The 2017/2018 ski season has come to an end and we just wrapped up closing weekend by celebrating Fifty Years of Flauschink: Who Could Have Imagined? Flauschink was born into tradition in the Spring of 1969, dreamed up by a handful of locals as a way to “flush out” the winter and celebrate another great ski season that had come and gone.
Flauschink festivities kicked off on Wednesday, April 4th with the Annual Slide Show and Story Telling presented by local historian and last remaining Flauschink founder, George Sibley. Town folks and visitors gathered at the Crested Butte Heritage Museum to learn the history of how Flauschink came to be and it’s place in Crested Butte tradition. More than just another excuse to “get it on and party” Flauschink has become an annual ritual. A way for us to “flush winter down the drain” and send off another ski season with a bang.
Friday the King and Queen met at the bottom of the Silver Queen Lift at noon and took their final “Royal Run”. Later that evening the infamous Polka Party and Coronation Ball was held at Bonez where we crowned the 50th King and Queen of Flauschink. Congratulations to the 2018 King Doug Kroft and Queen Donna Rozman. People Polka’d the night away to the Peter Dunda Polka Band which featured special guest Chris Rouse. Much fun was had by all as they danced into the wee hours of the night.
Saturday the 50th Annual Flauschink Parade was held in honor of the new King and Queen and to celebrate 50 years of Flauschink tradition. Later that evening, folks greeted King Kroft and Queen Rozman as they made their way around town during the Royal Pub Crawl. Sunday, closing day for the ski area, everyone gathered on Flauschink Hill and spent the afternoon enjoying BBQ, beverages and great friends while celebrating the close of another great ski season.
For more Flauschink history read Fifty Years of Flauschink: Who Could Have Imagined?
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