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Downhill Skiing in Historic Crested Butte

Program Number: 16971RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/3/2013 - 3/8/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Crested Butte, Colorado
Price starting at: $1,148.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Winter Sports Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

A quaint, old mining town in southwest Colorado, Crested Butte is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Nearly 1,200 acres of groomed powder lie within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Crested Butte receives an average of 300 inches of snow per year and has more than 50 percent of its trails marked for intermediate skiers. On the slopes, skiing experts discuss avalanche awareness, winter weather in the Rockies and share tips to improve your skiing technique.




Highlights

• Ski with similar-ability small groups through the amazing groomed and powder runs.
• Local experts guide groups around the mountain, maximizing the ski experience and giving tips to enhance your skills.
• Study the area’s geology and natural history, and experience Crested Butte’s charming downtown — one of Colorado’s largest National Historic Districts.



Activity Particulars

For intermediate skiers. Elevations of 8,000-12,000 feet.



Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.




Crested Butte

Born during the Colorado silver mining boom, Crested Butte survived the end of the silver rush thanks to its ranching and supply industries, unlike many similar municipalities destined to become ghost towns. Today it combines the history of buildings from its Wild West days with the thrill of a spectacular modern ski resort on its snowy peaks.



Accommodations
Cozy in-town B&B with free shuttle to ski area.
Meals and Lodgings
   Cristiana Guesthaus
  Crested Butte, CO 5 nights
 Cristiana Guesthaus
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: Cristiana Guesthaus, a cozy bed and breakfast lodge, is the perfect lodging choice for your Crested Butte vacation both for summer and winter. Conveniently located just one block north of Elk Avenue and the main business district, the lodge is a short walk to shops and restaurants and about 50 yards from the free shuttle to Crested Butte Mountain and to the Nordic ski center. Hiking and mountain biking trails are also easily accessible.
  Contact info: 621 Maroon Avenue
Crested Butte, CO 81224 USA
phone: 970-349-5326
web: www.cristianaguesthaus.com
  Room amenities: 21 comfortable rooms, phones wireless, Internet access, private bathrooms with hair dryers. Pillowtop beds are furnished with triple sheeted duvets and down pillows. The rooms do not have televisions although there is a TV in the upstairs sitting area.
  Facility amenities: The lodge also has a sauna and bike/ski storage and a guest computer with high speed Internet access is available. For the comfort of our guests smoking is not permitted in the lodge or the guest rooms and we do not accept pets. On the north side of the lodge our outdoor hot tub offers a great spot to unwind with its beautiful views of Crested Butte Mountain and the Elk Mountain Range, whilst the south facing sundeck is an ideal place to watch the sun set over town. Each morning we serve a generous continental breakfast featuring our homemade granola and muesli, fresh fruit with yogurt, and a delicious selection of freshly baked pastries such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, homemade scones and muffins, along with juices, freshly ground coffee, a selection of Celestial Seasonings teas, hot chocolate and spiced cider. Guests may also help themselves to complimentary hot beverages throughout the day. During ski season we set out freshly baked cookies for a tempting apres ski treat.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call lodge for information Call lodge for reservations
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call lodge for information Call lodge for reservations
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive and check-in by 4:00 pm. Required orientation at 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Cristiana Guesthaus that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Room check-out is 10:00 am. You will be staying at Cristiana Guesthaus the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Acknowledgement of Risk Form
  Parking availability:
On site, no charge
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Crested Butte, CO
  Nearest city or town:  Gunnison, CO
  Nearest highway: US. Hwy 50
  Nearest airport:  Gunnison, CO
  From End of Program
  Location: Crested Butte, CO
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Crested Butte

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alpine Express
phone: 800-822-4844

   

Gateway Airport: Gunnison (GUC) via Denver (DEN) Alpine Express shuttles meet every flight and provide door-to-door service between Gunnison Airport and Crested Butte. Reservations required.

 
Driving Directions
  Denver to Crested Butte Crested Butte is 231 miles southwest of Denver. From Denver take US HWY 285 South to Poncha Springs/Salida. Go West on US Highway 50 over Monarch pass to Gunnison. In Gunnison go North on CO Highway 135 to Crested Butte. Continue on HWY 135 as you enter the town limits, Maroon Avenue will be on your right across from the Town Hall and the lodge is about ˝ block on the left side of Maroon Avenue. There is no charge for parking outside the Guesthaus.
Elevation Note: 8,000 to 12,000 feet; Ski area information: www.skicb.com

Equipment Requirements: Good clothing for very cold skiing weather, ski helmets strongly recommended
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in and Orientation
(Sunday, March 3)

Note: Crested Butte has a lot to offer in the summer, winter and in-between. The mountain scenery is spectacular and recreational opportunities are endless. Crested Butte is known as "Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town." Crested Butte Mountain Ski Resort is just minutes from town on the free shuttle bus. Stroll down the streets and alleys and enjoy the historic buildings, most of which date back to the late 1800’s when Crested Butte was a bustling coal mining town.



   
 Arrive To: Check-in for the Guesthaus is Monday, anytime after 3:00 pm. Instructions will be available at check-in as to when and where to meet for dinner. A required orientation meeting for Road Scholar will be held after dinner, where daily itinerary sheets will be handed out.
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Required orientation
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Monday, March 4)

Note: The mountain, Crested Butte, rises to 12,162 feet (3,707 m) above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet (2,858 m). 14 lifts serve 1,058 acres (4.28 km2) of terrain. 121 runs: 23% beginner, 57% intermediate, 20% advanced/expert; 448 acres (1.81 km2) of the terrain are double black runs. The longest run on Mount Crested Butte is 2.6 miles (4.2 km) long.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining.
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Restaurant Meal
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week.
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Tuesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Dinner on own to sample varied restaurants of Crested Butte
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Wednesday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Skiing-lift tickets provided
(Thursday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
 Morning: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Lunch: Vouchers will be provided for on mountain dining
 Afternoon: Downhill skiing, group guided or individually
 Dinner: Restaurant meal
 Evening: Most evenings are free, two evening programs will be scheduled during the week
   
Accommodations: Cristiana Guesthaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departures after breakfast, check-out 10 am
(Friday, March 8)
   
 Depart From: Independent departures after breakfast
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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