Celebrate Spring on the Slopes in Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado

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Great deals and a jam-packed calendar of events to wrap up ski season in March & April

March and April are choice times to ski and snowboard Crested Butte with runs that have accumulated snow all winter, lots of action in town and on the slopes, and pleasant spring temperatures. Here is a glimpse of happenings from March 1 until April 8, closing day for both Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Crested Butte Nordic Center. For a complete calendar of events, go to http://www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com.

EVENTS

Art, Concerts, Film & Festivals
Mar 2, April 6 - First Friday Gallery Crawl & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison
March 6 - John Oates Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
March 9 – 10 - Banff Mountain Film Festival, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
March 10    Kids Rock Concert Presented by Trailhead Children’s Museum, Crested Butte Music Festival & Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Mountaineer Square Ballroom
March 17 – 18 - FestEVOL (featuring Barenaked Ladies, Guster, Big Head Todd & the Monsters), Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 29 - ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte
March 29 - Kissidugu Concert (music & dance), Crested Butte Center for the Arts
April 4 – 8    - Flauschink (flush out winter & welcome spring festival), Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte

Sporting Events
March 8 – 11 - 21st Annual Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 10 - Ski For Hope Nordic Challenge & Ski-a-thon, Crested Butte
March 10 - Big Air on Elk Presented by Colorado FreeSkier, Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
March 22 – 24 - 16th Annual Extreme Telemark Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 25 - 38th Annual Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 29 – 31 - Junior Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 30 – 31 - 15th Annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, Crested Butte to Aspen
April 7 - Bump & Jump and Pond Skim Competitions, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Activities on Nordic Skis & Snowshoes
March 1 - Learn to Skate Ski for Free!, Crested Butte Nordic Center
March 8, 17 - Moonlight Dinner at the Yurt, Crested Butte Nordic Center’s Magic Meadows Yurt
Mar 8, Apr 6 - Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 18 - Winter Photo Workshops by Xavier Fane & Raynor Czerwinski (on snowshoes or skis!), Crested Butte area

DEALS
Hot Deal: Ski & Stay in Paradise is available from March 26 – April 8, 2012. Choose from 19 properties in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley starting at $62 per person, with packages priced to include one night of lodging for two adults per room and two adult lift tickets. Additional nights and lift tickets can be added. Go to http://www.paradisepackage.com.

With Three Rivers Resort’s Stay, Ski & Save Package, a lodge room and lift tickets for two start at just $95 per person, per night and deluxe cabins on the river are available starting at $132 per person, per night from Feb. 17 – March 25, 2012. This package also can be priced for families. Call (888) 761-3474 or visit http://www.3riversresort.com.

FestEVOL is back on March 17 – 18 with headline bands Barenaked Ladies on Saturday and Guster/Big Head Todd and the Monsters on Sunday. Host Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering FestEVOL Lift, Lodging and Ticket Packages starting at only $112 per person, per night for three nights’ lodging in a Grand Lodge king suite, two days skiing and both concerts. Other combinations and lodging properties are available. Packages are based on double occupancy and subject to taxes, fees and availability. For more information call Crested Butte Vacations at (800) 810-7669 and visit http://www.skicb.com.

Embark on a thrilling, two-hour snowmobile ride in Crested Butte with Colorado Adventure Rentals for only $79. Your partner on the trail is a Polaris 550, a 60 HP deep snow/trail sled that is all about having fun in the back country. This special is valid through March 31, 2012. For information, go to http://www.coloradoadventurerentals.com or call (877) 641-3525.

VACATION PACKAGES & VISITOR INFORMATION
To find out more, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free number (800) 814-8893 or visit http://www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com. Find the Tourism Association on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gcbta or follow us on http://www.twitter.com/gcbta. The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport in Gunnison is served year-round by United Airlines and during the winter season by American Airlines and Continental Airlines.

ABOUT GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest Colorado. Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor summer activities. In the warmer months, visitors can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding. Year-round visitors enjoy distinctive restaurants, unique shops and stimulating cultural opportunities, and have a wide range of lodging options — from rustic inns to guest cabins and bed-and-breakfasts to full-service resort hotels.

Gunnison, county seat and a real western town, is home to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport, Gunnison Whitewater Park, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Pioneer Museum and Western State College, which offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional fields. Both Crested Butte and Gunnison have thriving historic central business districts packed with shopping and dining opportunities.

Recognized as the “Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado Legislature and one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2008, Crested Butte is 28 miles from Gunnison and the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing heritage and home to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Only three miles up the road is the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, home to the ski area, an active base area, the area’s conference center, and outstanding hiking and biking trails.

Marble is located in the Upper Crystal River Valley along the Elk Mountains and is the gateway to nearby Crystal, home to one of the most photographed mill sites in the country. Marble has seven sites on the National Register of Historic Places and is the location of the Yule Marble Quarry.

In Gunnison County, visitors will find the Curecanti National Recreation Area, where dinosaur fossils were recently discovered; the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water and home to the largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States; and The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, one of our country’s newest national parks. Gunnison County includes the quaint and historic towns of Pitkin, Gothic, Tin Cup, Marble, Powderhorn, Almont and Crystal, plus the better-known communities of Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Gunnison County is part of the West Elk Loop and Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byways.

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