Crested Butte – whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall – is definitely a Best of Colorado destination. There are so many things to love about the area during all seasons. Alas, it is summer at the Butte, so time to think along those lines (you can read a summer primer on the Crested Butte area, and mainly Crested Butte Mountain Resort here).
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) announced that, thanks to warm spring conditions, trails drying out quickly and a strong desire to get summer underway, CBMR is planning for an earlier opening than usual.
For the weekend only on June 9-10, the Red Lady Express will open for scenic rides, hiking and mountain biking in the Evolution Bike Park. You can also enjoy the miniature golf course and zipline tours for the early opening.
On Saturday, June 16, the resort will re-open with full operations for the summer season and continue daily through Labor Day weekend, then Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 30. By the way, that will be an excellent pre-ski season weekend to head out there and see the fall colors.
“The trails throughout the valley have been in great shape for a few weeks now,” says Ethan Mueller, VP and general manager for CBMR, “We wanted to celebrate the early start to summer in the Colorado Rockies, by opening a weekend early for guests who are looking to get to the high country and experience the exceptional spring conditions at the resort, in Crested Butte and throughout the Gunnison Valley.”
CBMR has grown its summer operations, and is now offering a number of activities including: lift-served mountain biking, Specialized bike demos, scenic chair lift rides, hiking to the Peak of Crested Butte Mountain, guided zipline tours, kids’ day camp and the Adventure Park, with bungee trampolines, miniature golf, disc golf and a rock climbing wall.
Other additions for the summer season include adding new mountain bike trails to the Evolution Bike Park and helping to build the Trailhead Tree House playground, in partnership with a local non-profit, the Trailhead Children’s Museum and several other community supporters.
The tree house is made from a real, old fallen tree that is hollowed out by a chainsaw, giving it an authentic mountain look. The playground will be located next to the resort’s Adventure Park and will be free for all to use. It is scheduled to open on June 16 when the resort opens for full summer operations.
Continued enhancements to the Evolution Bike Park will add one intermediate downhill trail, which is planned to open in July. Frequency, as the trail will be named, will have intermediate berms and small jump features to give guests a progressive introduction to more advanced downhill mountain biking terrain.
The second trail has yet to be named and CBMR is hoping to complete it later in the summer. It will run through the Gold Link area in tight wooded areas and also contain some excavated dirt sections for the more advanced rider.
The Evolution Bike Park continues to grow with more terrain every year. Currently, there are over 25 miles of trails throughout the resort, allowing riders of every ability opportunities to improve their skills and take their mountain biking to the next level.
You can visit CBMR for $99 per night, plus resort fees and taxes. This summer’s early booking special saves 15 percent on all CBMR lodging options, ranging from condominiums for the whole family to the slopeside Elevation Hotel and Spa with the finest amenities.
The offer is available for purchase through June 15, and as an added enticement the resort will throw in a free single ride lift ticket for each person on the reservation. For more information and reservations visit www.ridecb.com or call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-600-2803.