From the Desk of David Ochs at the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce:
2016 is off and running, and it seems we did some great things the last few weeks here in CB and Mt. CB!  We’ve heard a lot of great stories of happy visitors and guests, and our little village sure was bustling!  January is looking better than it has in the past, so let’s keep it up!
The Chamber is full steam ahead with Fat Bike Worlds, and if you haven’t heard, we’ve added Lez Zeppelin to the mix to play after Worlds.  We’ll have a new poster out for the event  today, and please help us share it near and far to spread the word to come out here for a great event, a great outdoor concert ($5), and a great weekend.  ‘Like us’ on Facebook – both the Chamber and Fat Bike Worlds, and help us spread the goods. All together, we can reach the masses!  Let’s get a bumping January going and make this an annual staple in our repertoire!
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CBMR Flash Report HERE
CB Connection HERE

Borealis Fat Bike Worlds by Odell Brewing – Discount Code for the good Chamber Folks!  LEZ ZEPPELIN is coming!!!!
We continue to roll with a lot of energy and momentum with this event.  With Lez Zeppelin coming, and the concert ending around 5/5:30pm on Saturday, we may see a lot of folks in town.  So Saturday the 30th may be a day to reinforce the troops and be prepared for some folks hitting the Town after the concert.
Check out the website HERE for all the latest in details with the race, Lez Zeppelin (tickets HERE – buy them in advance and just flash your receipt for quick entry), and all the other action around the 5 days that is Fat Bike Worlds.
VOLUNTEER! If you want to get in on the action, get in on the swag and the downright good times, we’ll be looking for some of the regular local action to help bolster the event.  Our events are often the culmination of a great local contingency on course and providing lasting memories!  Email me here, or Eliza at  Let us know which day/s (Thurs, Sat, or Sun) you are available to help out with.
XtreamInternet announces enhanced Internet service
XtreamInternet is starting the New Year with enhancements to its Internet service that are typically only available in metropolitan areas.   XtreamInternet has contracted with Denver based Massive Networks to provide residents and businesses in Gunnison County direct connectivity to the rest of the country using all the major fiber providers, such as Level3 and Zayo. This multi-carrier approach insures the highest quality and most reliable internet service.  “Our direct connection results in a more responsive, consistent and, most importantly, reliable internet experience,” stated Cara Apsey, Director of Operations.
“We take a proactive approach to customer service and support, constantly monitoring and managing our network so we can deliver the highest performance Internet, which is a different focus than most other providers” explained John Rasure, PhD, Owner and CEO of XtreamInternet. XtreamInternet users have access to better than broadband speeds, low latency, symmetric speed for cloud applications and high quality connections for VoIP phones. Rasure assures, “We are constantly working to give our customers the best internet experience in the Valley.”
The Federal Communications Commission recently reported that 53% of rural Americans lack access to broadband internet service (25 Mbps down / 3 Mbps up). Rasure states, “There has been a great deal of talk about the need for broadband internet in Gunnison County but XtreamInternet is the only provider that has systematically been expanding its broadband network to provide service to underserved communities in Gunnison County”. XtreamInternet provides better than broadband speeds to over 200 square miles of remote Gunnison County including the Ohio Creek Valley, Jacks Cabin, Skyland, Nicholson Lake, Gothic and more.
If you would like more information, or to find out if Xtream is available in your area, call 970-305-5855or visit
DOUBLE GOODNESS…a fundraiser for PAWS and miles of smiles at the north end of the valley! In partnership with local artist Heather Bischoff, PAWS is happy to present the Mountain Express Furry Friends Bus! It will celebrate local furry citizens of all shapes, sizes and colors and the good news is your pet could be featured on this bright and whimsical bus! For all of the details please visit You can enter your pet for a chance to be represented on the bus by pledging a minimum $10 donation by February 12, 2016. A winner will be announced on or before February 29, 2016. Imagine the smiles and support PAWS…a great cause!
Center for the Arts
Kick off the New Year with investing in your creativity and learning something new through the Center for the Arts! This week the Art Studio offers a six week Silversmithing class (beginning January 7) AND a six week Pastel class for both beginning and intermediate students (beginning January 12). We’ve got something for kids too! Kindergarten through sixth grade can join the Dance Collective for a two-class series in the aerial circus arts (beginning January 9). Then get ready, because next week starts the Open Wheel Throwing series beginning January 15 as well as our one and only professional dance feature for the season – the STAYCEE PEARL dance project bringing their production PLAYGROUND to the Center Stage January 20 complete with Master Dance Classes January 19. For detailed information on our upcoming events check out our Center Stage Weekly newsletter!
Center Stage Weekly
CB Nordic Events
Today is the Guinness Book of World Records Largest Multi-Venue Lesson!  All across the country ski areas are holding a lesson including us!  Come in at 10 am and take a classic lesson from us and YOU will be a record holder!!  We will give you a certificate to prove it.  The price will be reduced to accommodate all income levels.  If anyone doesn’t want the lesson, but would like to volunteer to be a witness for 15 minutes, please call 349-1707.
Tomorrow is the biggest fundraiser for our youth racing team.  It is called the Magic Meadows 7and entails skiing for 7 hours in teams or individually in exchange for pledges to enable our young skiers to represent us at many venues.  For more information, look here at or call 349-1707.
2015/2016 Land Trust Tween Scene Schedule 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Wednesday, February 3rd: Engineering Challenge
If you look closely, animals all around us are engineering their environment. Have you ever taken a close look at a beaver dam? Or the nest of a Great Blue Heron? Let’s test our engineering skills!
Wednesday, March 2nd :  Snow Volcanoes!
With only a few secret ingredients we will design, build, and erupt our own snow volcanoes!
Crested Butte Music Festival Presents: Swallow Hill Music Kids Camp Dates:  June 27 – July 1, 2016.
Local’s Special Early Bird Registration.  $249 for the first 20 Gunnison Valley local children who sign up.  A savings of $50.  Use Coupon Code: CBLOCAL
Register online: or call 970-349-0619
Swallow Hill Music Kids Camp is a fun, 5-day music camp in Crested Butte that provides kids (ages 7-17) an amazing experience in bluegrass music education with folk instruments. Students learn to play in a bluegrass band with other students, write songs, and advance their individual skills through instrument breakout sessions. The camp offers training for first-timers as well as experienced players, provided by faculty from the esteemed Swallow Hill Music School in Denver. Instructors have extensive experience teaching and playing in bands.
Crested Butte Music Festival is celebrating 20 years of providing world-class music, opera, chamber, gypsy jazz and education to the Gunnison Valley.  For more information on the 2016 season, please visit