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Top 10 Ways for Guys to Unplug & Recharge in Gunnison-Crested Butte


Extreme to mild adventure a highlight in these Colorado mountain towns 

GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (February 20, 2009)  Guys can give it all they’ve got or take a more laidback approach when visiting Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colo., this winter.  Consider these 10 reasons why guys can unplug and recharge in this sportsmen’s paradise, located in the heart of the Rockies in southwest Colorado, and why they’ll keep coming back for more.


1.  The skiing & snowboarding rock

Inspire your passion for adventure on Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s legendary extreme terrain or get your fill on beginner to advanced slopes that cover 1,167 acres and include 121 trails.  Try some tricks at the new intermediate terrain park or on the legendary superpipe and the latest features at the DC Terrain Park.  Watch some of the most daring skiers on the planet at the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships on Feb. 18 – 22 and U. S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships on March 19 - 21.  Visit


2. Après ski is hot (and cool!)

Some of the hottest places to stop for a drink and some food mid-mountain are the Ice Bar & Restaurant and Paradise Warming House.  At the base, look no further than the club-like feel of Trackers Bar & Lounge in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, the New-York hip style of the new django’s in the Mountaineer Square Courtyard and the fun-loving Butte 66, which overlooks to slopes.  At the Ice Bar, ski up to a bar made of ice and order a drink from bartenders wearing fur coats and hats.  If you’re lucky, you might get a drink served in a shot glass made of ice.  If java is more your style, go to Camp 4 Coffee at the top of the Painter Boy lift and sit in the log chairs outside for great people watching or fill up at their location across from django’s in the courtyard.


3. Catching air … on a snowmobile

If gathering speed on a motorized sled is more your style, explore more than 55 miles of groomed and marked trails and 170 miles of single-track in Gunnison-Crested Butte.  For the advanced snowmobiler, try riding the area’s bottomless powder fields, many at 10,000 feet or higher.  To check trail reports, visit  For equipment and tours, check with Snowmobiling Action Adventures,


4. Kick it into gear on 95K groomed Nordic trails

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley is emerging as a Nordic skiing and snowshoeing hotspot.  Groomed Nordic trails now number more than 95K, backcountry routes are plentiful, and a full calendar of tours and races offer opportunities to get one of the best workouts on the planet.  Visit the and for more information.


5. Head to the backcountry

Local experts who know the backcountry like the back of their hands can show you premiere spots for off-piste alpine and telemark skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.  The Crested Butte Nordic Center,, offers half- or full-day backcountry tours on snowshoes or Nordic skis, with all tours including transportation, rentals and a guide.  Crested Butte Mountain Guides,, not only offers Nordic skiing and snowshoeing adventures in the backcountry, this well-known outfitter offers one-day and overnight trips to alpine ski or ride the powder in out-of-the-way places.


6. Take to the huts

Exploring the backcountry and staying in huts along the way is the ideal way to go on longer backcountry tours.  The Nordic Center books reservations for Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory’s Maroon Hut and Forest Queen Hut, both located in the historic mining town of Gothic.  Other backcountry hut options are the Elkton Cabins, call (970) 349-1815, and the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association’s Friends Hut, visit


7. Going to the dogs

There is nothing quite like the freedom of being pulled by a team of dogs in the thick of stunning mountain terrain capped with snow.  Dog sledding with Lucky Cat Dog Farm is one of those lifetime experiences not to be missed.  Visit for details.


8. Hit the ice for hockey

Gunnison County residents, young and old, take their hockey seriously.  Jump in on a pickup hockey game at the new indoor hockey rink in Gunnison, which next to a covered open rink in Jorgensen Park, or the outdoor rink at the Crested Butte Nordic Center.  For more information, call Gunnison Parks & Recreation at (970) 641-8060 and Crested Butte Parks & Recreation at (970) 349-5338.


9. Drop a line in Blue Mesa Reservoir

Colorado’s largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir, is located west of Gunnison and known as a place where record-breaking fish are landed.  A record 50-pound mackinaw trout was caught in May 2007.  Local fishing outfitters can steer you to prime ice fishing spots that will light up a winter day. 


10. Cap it off with local brews & great wines

Colorado is one of the nation’s microbrew hot spots, and Gunnison-Crested Butte is no exception.  Go microbrewery hopping at The Eldo in downtown Crested Butte and Gunnison Brewery in downtown Gunnison for some suds and a bite to eat.  Look for large wine lists at django’s in Mt. Crested Butte, Timberline Restaurant and Maxwell’s Steakhouse in Crested Butte, and Brick Cellar in Gunnison.


Visitor Information & Personalized Vacation Packages

To find out more about Gunnison County or to book personalized vacation packages, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free line, (800) 814-8893, or visit  The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is served year-round by United Airlines with flights from Denver and during the winter season by American Airlines with direct flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago and Delta Air Lines with direct flights from Salt Lake City and Atlanta.


About Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado

Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest Colorado.  Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.  Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor summer activities.  In the warmer months, visitors can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding.  Year-round visitors enjoy distinctive restaurants, unique shops and stimulating cultural opportunities, and have a wide range of lodging options — from rustic inns to guest cabins and bed-and-breakfasts to full-service resort hotels. 


Recognized as the “Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado Legislature and one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2008, Crested Butte is the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing heritage and home to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.  Only three miles up the road is the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, home to the ski area, an active base area, the area’s conference center, and outstanding hiking and biking trails. 


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