December, 2011 Issue   

The Crested Butte Connoisseur
Brought to you by Corey Dwan of Benson Sotheby's International Realty

Hi Everyone,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you this year and keep you updated on the Crested Butte real estate market. It has been an honor and a most valuable experience for me. I wish you abundance, happiness and a new year filled with hope. Happy Holidays and I hope to see you in Crested Butte this winter!

Watch for my newsletter at the beginning of January with the year-end totals. For now just enjoy some really good Crested Butte and national news as well as local upcoming events.

Crested Butte Market Calendar of Events

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Coming Back to Crested Butte

Crested Butte Selected for the ISMF North American Ski Mountaineering Championships

Crested Butte Named 2nd Snowiest City in America

New Housing Starts Jumps 9.3%

Mortgage Rates Drop to Record Lows

Fed More Upbeat About Recovery

Luxury Real Estate Market See No Downturn

In This Issue:

Calendar of Events
  USA Pro Cycling Challenge
ISMF Championships
CB 2nd Snowiest City
Some Good National News
2011-12 Airline Schedule
CBMR Environmental Efforts
Resort Updates
Oh Be Joyful Gallery

Featured Listings
Global Listings

329 Maroon Avenue, Crested Butte

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49 Cinnamon Mtn Road, Mt. Crested Butte

309 Third Street, Crested Butte

897 Rio Grande Lane, Creede


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Crested Butte South Homes
Crested Butte South Condos
Crested Butte South Land
Gunnison Area Homes
Gunnison Area Condos
Gunnison Area Land
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Mountain Bike Trail Report
Mt. Crested Butte Snow Report
Mt. Crested Butte Ski Trail Report
Crested Butte Weather Report

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J202 San Moritz, Mt. Crested Butte

116 Whiterock Ave, Crested Butte
2011-2012 Winter Airline Schedule

Access to Crested Butte this winter is quick and easy thanks to direct, non-stop flights into the Gunnison/Crested Butte (GUC) Regional Airport from several major cities across the country. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and the Gunnison County Rural Transportation Association (RTA) have diligently negotiated air service for the 2011-2012 winter season from three major carriers: American Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines, with flights from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH) and Denver (DEN). The full direct service schedule begins December 15th & 16th.

Local and discounted fares have been announced. Please be sure to take advantage of these discounted fares. The more people use our direct flights, the better it is for our overall air service program. The first is a holiday fare sale through American Airlines and the second is the standard United local?s fare which has been extended through December 2012. More detailed information about both deals is posted at

? American Airlines is offering holiday airfares for travel originating from the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) starting at $198* per round trip ($99 each way based on a required round-trip, economy-class purchase).  Required dates of travel from GUC are Dec. 15 ? 22, 2011, with return to GUC from Dec. 31, 2011 ? Jan. 7, 2012.  Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure, and fare examples do not include taxes and fees.
? United Airlines, which flies into GUC year-round, continues to offer a round-trip locals? fare for $161.40 (must originate in GUC).  A one-way only fare originating in GUC is $109.70.  Both are subject to availability and valid for travel through Dec. 13, 2012.  There is a minimum one-night stay and maximum 30-night stay, and tickets must be booked locally at least one day in advance through Crested Butte Vacations, 349-2287, or at the United desk at the airport, which is open 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. except when a flight is being serviced.  You must be a Colorado resident, and Colorado residence identification may be required at check-in.  There is a $10 ticketing fee to book the fare through Crested Butte Vacations.

CBMR Environmental Efforts

CBMR has made great strides in becoming a ?greener? resort. In 2010, CBMR joined the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge (CIEC), as one of 13 charter members in the state. By signing on, the resort committed to reducing energy consumption by two percent each year for five consecutive years, using 2008 as the base year. In June of 2011, CBMR won the Excellence in Energy Efficiency award from Governor John Hickenlooper and the Governor?s Energy Office for reducing energy use by 18.9 percent in the first year. Mountain Operations crews and all CBMR staff are very committed to this endeavor and it shows in everything they do, from making snow to turning off lights and turning down the heat at night.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Updates

Zipline Tour - The new Crested Butte Zipline Tour opened June 28 and is now up and running for the winter season. The guided tour includes five zip lines and three suspended bridges that have been uniquely adapted to accommodate winter operations. The Crested Butte Zipline Tour is available during the summer, fall and winter seasons and has been welcomed with resounding success. To date, we?ve already had 3,225 zippers enjoy the tour and look forward to offering it for our winter guests as well for $59 per person. The winter operations will begin at the yurt located at the base of the zipline and right in front of the kids? learning area by the Whetstone building. At the yurt, guests will get fitted for their harnesses where the necessary safety instructions explained. Each tour will then make their way down to the Peachtree lift for a ride up to the top of the zipline and enjoy the approximate 2-hour zipping experience. We hope you enjoy this added amenity to the resort.

? Paradise Warming House ? Paradise was one of our biggest endeavors this summer season and will look much different when it opens for the season in the coming days. The cafeteria line has drastically changed, as the beverage island in the center has been removed and will now be a salad bar, offering healthier options for our guests in this location. Sections of the exterior have been resided and we are in the process of updating all of the signage to better fit our brand here at CBMR and give Paradise a more comprehensive updated feel. We hope you enjoy the changes done to date. Also, the sewer lines in an around Paradise have been addressed. We replace 3,000 feet of pipe line, so we have our fingers crossed that the plaguing odor has finally been mitigated at the base of the Paradise Lift. 

? Ten Peaks ? Camp 4  no longer wished to utilize the location at the top of Painter Boy, worry not? they are still in their same location in Mountaineer Square.  So CBMR has taken over the small building at the top of Painter Boy, given it a little paint job, with hopes of future capital dollars being designated to this beautiful location, which houses some of the best views in the valley. Ten Peaks is the new name and we hope to capitalize on the beach front and will continue to offer guests, coffee, pre-made sandwiches, soups and a full service bar.

? Treasury Building ? We are currently in a multi-phase project with Treasury to update the building and modernize the look. As you may remember we worked extensively on the interior last year and this year we decided to start focusing on the exterior. We have installed new doors on both sides of the building, which also have an automatic door component for our guests, providing easier access and a more welcoming environment.  In addition, we have replaced the sidewalk on the ?Elevation side of the building? with new pavers. The plan is to continue the exterior improvements next year.

Please Visit My Favorite Gallery in Crested Butte - Oh Be Joyful Gallery

Shaun Horne - Red Buildings

Shaun Horne - Aspens and Lupines

Shaun Horne - Tamale View

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Corey Dwan
Benson Sotheby's International Realty
433 Sixth Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224
970-596-3219 Cell
970-797-1810 Fax

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