Christmas has come and gone already here in Gunnison, CO. Next, we celebrate New Year’s Eve as only Gunni can. Here are 3 fun ways to spend the last day of 2015:
1. High Alpine Brewing Company
HABC is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash complete with live music from Douglas Francisco and a midnight toast with beer and champagne. Event starts at 8pm. Check out our ski and brewery package for an amazing way to spend a weekend.
2. Monarch Mountain Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
Monarch Mountain Ski Area has a torchlight parade and fireworks show with festivities starting at 3:30pm. Live music from HEB in the Pioneer Room. Check out this small mountain celebration, where if you make arrangements early enough you can actually participate in the torchlight parade down Freeway, limited spots are available.
3. Crested Butte
Crested Butte town and ski resort will also be having an array of activities on December 31st. Everything from their monthly Evening ArtWark, to mountainside Torchlight Parade and Firework show. There is plenty of events just a short drive or bus ride away from Gunnison, CO.
No matter where you decided to spend your last night of 2015 it’s sure to be an amazing mountain experience you can only get in the heart of the Rockies. Don’t forget to book your room today at the Days Inn and Suites in Gunnison, CO. Happy New Year!
Skiing in Colorado is more than a sport, activity or exercise. It’s a lifestyle, an experience, a culture. For the best true mountain experience skip the long lines and expensive tickets that Vail and Snowmass produce and take the higher road. Literally, the base of Monarch Ski Area is at a staggering 10,790 feet.
Monarch has a motto of remaining “Unspoiled since 1939”. Its one of the last remaining small-town mountains that has yet to be overrun with rich tourists or big time developers. It’s not the easiest place to get, but that’s what makes it so special. A hidden gem with over 800 skiable acres located along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range of San Isabel National Forrest. A perfect mountain for the family looking to take it easy or the hardcore skier looking to discover new terrain. The 53 lift serviced trails offer a mix of 27% beginner, 30% moderate, and 43% expert. Enjoy what feels like the whole mountain to yourself as there is rarely a line on any of the 6 different chairlifts. Grab a drink or a mid morning snack at the Sidewinder Saloon, Elmo’s Bar, Gunbarrel Cafeteria or JavaStop.
“Unspoiled since 1939” is achieved by 3 main assets, according to their website.
How does one get to experience this amazing mountain? We suggest the unbeatable Ski Monarch and Brew Package provided by the Days Inn & Suites out of Gunnison, CO. Another beautiful small town just a short drive from Monarch, it’s a wonderful place to Apres Ski. The package includes; hotel accommodations, lifts tickets, free shuttle to and from the mountain, dinners and brews at Gunnison’s newest craft brewery High Alpine Brewing Company, and complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Click here to find out more details on this amazing package. Take your winter ski vacation to the next level, literally.
Looking for a locally crafted beer here in Gunnison, CO? Of course you are! What’s more “Colorado-y” than enjoying a hand crafted beer while sitting at over 7,000 feet in elevation. Look no further than High Alpine Brewing Company, who has just announced they will have new beers rolling out in a few short weeks.
According to the Brewers Association website, Colorado has over 235 breweries or 6.1 breweries per capita, ranking in 3rd largest in both respective categories. Gunnison, known for its high country outdoor recreation and local college, Western State Colorado University, has recently welcomed a new member to this booming community.
High Alpine Brewing Company opened it’s doors during the summer 2015, on 111 North Main Street, Gunnison, CO. Three friends Scott, Bryan and JB had a vision to “create an environment with 3 main ingredients; passionately crafted beer, local hand crafted food and great music” according to their website. To date, they have operated featuring a unique space with brick oven pizzas and live music, patiently awaiting the approval of their brewer’s permit. On December 2, 2015, they announced the long awaited day had finally arrived.
They plan to release four beers to start; Free Fall IPA, Jubel Matron, Bob’s Blond and Sol’s Espresso Stout. With a focus on “hand crafted beers designed for taste, quaffability and quality” and recipes made with high quality ingredients combined with high country water, the trio hopes to wow the local and tourist alike.
Stay tuned for the much anticipate release date of the beer, updates can be found on their facebook page and website. They are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 4pm-close, Sunday from 10:30am-close and they are closed on Tuesday’s. Tasting parties can be arrange by appointment.
If the stresses of Black Friday already have you acting like a grinch, turn that frown upside down because the Crested Butte Santa Ski Crawl is just 15 days away! On December 12, 2015 help set a world record by participating in this unique event. There are two main parts so you can pick and choose which best suit you this holiday season; the Santa Group Ski and the Santa Pub Crawl.
Santa Group Ski
The Santa Group Ski is open to all ages, all you need to participate is a Santa Suit (bring your own or purchase one while they last for just $20) and a ski pass. Registration opens at 8:00 am at the Base Area of the ski resort and lifts start at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a morning of skiing before meeting the rest of the Santa’s at the Ice Bar (mid-mountain) at 2:30 p.m. The group ski takes off down the mountain at 3:30 p.m. HGTV magazine’s December issue just featured this event in an article titled “Holiday Hoopla from Coast to Coast”. Watch this video to see what the hoopla is all about.
Santa Pub Crawl
The pub crawl is ages 21 and up and begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Ice Bar (mid-mountain). You can purchase a $25 ticket that includes a free Santa suit and 5 drink vouchers. Ski with the rest of the Santa’s down to Butte 66 at the base area where you can catch a free shuttle bus into downtown where you continue the pub crawl.
Winter is coming. For most of us here in Colorado we can’t wait for those first few snowflakes to appear, as temperatures drop our excitement grows for a new season of skiing and outdoor adventure. There is no better place to enjoy the variety of winter outdoor activities than in beautiful Gunnison Colorado. Most of us are very familiar with traditional downhill skiing, however if you haven’t had a chance to try Nordic or cross-country skiing you simply must!
Nordic skiing basically means that your heel is not attached to the ski. This style of skiing dates back thousands of years and has been extremely popular in Europe for decades. However, its popularity is growing stateside. Nordic skiing is much easier on the joints that downhill and you can enjoy courses for a fraction of the price of traditional ski resorts. It’s a wonderful combination of physical exercise set in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Picture gliding at your own pace through the woods and literally over snow covered hills.
A short drive or bus ride from Gunnison is the Crested Butte Nordic Center. Their mission is to be the “Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado”. They have over 50 kilometers of groomed trails, ski and snow shoe rental, private lessons, clinics and even “fine yurt dining experiences” there is something for all skill sets and adventurers just a short 30 minute ride away.
Opening day was November 14th and adult day passes start as low as $18.00 per person. Pet lover bonus: bring your furry friend along to enjoy the beautiful scenery for just $5.00 more. If you prefer to leave your vehicle in Gunnison you can catch the Gunnison Valley RTA bus and let them shuttle you.
After a long day of enjoying the mountains you can come back to Gunnison and visit one of the many restaurants or bars before returning to your hotel to sit in an outdoor hot tub – putting a perfect end on an amazing experience. Don’t forget to book your room today at the newly remodeled Days Inn & Suites. Take advantage of what Gunnison and the Days Inn & Suites have to offer – enjoy the best Nordic skiing in Colorado while spending a fraction of what most do for a winter ski vacation.
Gunnison will officially usher in the holiday season on Friday, December 4, 2015, with its Night of Lights on Main Street. Thanksgiving is Thursday and with temperatures dropping to the single digits later this week there is no denying that winter has arrived. Let’s celebrate with a family friendly evening in downtown.
Festivities run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and include light displays, bonfires, hot cocoa and local entertainment. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. and will escort the crowd to the community tree lighting before heading into the Elks Lodge for a meet and greet.