CRESTED BUTTE, CO. – January 11 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has received the most snowfall in the state from a seemingly never ending January storm, for a new total of 90 inches/7.5 feet in 10 days. To put it into perspective, that's just one inch shy of University of Central Florida basketball phenom, and NBA hopeful, Tacko Fall's full height of 7 feet 6 inches. Yeah. That's a lot of snow.
Due to the extremely heavy and wet snow and the rate at which it was falling, the resort was forced to close early on Monday, Jan. 9, a first in recent history. It was undoubtedly the right call. CBMR re-opened to eager skiers and riders bright and early Tuesday morning, Jan. 10 and has remained open since with unbelievable conditions.
"The safety of our guests and the employees here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort comes first and foremost,” said Resort spokeswoman Erica Mueller. “But we’re up and running and everyone is having a blast out there."

So far 2017 looks to be a phenomenal year for CBMR; the resort has received 90 inches of snow since Jan. 2. The most recent storm cycle delivered 43 inches (since Jan. 8) for a total of 197 inches of snow to date. The resort has an 87-inch base.
With the abundant snowfall, the resort welcomes the opening of over half of its 542 acres of Extreme Terrain, including Headwall, Paradise Cliffs and Teo Bowl off of the High Lift, and The Glades to the North Face to Hawk's Nest off of the North Face Lift. The remainder of CBMR's revered Extreme Terrain is expected to open soon, including Phoenix and Spellbound. Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Patrol has been working around the clock to ensure that all terrain is safe to ski and avalanche mitigation is under control; once they have a window of high pressure, they will be able to expand their control work into the remaining extreme terrain. Ninety five of the resorts 121 runs are open.
Along with the snow, there’s no shortage of quirky and downright fun events on tap at the Butte, from costume-clad women arm wrestling competitions to the Big Gay Ski Trip and Fat Tuesday.
Notable upcoming events include:
• The Mountain High Music Festival, slated for Jan. 11-15.
• The Fat Bike World Championships, slated for Jan. 26-29.
• Female arm wrestling Jan. 28 in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square.
• A Superbowl celebration at Butte 66 on Feb. 5.
• The Big Gay Ski Trip returns to town Feb. 9-12.
• The ever-popular Full Moon parties, where you work for your dinner and drinks by skinning or snowshoeing up the mountain, are slated for Feb. 10 (and March 12).
• CB Unplugged, a popular free concert series at Butte 66, welcomes indie-folk pop band the Shook Twins Feb. 11.
• Hunker down with a hurricane and celebrate Mardi Gras at Butte 66 on Feb. 28.
Now through March 9, CBMR's Ski Free, Stay Free package features a free night of lodging and free day of skiing with a three or more night stay; book now at






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