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Events at Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum


Sports & Recreation

Wednesday, Dec. 18th

Over the winter, the Museum is hosting a series of panels exploring the 1970s and the decisions that were made in this decade that continues to influence the development of this mountain town today.

Crested Butte in the 1970s laid the framework for the community we know today. In this decade, there was an explosion of creativity, a proliferation of new activities and sports, and a political takeover. This was a riotous time, establishing some of our most loved traditions and sense of community character.

Join the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, December 18th at 7 pm to explore the rise of sports and recreation in the ‘70s through discussion and storytelling. A panel of guests who conquered mountains and blazed trails will share stories and memories around telemarking, Gelande jumping, klunking, softball, and more. Panelists Craig Hall, Don Cook, Jim Dirkson, and Sue Navy will lead discussions exploring sports and recreation in the 1970s.

We invite those who also share in these memories to come and join the conversation to share stories of your own. The Museum encourages the audience to come with questions and stories to help us truly understand how the 1970s laid the foundation for the community we know today.


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Thanks to a generous grant from the Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club, the Museum was able to upgrade our digital recording equipment and increase our collection of oral histories for community members.  Also, thanks to a grant from the Crested Butte Creative District the Museum hired two video editors to create ten short videos about the history of Crested Butte. To view samples of these oral histories and the short videos, go to our Vimeo page and Facebook page.  Share your stories with us!  Call the Museum at 970-349-1880 to schedule an interview.


Fun Facts about Crested Butte

A perfect slope

Crested Butte Mountain rises to 12,162 feet (3,707 m) above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet. Crested Butte Mountain Resort features 15 chairlifts that offer access to 1,547 acres of inbounds terrain. Additionally, CBMR has 542 acres of Extreme Limits double black diamond terrain. The large amount of extreme skiing terrain at Crested Butte has attracted the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games.

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Famous Mountain Biking

Crested Butte played a key part in the birth of mountain biking. Some people debate whether the sport started in California or the mountains of Colorado. But, we're proud of our mountain bike heritage and celebrate it with our mountain bike exhibit that plays tribute to local legends and their achievements on two wheels.

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Mine Craft

Long before Crested Butte became known for skiing, mountain biking, and wildflowers, it was home to a thriving community of miners. Preserving the history of the people who worked the hard life in the mines is a key reason the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum exists.

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Flauschink Spring Festival

Even if it takes a made-up holiday, Crested Butte residents always find an excuse to party. Join Crested Butte residents as they flush out winter and welcome spring over the closing weekend at the ski resort. If you can't visit us that weekend, check out the museum's Flauschink exhibit to explore the history of this unique holiday.

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Museum Hours

Sunday-Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am to 6pm