Afternoon Showers Return to the High Country

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Wednesday’s shot is from Tuesday evening, looking up, into Mt. Crested Butte backed by White Rock Mountain veiled in rain.  Tuesday’s sun and clear skies gave way to afternoon showers . . . today is forecasted for heavy afternoon rains and thunderstorms.  Hopefully the foul weather moves through before this evening’s of Live! From Mt. Crested Butte free concert series featuring the acoustic stylings of country performer Hayes Carll at 5:30pm on the Red Lady stage.  Have an excellent day and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Posted August 13, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Keeping it Happy and Bright at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Tuesday’s shot is of some particularly happy looking flowers on a cloudy afternoon near the top of the Painter Boy and Gold Link lifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Like yesterday, we have a decent chance for thundershowers this afternoon.  Keep your eyes to the skies (and your rain jacket handy) if you’re heading out to the backcountry to play today.  Have a good one and we’ll catch you tomorrow.

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Colorful Crested Butte

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We’re easing into another workweek in Crested Butte this morning with a shot that I found this weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  This riot of pinkish-purple flowers is still crankin’ on the color and looking great.  If you’re heading out to hunt up some wildflower meadows for yourself today, heads-up for the forty-percent of afternoon of scattered thunderstorms in the forecast.  But this morning we’re under clear blue skies and breathing cool mountain air . . . feels like perfect weather for a mountain bike ride, so that’s where I’m headed.  Have a really good day, don’t forget to check out the free Alpenglow concert this evening on the Center for the Arts outdoor stage and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Elk Avenue Morning in Crested Butte

Hi All and Happy Friday! Today’s shot is taking in a rare quiet moment along Elk Avenue on an early Crested Butte morning . . . the hanging flowers baskets that grace the sidewalks have been really pretty this summer. I call the quiet “rare” because I’m still surprised by how many visitors continue to enjoy CB this early August. It used to be that the arts fair signaled the end of the summer season and a bit of slowing down, but both in town and at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, there is no sense of quiet that I’ve noticed. Guests are still here, enjoying all that Crested Butte has to offer, and the place still has a good, active/busy vibe to it. The Crested Butte Music Festival has Gypsy Jazz in Paradise happening this weekend with various concerts and music workshop. If you’re looking for something a little more active (grueling), check out the Paradise Divide Loop Run that’ll be out on #403, Paradise Divide Road and #401 on Sunday morning. Might want to keep that in mind if you’re heading out to pedal #401, as well . . . it’ll probably be pretty congested during the event.

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Today’s forecast looks great, with mostly sunny skies and a high in the low seventies. The chance of thunderstorms a little for Sunday and early next week, but overall it should be great weather for getting out on the Gunnison Country. Enjoy the weekend and we’ll see you next week.

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Beautiful Days on the High Country

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Thursday morning finds Crested Butte looking out at partly cloudy skies with temps headed for the low seventies after an overnight low of forty degrees.  Thursday’s first shot, from about where the top unload of the Keystone triple chair used to be, pretty much sums up what a beautiful day it was around CB . . . blue skies overhead, puffy white clouds in the distance and a cool breeze made it feel like there was just a touch of fall in the air.

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Thursday’s second shot is of some Showy Daisies along Cement Creek Road that my daughter and I came across on our motorcycle ride last evening.  Talk about high-country gorgeous out there—lush green mountainsides from all the rain, sprinkled with colorful wildflowers . . . it was really pretty.

If you’re getting ready for a Crested Butte visit, here’s what’s happening at Crested Butte Mountain Resort over the next week or so.  The archery event on the 17th looks interesting—check it out!

Thursday, August 7th

  • High Country Cookout at Ten Peaks

o   Reservations are required and can be made by Mountain Concierge located at the Adventure Center located in Mountaineer Square or by calling 970-349-4554.

o   Barbeque dinner with live mountain music by Craig and Lizzy at Ten Peaks: BBQ pulled pork, BBQ chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, fruit cobbler, salad and cornbread!

  • Children under 5 are free, children under 12 are $12, and ages 12+ are $25. 

