It’s been 50 years since the lifts began turning at Mt. Crested Butte, and those wooden-ski, leather-boot pioneers would hardly recognize the place now.

The latest innovation on the slopes of [R120R, Crested Butte Mountain Resort] is the Zipline Tour that will operate in summer, fall and winter seasons. The non-skiing activity uses the Peachtree lift to get to the top of the first of five zip lines, 200 to 300 feet in length. At the junction of each cable are features, such a suspended wood bridges and towering platforms. The tour, which is conducted by guides, takes 1-1/2 to two hours to complete.

The price for a zipline ticket is $59 per person. Riders get a safety orientation and harness fitting at the base before riding the chairlift up the hill.

Other upgrades and additions for the 2011/2012 season at Crested Butte include renovations to the mid-mountain Paradise Warming House, a new fleet of demo skis and learn-to-ride snowboards from Burton.

In addition to these capital improvements, the resort continues to work with 13 other ski areas in the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge. The program requires members to reduce energy consumption by two percent for five years in a row, with 2008 consumption as the baseline. In June, the resort won recognition from Gov. John Hickenlooper and his Energy Office for cutting energy use by 18.9 percent during the 2010/2011 season.

For more information on winter activities at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, click here.