USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Breathtaking altitudes, treacherous climbs and 128 of the worlds best riders. It’s the most challenging race held on American soil.

Mt. Crested Butte will host the Stage 1 finish for this exciting event…

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race is on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over 2 miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The race takes place just 2 blocks from the Elk Mountain Lodge…

The Details:
Stage 1:  Salida to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte (August 23, 2011)
With a start in Salida, Colorado, racers will take a circuit through downtown Salida before heading on their way on this 102 mile course to Mt. Crested Butte.  On the first day of road racing, the cyclists will get to compete for their first King of the Mountain points.  Positioned on Monarch Pass, the King of the Mountain honor goes to the first few cyclists to reach the top of their first mountain climb, one that reaches 11,315 feet in elevation.  This first climb forces the riders to gain 3250 feet in elevation over 13 miles, and will be their first taste of the oxygen-deprived Colorado high altitude.  After this challenge, the cyclists will have two sprint lines to compete for – one in Gunnison and one near the finish line in Crested Butte.  At the sprint line, riders ride as fast as they can to reach the sprint line to gain points.  But with a sprint line so close to the finish, competitors will have to decide which line to expend their energy racing for – because both will be impossible in a finish like this one.  In this unique finish equation, the competitors in Stage 1 will close out the day on an uphill climb, from the lower area of Crested Butte to the finish line on Mt. Crested Butte – the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s only mountain top finish.

Want to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event?  Visit the USA Pro Cycling Website for the whole scoop.


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The NEW Lupine Trail

New for Summer 2011 is the Lupine Trail, located just beyond downtown Crested Butte. It doesn’t take long to figure out why this trail is named the Lupine Trail… there is lupine everywhere (see photos below, taken on July 6, 2011).

The trail is great for either hiking or biking, but hikers may want to arrange for a shuttle as cars are not allowed to park at the trailhead.

Access the trail from the Saddle Ridge subdivision culdesac off Gothic Road. No parking is permitted at the trailhead, so please respect this rule. Riding from town, take the Rec Path up towards Mt. Crested Butte. Cut over to the road when you reach Washington Gulch (there will be a short, steep shortcut on the left). Head back south on Gothic Road for just a short distance and look for the entrance to Saddle Ridge neighborhood on the right. Follow the road until it ends and you will see the start of the Lupine Trail.  You could also ride singletrack up via the Upper Loop and then catch Gothic Road to Saddle Ridge.

There is a short ascent on singletrack, and then the rest is downhill. The trail ends on Smith Hill Road. Turn left on Slate River Road and then right on Gothic to get back to town. Or turn right on Slate River Road and connect to the Lower Loop trails.

Check out the new Lupine Trail next time you are in town. You won’t be disappointed!

The New Lupine Trail in Crested Butte, Colorado

View of Crested Butte from the New Lupine TrailThe Lupine Trail, Crested Butte, ColoradoLupine, up close

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Farmer’s Market in Downtown Crested Butte

The Farmer’s Market is back! Now you can join the fun twice per week:

2nd and Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
June 12 through October 16
10:00 AM to 2:00PM

Crank’s Plaza (5th and Maroon), Crested Butte
July 7 through September 29
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Both locations are walking distance from the Elk Mountain Lodge. Just ask one of our friendly staff if you need directions.

The Farmer’s Market includes a variety of organic and certified naturally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs, pasture-raised and grass-finished meats, wild-caught fish, artisanal cheese, breads, jams, jellies and pickles as well as an assortment of locally produced arts and crafts.

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Crested Butte Music Festival

The 15th annual Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF), July 3 – Aug. 14, isn’t your average music festival. With extremely diverse offerings and intimate venues, you are sure to enjoy music by visiting artists from all over the world.

The six-week summer event features opera, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, symphony & more. Some of our favorites include “Have a Beer with Beethoven” and “Hitchcock in Paradise.”

For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.crestedbuttemusicfestival or call 349-0619.

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Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival: July 20 – 24, 2011

Returning for the fourth  year, the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival will showcase hundreds of different wines from around the world and amazing cuisine by some of the nation’s top chefs.  You will be “wined and dined” in the stunning surroundings of Colorado’s most charming mountain town.

The Elk Mountain Lodge is just a short, free shuttle bus ride to the Wine & Food events held in Mt. Crested Butte. Stay Downtown Crested Butte in the premier hotel in the Historic district and enjoy the best of Crested Butte! Call us to make a reservation at (970) 349-7533.

