Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opens with a Bang

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Guests enjoyed 40-degree temperatures, sunshine, and celebrations.

50th birthday games, topped off with a 50-pound pinata (Credit: Nathan Bilow)

Quote of the Day: 'Who needs a free lift ticket for the day?'

The sun was shining, the music was blasting, the energy was on high and the lift tickets were free. Today, guests at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) had the picture perfect opening day for the 2011-2012 winter season. Celebrating its 50th birthday, the resort had a champagne toast to start the day and get the lifts spinning, followed by traditional birthday games, a 50-pound piñata, birthday cake and live music. With all of the festivities, the skiing was the icing on the cake. Guests found perfectly groomed runs and some powder stashes to make the most of their first day on the slopes.

To recap the day, the resort pulled some statistics of the festivities:
2,313 Skiers and Snowboarders
100 acres, 18 Trails
5 lifts

For the birthday party:
1,200 balloons
1,620 feet of streamers
2 bands & 1 DJ
50-pound piñata (before filling): included 6 telephone books, 30 newspapers, 20 magazines, 20 trail maps, 10 gallons of paper maché mix, 2 rolls of Duct Tape and 50 man hours to build. The piñata was filled with over 2,000 pieces of candy, 500 toys, t-shirts, stickers, lanyards, posters and gift certificates for an Uley’s Sleigh ride dinner, a Snowcat Driving experience and a CB Card.

  •     Photo Attached: 50th Birthday celebrations(Photo credit: Nathan Bilow)
  •     Broadcast Quality Video Available: Visit to download (1) quicktime clip. Under “Video”, “B-Roll” (title: Crested Butte Opening Day – Video Credit: Chris Segal, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  •     Last Minute Package:

o    Early Season Package It’s another La Niña year and that could mean exceptional early season skiing and riding at CBMR. From November 22 – December 2, the resort is offering lodging and lift tickets for $69 per person, per night. From December 3 – 15, the rate is $89 per person, per night. To reserve an Early Season Package visit or call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-600-2803.

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