A Colorado Winter Wonderland - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/14/06

A Colorado Winter Wonderland

The Winter Olympics are now just weeks away and the excitement of the games has many thinking about taking their own winter vacation. News Channel 11 traveled to the beautiful mountains of Crested Butte to find out why so many people enjoy their vacation time on the slopes.

"Well a crested butte is a peak that stands alone. But Crested Butte is a terrific little ski town in South Western Colorado," stated April Prout, Director of Communications for Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

"I have been to a lot of ski town across the U.S. And this place truly is unique," says Ethan Muller, Director of Operations.

When you hit the slopes at Crested Butte you will find that there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the expert. Crested Butte is located West of Colorado Springs and has only one road to get in and out.

"You do not go through Crested Butte on your way to any where. You come here for Crested Butte," said Rick Barr.

"It is a real ski experience, it is a real ski town," states Muller.

It may be a little further than some resorts but Crested Butte has all the charm of a small town. Even Texas Tech's head football coach Mike Leach found Crested Butte to be exactly what the doctor ordered.

"We just got done with the bowl game. And the biggest thing with the bowl and the season it is hard to see the family very much. So it gives you an opportunity to reconnect with your family and get to know your kids again," stated Mike Leach.

Crested Butte's secluded location makes it a perfect getaway for families.

"I like this one because it is isolated," said Leach.

"It is just a big play ground," said Barr.

"This place has something special," said Muller.

"One of our slogans is, "We are worth getting to." And that little extra gets you out of the way. We're unique, we're on our own, we're the end of the road. So, when you come here you own the place," said Prout.

To find out more about Crested Butte, and the different vacation packages they offer go to www.skicb.com for more information.

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