Tuesday started out with low layers of clouds sliding about the valley, letting in the sun here, offering a snow shower there. The snow level had crept down to between 8,500 and 9,000 feet. By mid day the clouds had risen enough to let more patches of sun through, drying off the streets and sidewalks. Late afternoon saw rain showers move back into the area and continue until after dark. Today’s shots are of the clouds clinging to the side of GothicMountain and Mt. Crested Butte with the recently pasted WhiterockMountain just peeking through the clouds in the background.
With our ninety-percent chance for rain and snow today, it should be another good one for watching the weather move across the valley your favorite chair pulled up next to the fire. If only . . . huh? Have a good one, regardless.
Tuesday’s shot is looking across the Silver Queen Express lift at the 12,162’ peak of Crested Butte Mountain. The snow and rain are forecasted to continue through the week as we continue to ride out a May that has been feeling more like April than June. Things will start feeling all summery at some point, but probably not this week. Keep smiling out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
Good Morning to everyone checking in on Crested Butte today. We’re sitting at 34 degrees this morning, with overcast skies and the forecast calling for a high of 51 degrees and an 80-percent chance of rain. Predictions for the rest of the week look much the same, with the chance for rain and snow backing off a bit each day. But at this point, it’s looking like a good day to keep your rain coat near by.
Today’s shot is looking across the base area at Crested Butte Mountain Resort . . . the melt is well underway. Considering the snow we received this winter, it’s impressive that there is still this much frozen whiteness sitting around the ski area and upper end of the valley. It’s as much a testament to the wintry temps we saw well into March as it is to the snow we received in April. While most folks are ready for more summery weather, this drawn-out spring will no doubt be good for the coming summer’s wildflowers.
Have a really good start to the week out there and we’ll see you tomorrow.
This rig parked on Elk Avenue caught my eye the other evening. If there’s a quintessential twenty-something local’s spring rig, this would be it, with the mountain bike, paddle racked on top of a rig that is ready to roll to where ever the action is good. I hope you’re heading for a fun weekend out there—have a good one!
Thursday’s shots are of the cat crew working on plowing out Silver Queen Road, just below the ski patrol headquarters building on the upper mountain. While it’s not uncommon to see deeper cuts at the end of the ski season, with this winter’s more seasonal temps, the snow pack has held up really well all over the mountain at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The roads are plowed so that they melt out more quickly and allow mountain crews to get on the hill and prep for summer operations as soon as possible. With summer operations commencing on June 15th, that’s only six weeks away . . . it’ll be here in no time!
Yes, a particularly happy May if you would like some more practice with your frost scraper and winter driving skills. Looks like we an inch or two of new and it’s still coming down like it means it out there. Today’s shot is of the different layers of clouds swirling around CrestedButteMountain in the morning light.
Any moisture is good moisture . . . any moisture is good moisture . . . any moisture is good moisture . . .
Despite all the rumors that it wouldn’t be happening until the big rumor (the ski resort sells) comes to fruition, the local rumor mill/off-season think tank appears to have been out-foxed once again. Below is a press release with next season’s new pass pricing, and you might want to check it out, cause it’s a whole new deal . . . which of course means that the new buyers for the resort insisted that the Muellers change things up, right? Enjoy the May freshies!
NEW CRESTED BUTTE PEAK PASS ONLY $599
Unlimited skiing & riding all winter long
MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – April 30 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has officially announced its pass pricing for the 2013-2014 winter season. After considerable analysis, the resort has decided to completely restructure their previous pass pricing model. The resort is now offering the
Peak Pass with prices for adult passes starting at $599. The Peak Pass includes unlimited skiing and riding at the resort with no blackout dates and guests can upgrade to the Peak Pass+
to include Adventure Park access and 2014 summer lift access. As part of the restructure, the resort is also planning on eliminating many of their previous Mountain Card and limited-use products.
“We are hoping that this new pass strategy will really get the market excited about skiing and riding in Crested Butte,” says Ethan Mueller, vice president and general manager of CBMR. “It’s about getting new people to the resort and returning guests to come visit more often.”
The Peak Pass is available at the listed rates May 1 through September 27, 2013. Other perks of the Peak Pass include four Buddy Tickets for every Adult and 70+ passholder. Prices for the Buddy Tickets start at $35 each and vary throughout the season based on the day of use. The full listing of Buddy Ticket prices can be found online at http://www.skicb.com/buddyticket.
In addition, guests can upgrade to the Peak Pass+ for $150 for ages seven and older and $100 for children six and under, to include Adventure Park and summer 2014 lift access, as well as resort discounts. The Peak Pass upgrade is available at this price point until July 31, 2013.
Peak Pass Pricing:*
Young Adult (13-17) $299
Child (7-12) $199
6 & Under FREE
Peak Pass+ Upgrade:*
Young Adult (13-17) $150
Child (7-12) $150
6 & Under $100
* Rates do not include the 4% Mt. Crested Butte Admissions tax.
** College passholders receive a total of 2 Buddy Tickets each.
“For years we tried custom designing a variety of pass products to meet the unique needs of every guest, but the new Peak Pass is designed to give each guest more skiing,” adds Scott Clarkson, vice president of sales and marketing for the resort. “At $599 and with no lift lines or traffic to get here, this has got to be the best value in Colorado skiing.”
The 2013-2014 Peak Pass and Peak Pass+ go on sale Wednesday, May 1 through September 27, 2013 and can be purchased online at http://www.skicb.com/seasonpass or at the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square. For more information visit http://www.skicb.com/599 or call Skier Services at 970-349-2211.
Tuesday’s shot of high winds raking snow off the peak of Crested Butte Mountain. It’s still and white and wintry world on the upper mountain.