Crested Butte turns 50 this season and is celebrating the anniversary with an early season special.

Lift tickets will be 50-percent off and lodging rates will be $50 per person, based on double occupancy in the Grand Lodge or quad occupancy in a two bedroom Plaza or Gateway condo from opening day, Nov. 23 through Dec. 16.  Follow the link below to book a package.

Friends & Family Fly Free is also back this winter.  Book a Crested Butte vacation for three or more people and every third airline ticket is free.  Fly nonstop to Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport on American, United, or Continental Airlines from Denver, Dallas, or Houston. For more information on the plan, call the number listed below.  The offer is valid for travel between Dec.16 and April 3.

Crested Butte offers something for all comers, especially families.  Since 2004 the resort has created a new base area village, added more family-friendly lodging, expanded the terrain park system, added a halfpipe, and expanded the lift system.  The base area Adventure Park for kids offers wintertime activities like bungee jumping, a climbing tower, ice skating, a lift-served tubing hill and snow igloos.

The famed double-black runs in Teocalli Bowl and Extreme Limits are well known and appreciated by those looking for steep, deep and gnarly.

Opening day is less than six weeks away and snow has already fallen on the Butte.  It's not too early to start making your winter plans.  The snow sports season is just around the corner.

More information. 800-810-7669