Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) plans to open for the summer season on Saturday, June 18, 2011 with improved on-mountain trails for downhillers and cross-country riders, additions to the Evolution Bike Park, and a host of great events. About two weeks ago it looked like there was no way Crested Butte could open by June 18 as it was covered with a blanket of deep snow top to bottom.
However, warm and sunny weather have brought summer back to the mountains and made sure Crested Butte was still on target for the June 18 opening, excepting its new year-round Zip Line Tour, the installation of which has been pushed back to late June because of the aforementioned snow.
The Crested Butte Zip Line Tour will include five zip lines, and a series of features, such as an “Indiana Jones Bridge,” a “Burma Bridge” and a net climb. The Zip Line Tour at CBMR will be available during the summer and winter seasons; the resort will offer the only guided zip line tour at a Colorado ski resort, and one of the only winter canopy tour operations in the state.
Until it’s ready (check back here for a firm date) the resort’s Adventure Park will open for the summer season on June 18. Mini golf, bungee trampolines and the climbing tower are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer.
The Adventure Park will close for the summer season on Sept. 5, but the resort will continue to offer zip line tours on weekends through the fall for leaf-peepers and their peeping. Summer Adventure Park pricing and Crested Butte Zip Line Tour pricing will be released soon. For information visit www.skicb.com and for reservations call 970-349-2211.
In addition to the new Crested Butte Zip Line Tour, CBMR hopes to expand Evolution Bike Park trail offerings for gravity-seekers through the proposed development of more beginner downhill options, providing smooth and flowing trails that would bring new riders to the sport. In addition, the resort has proposed a more natural trail off the Goldlink zone that would meander through dense aspen forest and promote more natural riding features made from local materials and wood bridging.
CBMR also hopes to improve cross-country riding options, including proposed completion of Westside trail following a two-year build-out. The trail would offer a new access route to the CBMR base area and five miles of winding trail through mixed vegetation and rock with tall views of the town of Crested Butte and Paradise Divide to the north. In addition, crews would tie in Lower Meander to Meander and Gothic Road after some technical riding while overlooking East River Valley. The resort hopes to begin all new trail construction this summer, pending final approval from the U.S. Forest Service.
Aside from proposed construction, crews will put finishing touches on Pyscho Rocks (downhill trail) and will reopen existing on-mountain trail networks with improved features, buffed-out berms and an improved signage package.
CBMR also will offer two twilight riding nights each week at the Evolution Bike Park, Wednesday and Friday from 5-7 p.m.
The resort has teamed up with Specialized Bikes again this season to offer demos, from downhill mountain bikes, cross country bikes, a children’s fleet and even small strider bikes for little ones learning to ride for the first time.
This season’s race highlights include: The Pinnacle Race Series (starting June 17), the Mountain States Cup Wildflower Rush (June 24-26) in addition to CB’s legendary Michelob Ultra Crested Butte Bike Week presented by Alpine Othopaedics (formerly Fat Tire Bike Week, June 23-26). New this year, Crested Butte plays host to one of only three Leadville 100 Qualifiers on July 31, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 23.
For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-600-2803 or visit www.skicb.com. For information on ski area real estate opportunities call 970-349-4999 or 877-805-6109 or visit the website at www.cbliving.com.