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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Gay Ski Week: Mar 19 – 26, 2011

“Butte 11: Matthew Shepard Foundation Gay Ski Week” will take place in Crested Butte from Mar 19 – 26, 2011. The Mathew Shepard Foundation was created in memory of the 21-year-old who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.

The Elk Mountain Lodge will be participating in Gay Ski Week by donating 5% of the lodging fee of guests who attend Gay Ski Week and stay with us.

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Colorado Wine Tasting 1 block from Elk Mountain Lodge

Colorado Food and Wine Tasting at Timberline Restaurant – Creek Side Patio
FRI July 23rd – 4:45 pm- 6pm
Wineries: Steve Rhodes and A. Eames’ Puesta Del Sol vineyards from the West Elks AVA, North Fork Valley, COLORADO.
Price of Ticket: $55

• Hosted by Timberline Restaurant, local winemaker Alfred Eames owner of Puesta del Sol Vineyards in Paonia and Eliane Wissoq of “The E-Vine”.
• An educational tasting of 4 red wines from two wineries from Paonia and Hotchkiss, North Fork Valley (Crested Butte’s closest Wine Country) which was designated as the West Elks AVA for its terroir at an elevation of over 6000 ft. This tasting will be particularly interesting as it will feature two of the best Colorado wineries only 10 miles from each other but whose wines are of very different styles. Steve Rhodes was one of the early (post prohibition) pionners that brought the North Fork wine country back to life in the mid 90’s and a mentor to A.Eames who followed in his foosteps a few years later. Their wines have graced notable restaurant wine lists such as The Littel Nell of Aspen. Master Sommelier / Author Andrea Immer (Windows on the World restaurant in New York City) fell in love with S. Rhodes’ 1999 Cabernet Franc at the Little Nell hotel in Aspen and picked Rhodes’ 2002 Merlot as Colorado’s top wine in a 2004 TV show called “50 Wines for 50 States.”
• Finger food will be prepared by Timberline Restaurant to compliment the wines.
• 2 bottles of Colorado wine tasted at the event is included in the ticket price ($40value) !! At $55, this package is a No Brainer!

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Irwin Cat Skiing

mnirwin13irwin31irwin2Irwin Lodge Cat Skiing has re-opened. Elk Mtn Lodge guest Brendan Nichols and myself were lucky enough to participate after 60 inches. Let us know if you need a reservation for cat skiing.

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Lily Lake is Open for Nordic Skiing!

Lily Lake (located on Kebler Pass just outside of Crested Butte) is groomed and ready for nordic skiing, following the recent Colorado snow storms. These photos were taken on October 29, 2009 by Xavi Fane. (click on images to see larger photos…)

Nordic Skiing at Lily Lake - Oct. 29, 2009

Nordic Skiing at Lily Lake - Oct. 29, 2009


Early Season Nordic Skiing - Crested Butte, CO

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