Crested Butte is Ready for the Weekend!


Hi All and Happy Friday!  Today’s shot is looking across the Town Ranch at Crested Butte, with Paradise Divide in the background.  We’re under clear, blue skies this morning, with a fifty-percent chance of heavy rain this afternoon.  While we saw rain showers (some of them heavy) yesterday, much of the day was warm and sunny—great for getting out biking or hiking in the high country.

Don’t forget that this evening is another Pedal & Groove installment at Crested Butte Mountain Resort!  From 4:30 to 7:00, the Red Lady Express Lift is free for bikers, hikers and scenic riders (you still have to stop by the ticket office and get a ticket, though).  When you’re done playing, enjoy a refreshing beverage, dinner specials and live music from the Salem Band on the Butte 66 deck.  The Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival, Cattlemen’s Days and the Wildflower Festival are running through the weekend, as well. And, of course, Crested Butte and the Gunnison Country have all of the biking, jeeping, motorcycling, hiking, fishing, camping, climbing, golfing and beautiful days of summer that a person could want, so come on up and check it out.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

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The Summer Events Season is in Full Swing!

Buttians are looking out on partly cloudy skies following rain showers in the dark hours of this damp Wednesday morning.  The forecast is calling for a sixty-percent chance of heavy rain during the middle of the afternoon and a high temp in the mid seventies.


Columbines are one of the many wildflowers in bloom around Crested Butte right now—I found these in the aspens near the top of Warming House Hill at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  The wildflowers will be drinking in the seasonal afternoon rain showers, making them particularly radiant for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival going on this week.  Don’t forget that it’s Cattlemen’s Days in Gunnison through the 13th, either.  Tonight’s installment of Live! From Mt. Crested Butte free concert series starts at 5:30pm on the Red Lady stage in the resort’s base area and features Halden Wofford and The High Beams—a Dylan and the Dead tribute band.  If you would rather race than relax, check out this evening’s Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race Series at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, as well.  Click here for event info.  It’ll be interesting to see how this evening’s activities fit in with the predicted weather, but hopefully we get an early evening break from the moisture to enjoy it all.  Have a great day out there and we’ll do it again tomorrow.

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Bluegrass in Paradise at Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Apologies . . . I’m adapting to some new levers and buttons on the back end of my blog and managed to not pull the correct lever to make yesterday’s post “post.”  But here goes, 24 hours late . . . Tuesday’s shots are from the Bluegrass in Paradise music festival over the weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Festival goers enjoyed several bands, including Yarn, Shannon Whitworth and Drew Emmitt & the Paradise All-Star Band in the base area at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Kids 12 and under, tent camping and the musician workshops were free . . .  if you didn’t make it this year, put it on your list for next summer.


It seems a little early to me (feels like it’s only been summer for a couple of weeks now), but we’re already slipping into our typical mid-to-late summer weather pattern.  Monday began cool with blue skies that saw white, fluffy clouds start to build in the late morning and continue into the early afternoon.  As temps rose during the day, so did the cloud tops until mid afternoon when the winds kicked up, soaking showers fell and thunder rumbled across the skies.  While describing it as “monsoonal” moisture sounds so overdone (it’s Colorado, not the Serengeti), it looks like our summer afternoon mountain rains are already here– the forecast promises more of the same the rest of the week.  The moisture will be welcome . . . just plan your activities accordingly.

Have a really fun day out there—don’t forget the sunblock for the early part of the day and the rain jacket for the afternoon.  See you tomorrow.

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Posted July 9, 2014 by robbpennie in Uncategorized

Independence Day Weekend in Crested Butte!

Wow, what a 4th of July weekend in Crested Butte!  From the endless events to the wide variety of entertainment, to the amazing mass of humanity that descended upon the Gunnison Country . . . it was a bunch of fun and a plenty nutty– an excellent time in CB.  I was stuck in the office for much of the holiday, but my wife was at the parade on Friday and snapped a few pics to share the Buttian Independence Day menagerie on Elk Avenue.  While I haven’t seen a total visitor count for the weekend, Crested Butte’s main drag was packed several deep with parade-goers taking it all in.

While the day’s worth of events and activities in CB was beyond impressive, the 4th fireworks at Crested Butte Mountain Resort were the best I’ve seen in years—maybe ever at this end of the valley!  I watched them from a party in town and kept hearing people around me say, “Wow—this must be the grand finale” in response to the impressive display, but the barrage of sky rockets just kept going and going.  It was very cool. 

So everything that I’ve seen and heard about the past few days around Crested Butte leads me to believe that that every nook and cranny of the valley was saturated with visitors.  From the bike trails on the mountain being busy to the point that you were having to regularly get off the trail to make way for other users, to every flat spot along Cement Creek Road having a tent set up on it to just the sheer volume of vehicle traffic on Gothic Road, Elk Avenue and Highway 135 . . . it was unreal.  Thank you all very much for coming—I hope you had a very good time!  At the same time, I also hope that if it felt it a little busier/crowded/overwhelming than what you had expected, please come back to Crested Butte just about any other time during the summer or fall to get a more laid-back, uncrowded and more typical experience here. 

