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Crested Butte decides to reopen for first time in its history

Crested Butte Mountain Resort plans to reopen on April 26 and 27.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort plans to reopen on April 26 and 27.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort/Alex Fenlon

Crested Butte Mountain Resort made an unprecedented announcement Monday that the Colorado ski area would reopen on Saturday and Sunday. Crested Butte had initially closed for the season on April 6.

The resort plans to operate the Silver Queen Express chairlift from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with access to 155 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain. The Silver Queen high-speed quad rises 2,072 vertical feet out of the base area. Tickets will be $20 for ages 13 and older, $10 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for ages 6 and under. Season passes for 2013-14 will be honored on the bonus weekend.

“We had an incredible season this year,” said Ethan Mueller, vice president and general manager at the ski resort. “Looking at the amount of snow we still have on the mountain and in the valley, we thought of all years to reopen this would be a good one to give it a try. One more weekend of skiing will be a fun way to bring people to the mountain and to get excited for next season with our season pass price remaining flat to this year.”

Crested Butte is located 30 miles north of Gunnison, Colo. When fully open, the resort is known for its extreme terrain on the North Face. One particular run, Rambo, is often cited as the steepest inbounds cut trail in the United States. The area has hosted the U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships on numerous occasions.