Spring Break Merriment in Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado

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Great deals and a jam-packed calendar of events in March & April.

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March and April are choice times to ski and snowboard Crested Butte with trails that have accumulated snow all winter, pleasant spring temperatures and wallet-friendly deals. Plus, there is action galore throughout the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley due to a jam-packed calendar of events and plenty of non-skiing outdoor fun such as hot air ballooning, zip lining, dog sledding, snowshoeing, fishing, snowcat driving experiences, snowmobiling, tubing and more.

Here is a glimpse of happenings from March 1 until April 7, closing day for both Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Crested Butte Nordic Center. Or extend the season with backcountry adventures on your own or guided by local outfitters.


Art, Music, Theatre & Dance

Mar 1, Apr 5 - First Friday Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison
March 1 – 2 - Move the Butte Presented by Crested Butte Dance Collective, CB Center for the Arts
March 6 - Rock ’n’ Roll & Classical Music Showdown with Alpin Hong & Crushed Out, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Mar 7-9,14-16 - “Sonofagunn,” Gunnison Arts Center Theatre
March 8 – 9 - Readers Theatre Presented by Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Mallardi Cabaret Theatre
March 9 - Festevol featuring The Wailers & Twiddle, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 15 - ArtTalk, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
March 15 - Vagabond Opera, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
March 21 - Watercolor & Wine Workshop, Gunnison Arts Center
March 21 - Donavon Frankenreiter Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
March 28 - ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte
March 29 - Ruth Moody Band, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
Apr 3-7, 10-13 - “The Exit Interview” presented by CB Mountain Theatre, Mallardi Cabaret Theatre
April 7 - Closing Day at Crested Butte Mountain Resort – Live music & more

Especially for Kids

March 16 - Kids Rock “Aloha in the Butte” Concert featuring Doctor Noize, Presented by Trailhead Children’s Museum & Crested Butte Music Festival, Mtr. Square Ballroom, Mt. CB
March 23 - "The Velveteen Rabbit" presented by PHAMALy, Crested Butte Center for the Arts

Festivals, Special Events & More

March 13 - "Starry, Starry Night," Winter Tour de Forks benefiting Crested Butte Center for the Arts, with dinner prepared by Maxwell’s Chef Anthony Reichenbach, Nordic Inn
March 28 - Elk Mountains Grand Traverse Adventure Film Festival, Mtr. Square Ballroom, Mt. CB
March 29 - Soul Train Presented by KBUT Radio, Butte 66, Mt. Crested Butte
March 30 - Herb Class – Poplar for Pain Relief, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
April 3 – 7    - Flauschink (flush out winter & welcome spring festival), Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte

Sporting Events

March 1 – 2 - IFSA Junior Freeskiing Regional Competition, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 2 - Ski For Hope Nordic Challenge benefiting Living Journeys, Crested Butte Trails
March 2 – 3 - Weekend Warriors Ice Fishing Tournament, Blue Mesa Lake, Gunnison
March 7 – 10 - IFSA Junior Freeskiing National Championships, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 9 - Big Air on Elk (ski jumping) Presented by Colorado FreeSkier, Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
March 24 - 39th Annual Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Ski Race, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 27 – 31 - 22nd Annual Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
March 29 – 30 - 16th Annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, Crested Butte to Aspen
April 6 - Slush Huck Pond Skim Competition, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Activities on Nordic Skis & Snowshoes

March 7 - Learn to Skate Ski for Free!, Crested Butte Nordic Center
March 11 - 12 - New Moon Milky Way Photography Class on Nordic Skis by Raynor Czerwinski, Presented by Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte to Gothic Hut Trip
March 26 - Full Moon Yurt Dinner, Crested Butte Nordic Center’s Magic Meadows Yurt
March 27 - Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Experience “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town” this winter and save up to $600 on airfare when flying American Airlines into Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC). Stay at any Crested Butte Mountain Resort managed property for a minimum of four nights now through April 1 and receive an airfare credit of $200 per person, valid for up to three people. Better yet, combine this airfare credit with any of our other offers on http://www.skicb.com/deals for ultimate savings. This offer is valid on new reservations only and can be booked by calling (800) 810-7669.