Have a great start to the week, check out the free Alpenglow concert this evening on the lawn at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts and we’ll see you tomorrow. 

Posted July 7, 2014 by robbpennie in Crested Butte Shot of the Day

Happy 4th of July from Crested Butte!

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Hi All and Happy Independence Day!  Today’s first shots are an appetizer for what’s to come later today . . . predictions are for CB to be stuffed with visitors taking in the festivities at this end of the valley.  I keep hearing different forecasts for how many people will be in town for the parade (16,000-17,000 give or take), but be sure to build in extra time for parking and making your way around so that you don’t end up late for the fun.


Friday’s second shot is looking over Crested Butte at Paradise Divide last evening.  Not too bad for high-mountain scenery, is it?  Today’s forecast is showing a fifty-percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and a high of 77 degrees, so you may want to keep a rain jacket in your pack today.  Scroll back a few posts if you’re looking for today’s events schedule—have an excellent 4th and we’ll see you next week!

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Busy Days in the Base at Crested Butte Mountain Resort


Thursday’s shots are scenes from around the base area yesterday.  Our first pic is from Wednesday evening’s Live from Mt. CB! concert series . . . the concerts are free and a great way for the family to spend a mid-week evening in the mountains.  Whether you’re into it for the music, the chance to picnic with the family or catch up with friends while the kids entertain themselves with their friends on the lawn or in the Adventure Park (or maybe you’ll enjoy a combination of all three), it’s a nice scene.  This week’s scheduled act’s transportation broke down on the way to CB, so a local act filled in.  Looks like next week it’ll be Halden Wofford and The High Beams (a Dylan and Grateful Dead tribute band), so plan on checking it out!


Today’s next shot is of the Crested Butte Music Festival’s kids’ music camps that have been happening in the base area this week.  Sitting in the shade and learning music on sunny days in the mountains . . . is there a better way to do it?


Today’s parting shot is looking over the Lupine at Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s base area.  The wildflowers are kicking into high gear these days and growing more beautiful by the day.  This year’s Wildflower Festival should be a really good one.


Have a groovy day out there and get rested up for Crested Butte’s Independence Day Celebration tomorrow!

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Summer’s On in Crested Butte!


Wednesday morning is starting off clear and calm, with the forecast promising mostly sunny skies and a high in the mid seventies today.  Tuesday was much the same and with blue skies and light breezes, and was about as perfect a July day in the Colorado Rocky Mountains as you could hope for.  Summer takes its sweet time to get to Crested Butte, but when it finally arrives, it’s amazing!  Today’s shot is an example of the lupine that are quite prolific on our mountainsides and meadows right now.  The wildflowers in the area are coming on strong and should be in fine form for the wildflower festival in the next couple of weeks.


Today’s second shot is of part of the base area scene yesterday.  The bungee tramp was jumpin’, the folks were getting geared up to take a run on our zip line and there also a bunch of youngsters enjoying the Crested Butte Music Festival’s music camps. I haven’t been downtown along Elk Avenue during the day lately, but I keep hearing that it’s a full-on three-ring circus and jam-packed with all kinds of people.  Attendance for the 4th parade should be humungous this year . . . plan on getting there way early if you want curb side seating and be ready for the traffic to be backed-up out to the country club if you’re coming in near the parade’s start time.  But it’s such a quintessentially Crested Butte scene that you won’t want to miss it.

To get a complete list of what’s going on Friday (and every day) in Crested Butte, you’ll want to sift through the local events calendars, newspapers and keep your ear to the ground.  But below is an overview of events to get you started.  Get out there and enjoy!   See you tomorrow.


Fourth of July in Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte

  • 6:30 a.m. FREE shuttle departs to Gothic for start of 1/3 Marathon race at the 4-way stop in Crested Butte (Elk Avenue and 6th Street)
  • 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Crested Butte Fire & EMS Department’s Pancake Breakfast at the fire station in Crested Butte
  • 8:00 a.m. 44th Annual Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3 Marathon (proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab)
  • 10:00 a.m. Food Court the Budweiser Beer Garden Open
  • 11:00 a.m. Best Parade in America!
  • 12:00 p.m. (ish and following parade) – CBMF Patriotic Brass Band, 3rd and Elk Avenue in Crested Butte
  • 1:00 p.m. Live Music, 3rd and Elk Avenue in Crested Butte
  • 2:30 p.m. Pie Eating Contest
  • 3:00 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest
  • 6:00 –  9:30 p.m. Yarn out of New York City will be throwing down Americana style music with Drew Emmitt on the Red Lady Stage -Crested Butte Mountain Resort (FREE Concert with Glow sticks, Food, Beverages and Fun for all!) – brought to by the Crested Butte Music Festival, The Chamber, Town of Mt. Crested Butte, CBMR and the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association.
  • 8:30 p.m. Announce Winner of Raffle! Last year’s winner walked with over $1,000.00 hard cold cash. Buy your tickets on the 4th!
  • 9:30 p.m. FIREWORKS! at the Base Area, Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
  • Look for more info over at, KBUT and this week’s CB News.

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