2011 Crested Butte Wine & Food FestivalThe CB Wine & Food Festival Events include:

The Grand Tasting
Saturday, July 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour
Wednesday, July 20 and Friday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Wine Seminars
Held at various times and places throughout the weekend

For more information about the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival or to purchase tickets, call 720-375-5241 or visit

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Crested Butte Bike Week: June 23-26, 2011

The 2011 Crested Butte Bike Week (formerly Fat Tire Bike Week) takes place June 23 – 26, 2011. The event features the Clif Bar Fat Tire 40 endurance race, the Chainless World Championships, and some primo entertainment: Toots and the Maytals.

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

  • June 23: Night at the Museum Party at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, 6PM
  • June 23 – 25: Rippin’ Chix Clinics with Alison Gannett
  • June 24: Chainless Race and Chainless After Party – for details go here
  • June 24-25: Tech Expo, 1st & Elk (at the Chainless Finish venue); Friday 9AM to 6PM, Saturday 8AM to 4PM
  • June 24 – 26: Mountain States Cup Wildflower Rush
  • June 25: Toots and the Maytals, base area, 6:30PM, gates open at 5PM
  • June 25 – 26: Bridges of the Butte
  • June 25: Clif Bar Fat Tire 40

For up-to-date information, visit the CBBW Website.

The Elk Mountain Lodge caters to Mountain Bikers! Both owners and staff are avid riders. We welcome guests who share our enthusiasm for single track! Here are some of the complimentary “Bike Friendly” services we offer to guests:

  • Bike storage room
  • Bike stand, pump and washing station
  • Guest town bikes
  • Maps and books on local riding
  • Friendly staff who bike and will offer good advice on nearby trails for all abilities

Give us a call or visit the website if you would like to stay with us during Crested Butte Bike Week!  (970) 349-7533

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First Annual Crested Butte Film Festival

Join us in Crested Butte for a fun, intimate celebration of film that coincides with the turning of the aspens, Sep 29 – Oct 2, 2011.

Book your room at the Elk Mountain Lodge, park your car, hop on your cruiser bike, walk, or ride the free shuttle bus and join us for three days of great films, outdoor parties, panel talks, and celebrity sightings.

The festival features over 70 hours of award-winning feature, documentary, and short films, including many Colorado premieres.

For more info, visit the CB Film Festival website.

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Crested Butte Restaurant Week: June 3 – 10, 2011

The 2nd Annual Crested Butte Restaurant Week takes place June  – 10, 2011.

The Elk Mountain Lodge will be offering reduced lodging for just $88.85 per night! Hurry… we only have a few rooms at this price, so give us a call at (800) 374-6521 to make your reservation.

Why $88.85?
Good question! Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet above sea level, so we celebrate our unique elevation this week with $88.85 lodging!

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Nordic Skiing – Thanksgiving Camp & Other Events

Check out the 2011 Nordic Skiing Calendar of Events… tons of great nordic skiing events this season in Crested Butte, including the Thanksgiving Camp. The Thanksgiving Camp is a weekend jam-packed with Classic & Skate Skiing Clinics. Download the Complete Thanksgiving Camp Schedule.

Stay at the Elk Mountain Lodge and receive your room, breakfast and two clinics for just $115.00 per person, per night. King rooms also available for $135.00 per person per night.

2011 Nordic Events Calendar
6………Ski Swap
11……..Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner
20…….Opening Day
26-28..9th Annual Thanksgiving Training Camp
27…….Silent Auction Dinner

2………Learn to Skate Ski for Free!
10…….Business Sponsor Party at the Yurt
11……..Citizens Race: 10K Classic Race
18…….Citizens Race: 10K Skate Race
21…….Full Moon Solstice Yurt Dinner Party
26…….Christmas Brunch at the Yurt
31…….New Years Yurt Dinner Party

6………Learn to Skate Ski for Free!
8………Citizens Race: 15K Skiathalon
15…….Citizens Race: 20K Classic
19…….Full Moon Yurt Dinner Tour
22…….Citizens Race: 20K Skate & Awards Party
30…….Brunch at the Yurt

3………Learn to Skate Ski for Free!
5………Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon
11……..CBNC Volunteer Appreciation Party
13…….Brunch at the Yurt
18…….Full Moon Yurt Dinner Tour

3………Learn to Skate Ski for Free!
5………Super Tour
6-11….International Airline Ski Federation
13…….Brunch at the Yurt
18…….Full Moon Yurt Dinner Tour
19…….Junior Nordic Team Progressive Bonfire Dinner
26…….Elk Mountain Grand Traverse
31…….CBNC Staff Party

3 ……..CBNC Closing Day

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Lodging Discounts for Fall

Starting October 6, save on lodging rates at the Elk Mountain Lodge. Queen rooms from just $99.00 and King Rooms from 149.00. Call us at (970) 349-7533 or Toll Free: (800) 374-6521 to make your reservation.

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