Flauschink is here and the 2022/2023 ski season is coming to an end. And what a season it was! Not only did we surpassed 300″ of snow for the season, we opened ‘Wall-to-Wall’ for the first time since the 2016/2017 season. Crested Butte will be celebrating the final week of ski season and beginning of spring in true Crested Butte fashion; with costumes, royalty and dancing! Born into tradition in 1969, Flauschink was dreamed up by a handful of locals. It was a way to “flush out” the winter as well as celebrate another great ski season that had come and gone. Now, 55 year later, the tradition and festivities continue each spring. 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.

We’re also excited to announce that our own Team Coordinator, Erin Croke, was the artist for this year’s Flauschink Button! Her design/artwork was chosen in the annual button design contest and represents the ski area being open ‘Wall-to-Wall’. You’ll need a button to get into the Flauschink events so pick yours up today! Buttons can be purchased at any of the local watering holes, the Crested Butte Museum, and local liquor stores.

2022/2023 Flauschink Schedule of Events

Wednesday – March 29th

Flauschink festivities kick off on Wednesday!  Don’t miss the Annual Slideshow & Storytelling presented by local historian Duane Vandenbusche. Town folks and visitors are invited to the the Talk of The Town (upstairs) at 7:00 PM to learn the history of how Flauschink came to be and its place in Crested Butte tradition.

Thursday – March 30th

Meet the current Flauschink King and Queen at the bottom of the Silver Queen Lift. They’ll be taking their final “Royal Run” at the ‘Crack of Noon’. The Daisy Downhill Race will follow starting from the top of East River.

Friday – March 31st

The infamous Polka Party and 55th Annual Coronation Ball will be held Friday, March 31st. Head to Kochevar’s at 6:30 PM where the 55th King and Queen of Flauschink will be crowned. Afterwards, dance the night away to the Peter Dunda Polka Band. Much fun is to be had by all as we celebrate into the night and for some, the wee hours of the morning.

Saturday – April 1st

Gather on Elk Avenue around 10:00 AM for the Annual Flauschink Parade. Come honor the new King and Queen and to celebrate 55 years of Flauschink tradition. There will be awards at Kochevar’s at 11:00 AM and the Kid’s Cape Race at the CBMR Base Area at 12:00 noon. Later that evening, folks can meet the new King and Queen as they make their way around town during the Royal Pub Crawl.

Sunday – April 2nd

Closing day is Sunday, April 2nd. We look forward to gathering on Flauschink Hill around 1:00-ish and spending the afternoon enjoying BBQ, beverages and great friends while celebrating the close of another great ski season.

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