A skier’s paradise is in store for those that visit Crested Butte, Colorado.  The last ski town in Colorado is 4 hours from Denver, and 3 scenic hours from both Colorado Springs and Grand Junction; and offers a tranquil escape to reconnect with both nature and the entire family. I have been there – and the scenery is phenomenal!


A pleasant change of pace from escaping the cold and heading to “St. Somewhere”, Crested Butte is every bit as relaxing as it is exciting.  Adventure junkies can tackle any number of ski resorts that line this wonderful little town, while nature lovers can sit and marvel at some of the most serene snow-cap mountains anywhere in the world.  Yes, the holidays are here, and the people at Gunnison Crested Butte, Colorado have every intention on making this holiday season one to remember.

Currently Gunnison is offering Thanksgiving and Christmas deals for families, friends and couples alike. If your vacation ranges December 26, 2008 – January 3, 2008, the fifth night is free.  Ranging from hotel suites to four bedroom condos, you can save up to $1138; not to mention up to 20% on your equipment rentals. Though skiing seems like the main winter sport here, they also offer boarding, Nordic, Sno Shoeing, Ice fishing, Ice Skating, Ice Hockey, tubing, dog sledding and an array of educational and recreational children’s’ activities. 

If this has peaked your interest, the ‘Stay & Ski Free’ promotion is offered with a number of their fabulous lodges.  That’s two free lift tickets for every night you stay; and the places to choose from to rest your head after tackling the white powder are premier. I spoke to the tourism board to find out what the best deals around were – and after my own investigation, this is what I have found:The Ruby, a luxurious Bed & Breakfast starts at just $60 per night including breakfast to get your day started and free shuttle bus to one of the best mountains in Colorado, Crested Butte Mountain Resort. 

After a long day of swooshing around in the snow, come to your holiday home and receive an in-house massage with your 20% discount. Another homey type hotel is the Water Wheel Inn, here you can take full advantage of the ‘stay and ski free’ offer, You can marvel at some of the most spectacular views from any turn of the resort.  From Blue Mesa Reservoir to the rock walls of Black Canyon, this resort captures the ‘postcard’ image of what a ski vacation should be.  One of the best parts of this vacation was what happens after nightfall. 

With its wide open skies, the stars put on a light show that gives some July 4 fireworks celebration a run for there money.  If this wasn’t enough, you can enjoy the whole show while soaking the night away in one of the hot tubs; quite frankly, the best part of the vacation for me!Staying with the theme, another lodge to consider when out in ski country is the Elk Mountain Lodge. 

Old world elegance meets modern day comfort in this 1880s miner’s lodge in downtown Crested Butte.  Whether it’s a full skiing experience or a quiet getaway for two, the Elk Mountain Lodge offers the perfect balance.  Along with your amazing mountain views, you also get breakfast and two lift tickets.  $125 is the price for both you and your companion.  Everything needed for a nice nature loving vacation can be found at the Elk Mountain Lodge.Along with receiving a chance to ski some of the best mountains for free, there is more discounts for those that are planning on spending their next vacation out west. 

Of course, these are just two of the many resorts that are offering some out of this world savings to come out and experience Crested Butte; an outdoor adventure where nature’s artistry is your playground.  A place to ski, get a muscle relaxing massage and enjoy a nice warm hot tub all while allowing your senses to be at one with your surroundings. The ‘Stay & Ski Free’ offers are going on right now; get out and take full advantage of it.