Traveling from the Phoenix and San Francisco Bay areas just got easier and less expensive with new nonstop flights from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport (IWA) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) on Allegiant Air. Fares from Phoenix start as low as $46.99 one-way, and flights from Oakland start at $49.99 one-way. To make the deal sweeter, two-for-one airline tickets for these routes can be purchased by calling (866) 237-5341 through Feb. 28, 2013. Ground transportation and rental cars are available from Montrose to Crested Butte. Travel must be completed by April 3, 2013, and this offer is based upon availability.

Book lodging and a general admission ticket to see The Wailers and Twiddle perform at Festevol on March 9 and save 25% on both. Lodging & Festevol Package prices are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to taxes, fees and availability. This offer is not available for VIP tickets and must be reserved by March 8. Call (800) 810-7669 and visit http://www.skicb.com/festevol.

With Three Rivers Resort’s Family Ski & Stay Package, relax in a deluxe mountain chalet on the Taylor River in Almont and enjoy skiing or snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for only $90 per person, per night (price is even lower for families with non-skiers or kids ages 12 and under). The package includes two adult lift tickets and two teen lift tickets (for ages 13 – 17) and is available from now until March 24, 2013. Other dates and combinations are available, and taxes and fees may apply. Valid for new reservations only and must be reserved more than 48 hours in advance. Call (888) 761-3474 or visit http://www.3riversresort.com.

With Crested Butte Lodging’s Stay More, Pay Less deal, stay between now and the end of ski season on April 7 to save 30% when booking five or more nights of lodging, 25% for four nights and 20% for three nights. Must be booked by Feb. 28, 2013. Call (888) 412-7310 and visit http://www.crestedbuttelodging.com.

Take advantage of the Gunnison Getaway package for terrific ski vacation rates at 12 participating properties starting at $61.50 per adult, per night (includes a lift ticket at Crested Butte Mountain Resort) until March 24 and $46.50 from March 25 – April 7, 201. Price is based on double occupancy with two adult lift tickets and does not include taxes. Young adult and children’s lift tickets can be purchased when booking the stay, and the cost for children and other additional occupants staying in the room may be extra. Go to http://www.gunnisongetaway.com.

With the Crested Butte Adventure Package save 15% on both a stay at the historic Elk Mountain Lodge and an adventure activity with Crested Butte Mountain Guides (excludes camps and clinics). Complete the getaway with a recovery massage at Creekside Spa with $5 off any treatment. In winter, CBMG adventures include ski mountaineering, backcountry skiing/snowboarding, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (see http://www.crestedbutteguides.com). To book by call (800) 374-6521 and visit http://www.elkmountainlodge.com. This deal is available April 1 through April 14, 2013.

To save on flights, hotel rooms, vacation packages, car rentals and more, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association reservation hotline at (888) 559-0841 or go to http://book.GunnisonCrestedButte.com. For destination information, call (800) 814-8893 or visit http://www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com.

Nestled in a valley with nearly two million acres of pristine, mountainous wilderness, Gunnison-Crested Butte has a prime location in southwest Colorado. Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and more. Fair-weather activities include mountain biking, hiking, wildflower and wildlife viewing, climbing, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding. Year-round visitors enjoy distinctive restaurants, locally-owned shops, stimulating cultural opportunities and festivals galore ranging from the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival and Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days to Crested Butte Bike Week and Gunnison Car Show weekend.

Along a 31-mile stretch of wide-open vistas and stunning scenery, visitors can explore Gunnison, Almont, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte and connect with the quaint and historic burgs of Pitkin, Gothic, Tin Cup, Marble, Powderhorn and Crystal, also located in Gunnison County. Gunnison and Crested Butte, both founded in 1880, are known for their Victorian-era charm, friendly Western hospitality and free-spirited nature. Almont is a fishing, rafting and rock climbing mecca, and the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte is home to renowned Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Visitors also can explore Curecanti National Recreation Area, home to Colorado’s largest body of water, and the nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Gunnison County is part of the West Elk Loop and Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byways.

Air service to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) for the 2012-2013 winter season is provided by American Airlines and United Airlines with direct flights from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH) and Denver (DEN). Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is another option that offers additional nonstop jet service to the area, with direct flights on Allegiant Air from Phoenix, Ariz. (IWA) and Oakland, Calif. (OAK).

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