time this season, and on a weekend where freshies were nowhere to be found, yet you wouldn't find me hesitating to go again, powder stashes or not. It also helps that we found some of the best pizza west of the Mississippi and the closest thing to Joy Yee's Governor's Chicken outside Chicago.


Crested Butte Mountain Resort announced on Monday, April 21, that they'd be doing the unthinkable. For the first time in resort history, Crested Butte is reopening its lifts and terrain for one more weekend of skiing and riding. The resort has never reopened after its official end to the winter season, but it will be back in business on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27.


"We had an incredible season this year,” says Ethan Mueller, vice president and general manager at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. “Looking at the amount of snow we still have on the mountain and in the valley, we thought of all years to reopen this would be a good one to give it a try."

When it reopens, Crested Butte's Silver Queen lift will be spinning to service plenty of the resort's intermediate and advanced skiing and riding. At last check, a snowstorm that had been blanketing portions of Lake Tahoe was supposed to be heading Crested Butte's way with fresh pow to usher in this momentous event. As if celebrating another weekend of skiing at an amazing Colorado resort wasn't enough, the resort will also be announcing its 2014-2015 winter pass prices.

"One more weekend of skiing will be a fun way to bring people to the mountain and to get excited for next season with our season pass price remaining flat to this year," Mueller said. "So is this the final weekend of the 2013-2014 season or the first weekend of the 2014-2015 season? We’ll let you decide. Just come ski on Saturday and Sunday!”

With the Silver Queen running, Crested Butte will have the terrain that services the front side of the mountain and a total of 155 acres open. While there won't be beginner or extreme terrain, like the Spellbound Bowl, available to ski, there will still be plenty of reasons to hit the snow this weekend. Silver Queen will be running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Skiers and riders holding Crested Butte Mountain Resort 2013-2014 season passes, the Peak Pass and the Peak Pass+ can use those to access the mountain on this bonus weekend. For others, lift tickets are heavily discounted, costing $20 for guests 13 and older, $10 for kids ages 7 to 12, and free for kids ages 6 and under. And for those who need a place to stay in town (you know, so you can get in not one but two days on the mountain), the resort is offering a lodging rate of $87 per night.  

Crested Butte skiers, or really any skiers who didn't make enough turns on the mountain before the CB season officially ended April 6, you must be getting psyched for Saturday to roll around. Who's taking turns this weekend?

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