[R120R, Crested Butte] opened before Thanksgiving with some of the best conditions in recent years. As if that isn't enough reason to want to get some slope time in over the holidays, check out the lift and lodging packages the resort is offering through the period.

How about a four-night family ski vacation to a western resort for under a grand?

The package, for under $1,000, covers four nights lodging in the Grand Lodge and three days skiing or riding for two adults and two children ages 17 or younger. The package is good Dec. 17-26 and must be booked by Dec. 18. The lodge is within easy walking distance of the slopes and lifts.

The Elevation Hotel & Spa, just steps from the lifts, is offering every second night at half-off from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1. Two people can enjoy three nights lodging and two days of skiing/riding for $652; $326 per person at the Nordic Inn, from Dec. 18-25. Follow the link below for all lodging packages.

The resort is offering a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour Dec. 21 with a snowcat ride to the top of the Red Lady Express lift. You then snowshoe down scenic moonlit trails back to the base. The cost is $75 per person, and reservations are required.

Crested Butte will be celebrating New Year's Eve in style with a torchlight parade down the slopes in early evening followed by a fireworks display over the slopes; early enough for the little ones to enjoy.

The Nordic Center is hosting its popular New Year's Eve Yurt Dinner where you cross country ski or snowshoe back to the yurt in Magic Meadows. The dinner, prepared by Maxwells, drinks and live entertainment is $85 per person and begins at 7 p.m. A second wave to see the New Year in begins at 10 p.m. and includes drinks and music for $25 per person. Call the number listed below for reservations

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. The offer is valid for travel between Dec. 16 and April 3.

More information Or call 970-349-1707