 

Sunday, August 10th

  • Gypsy Jazz Brunch at Ten Peaks

o   10:30 AM, $65

o   Purchase tickets here: https://tickets.crestedbuttemusicfestival.org:444/CBMFEventsCalendar.aspx

o   “Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row is the Gypsy Jazz In Paradise brunch on Aug. 10. Take in spectacular panoramic views, savor a gourmet brunch, and enjoy a swinging, foot-tapping performance by Ben Powell and The Black Market Trust at Ten Peaks, near the top of the Gold Link Lift on Crested Butte Mountain Resort.”

Wednesday, August 13th

  • Pilates with Kenny

o   $5, cash only

o   Red Lady Stage at 12:15 PM

o   45 minute, fun, open level class

o   Bring a mat if you have one!

  • Live! From Mt. CB Concert Series- Hayes Carll (Country)

o   Free concert at Red Lady Stage in the Base Area

o   5:30- 7:30 PM

o   Food and drinks for sale, cash only

o   No dogs, no outside alcohol

Friday, August 15th

  • Pedal and Groove at Butte 66

o   Free twilight lift rides 4:30-7 PM

o   CJ Conway plays a free show on the deck from 5:30-7:30

Sunday, August 17th

  • West Elk Archers High Mountain 3D Shoot

o   www.skicb.com/archery

o   Schedule:

  • Registration opens at 8:30 AM in the middle level of the Treasury building
  • Course opens at 9:00 AM
  • Scorecards Due at 2:30 PM
  • Awards party at Butte 66 around 3:00 PM

o   Categories: (prices include lift ticket)

  • Open Men ($30)
  • Open Women ($30)
  • Bowhunter Women ($30)
  • Bowhunter Men ($30)
  • Traditional Women ($30)
  • Traditional Men ($30)
  • Junior (Ages 13-17, $15)
  • Youth (Ages 7-12, $15)
  • Cub (Ages 6 and Under, FREE!)

o   Medals will be awarded to the top 3 archers in each category and there will be free raffle prizes for all participants. All prices include chairlift access for participants.

o   Three different Money Shots will be set up for Open, Bowhunter and Traditional categories. Take your best shot for a chance to win the cash purse! 3 shots for $5, no limit.

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Done with the Rains for a While?

14-08-06_buttecloudsWednesday’s shots are from Tuesday morning around Crested Butte. Low clouds and rain showers hung in the valley until early afternoon when blue skies pushed the clouds away. This morning the Gunnison Country is under clear skies with the temp climbing toward the upper sixties after finding an overnight low around 40 degrees. If you’re looking for a break from the August heat in your neck of the woods, you know where to come.

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The Crested Butte forecast is showing a bit of relief from the seasonal rains we’ve seen over the past few weeks. Today is predicted to be mostly sunny throughout (which will be very nice for this evening’s free Live! from Mt. Crested Butte Concert [Birds of Chicago will be taking the Red Lady Stage at 5:30pm] and the last installment of this summer’s Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race Series) so get out and enjoy it! Have a really good day.

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Rain and Flowers in the Gothic Valley

I found Tuesday’s shots while my wife and I were trying to get in a bike ride Monday morning before the rains began for the day.  We were headed for #401, and while the gray clouds moving through just above the peaks made our goal seem at least a little over-optimistic, Gothic road was dry, there was no rain falling and no sounds of thunder in the distance, so we kept going.  Passing Emerald Lake, it was “game over,” though, as rain showers moved in and intensified to the point where the road was getting muddy by the time we reached the top of Schofield Pass.  With moisture like that, #401 would be transformed from one of the most incredible ribbons of single track anywhere to a greasy, side-hilling, slip-and-slide . . . not my cup of tea.  We reluctantly turned around and headed back down the road.  What really bummed me out were the riders we met who looked like they were still headed for the trail . . . keeping off the single track around CB when it’s muddy is key to its sustainability.  Once we were on the valley floor headed back for CB, we could see that the entire upper end of the valley was closed in behind a dark curtain of rain—the folks still up there were getting drenched.

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I have a bit of a retraction to make in that yesterday’s post I mentioned that the wild flowers were winding down.  The Gothic corridor evidently didn’t get the message, as there are still some beautiful late-season wildflower meadows that are quite lovely.  Today’s first shot is looking south, over the flowers, at a socked-in-by-rain Crested Butte Mountain and the second shot of flowers has a cloud-capped Mt. Baldy in the background.

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Have a really good day out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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