Season begins November 27
By Kendra Walker
Let it snow! Crested Butte Mountain Resort officially began snowmaking at midnight on Friday, November 1 in preparation for the 2019-20 winter season.
“Crested Butte cranked up the snow guns for the first time this season in anticipation of Opening Day on Wednesday, November 27,” said CBMR senior communications manager Sara Lococo. All 2019-20 Epic Passes, local passes and tickets will be valid when the lifts start turning on November 27.
With snowmaking officially under way, CBMR’s highest snow priorities for Opening Day are for terrain around the Red Lady Express and the new Teocalli quad lift, according to CBMR vice president and general manager Tim Baker. “Those two lifts are our targets,” he said. “But the opening day footprint will be contingent on what Mother Nature throws at us. We will see how the weeks unfold.”
Opening Day will also include a Community Giving Celebration to benefit the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation (CBSF), in the spirit of the former “Donation Day.” Locals and guests will have the opportunity to make donations, and Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise program will contribute up to a $10,000 donation match to CBSF. Unlike previous years, there won’t be a requirement for a financial contribution this year, said Baker.
“CBMR and Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise are proud to partner with the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation to celebrate community giving along with the start of the 2019-20 winter season,” said Baker in a press release. “We’re excited to carry on the tradition of giving back to the local community while also welcoming everyone to make their first turns of the season at CBMR on Wednesday, Nov. 27.”
Donations can be made now through 4 p.m. on Opening Day. To make a donation to support CBSF as part of the Community Giving Celebration, visit CrestedButteSnowsports.org and select the Opening Day Campaign, or in person on Opening Day at the CBSF tent at the base area.