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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Early Season Nordic Skiing Training in Crested Butte

The 9th Annual Thanksgiving Training Camp will take place in Crested Butte, CO November 27 – 29 2009.

The camp offers training clinics for Classic Nordic Skiing and Skate Skiing for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels on Friday and Saturday. Develop your skills with training offered by Olympic Coaches and Athletes.

The Nordic Fundraisers takes place Saturday night with a Silent Auction and Gourmet Dinner.

Other activities include a Sunday Tour and Waxing Clinics.

For more information, contact the Crested Butte Nordic Center at (970) 349-1707 ext. 5.


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Personal Chef Service at the Elk Mountain Lodge

Personal Chef Services

Enjoy a gourmet, organic, local, home-cooked meal in the comfort of The Lodge

Chef Dana Zobs will prepare you a custom dinner using local, organic ingredients and drop them off at the Elk Mountain Lodge. Premium Beer, Wine, and Spirits available at the Elk Mountain Lodge Bar.

Sample Winter Menu:
Individual Pumpkin, Kale, and Gruyere Tarts

Arugula Salad with Poached Egg and Home made Goat Cheese

Butternut Apple Soup with Fingerling Potato Croutons

Brussel Sprouts with Pecans and Shallots
Potato Latkes with Apple Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lavendar Salt Crust

Crepes with Apple Compote and Cardamom Whipped Creme

Contact Dana Zobs for More Information and Pricing
(970) 275-2817

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Sweet Deals in Paradise

With the Aspen leaves still holding on and off-season rates starting October 1st, it’s a great time to visit with rooms starting $89.00 per night. Just heard about 2 for 1 bottles of wine at the Bachnale Italian restaurant just down the street. Also heard about $350.00 round trip flights on United Airlines in January. With rooms from $119.00 in January and $65.00 lift tickets it’s bargain season.

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Live Jazz at the Lodge Friday July 10th 7:00 PM

The Unassessable Outcomes play their second show in the Elk Mountain Lodge Lobby. Full Bar  $10.00 cover
Straight Jazz: Piano, Bass and Drum…

The Unassessable Outcomes

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Denver Life Magazine Recommends Elk Mountain Lodge

The March / April issue of Denver Life Magazine included a feature article on Crested Butte, Colorado. The article includes tips on What To Do, Where To Dine, and Where To Stay.

The Elk Mountain Lodge is the recommended place to stay in the town of Crested Butte!

»Download the article

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Best Mountain Biking Destination

Bryan and Mike have been thinking about summer a lot after Bike magazine recently awarded Crested Butte the Best Mountain Biking Destination. Not only does Crested Butte pick up the award for Best Mountain Biking Destination, but also received best climb, best tight and twisting trail, and honorable mention trail of the year in the March 2009 issue of Bike magazine.

The Elk Mountain Lodge has a big bike storage room with a bike stand. We have all the maps and books you need,  and love sending people out on the best trails. 1931

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