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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opens Silver Queen Express for the Winter Season
•Silver Queen Express opens today; its earliest opening date in the last 20 years.
•Crested Butte Mountain Resort is now offering more than 300 acres of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiable terrain.
•Final chance to purchase the 2018-19 Epic Pass and other Epic Season Pass options extended to Sunday, Dec. 2.

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Nov. 29, 2018 – After receiving more than two feet of snow in the past week – plus six inches of snow in the last 24 hours – intermixed with great snowmaking conditions, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is excited to announce that the Silver Queen Express is open for the 2018-19 winter season. Today marks the earliest opening date for the Silver Queen Express in 20 years.

 Continuing its historic start to the 2018-19 winter season, skiers and riders at CBMR can now access 302 acres of skiable terrain across 48 open trails. A testament to the fantastic early-season conditions, CBMR is prepared to open advanced trails including Upper Keystone, Jokerville, Twister and Crystal as well as other intermediate trails today.
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, skiers and snowboarders will have access to beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain accessible via the following chairlifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort:
  • Red Lady Express
  • Paradise Express
  • Silver Queen Express
  • Peachtree Lift
  • Aspen Carpet
  • Pine Carpet is forecasting as much as 13 inches of snow for Crested Butte through this weekend. Daily terrain updates, including open lifts and trails, are posted each morning to
All guests are reminded that they must observe all posted signs, closures and slow zones, especially during the early season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.

Epic Pass: Last Chance to Purchase Extended to Sunday, Dec. 2

The last chance to purchase the 2018-19 Epic Pass and other Epic Season Pass options – including the Epic Local, Epic 7-Day and Epic 4-Day – is Sunday, Dec. 2. The Epic Pass provides skiers and riders with the greatest multi-resort pass value in the ski industry, offering access to more than 65 resorts in eight countries for $949. New for the 2018-19 winter season, the Epic Pass will now feature unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at 19 mountain resorts including Crested Butte, plus seven days at Telluride, in addition to unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. The remaining lineup of passes is available for purchase at


About Crested Butte:

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.
For more information about Crested Butte's lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (844) 993-9545 or visit the web site at

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 15 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe and Okemo in Vermont; Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

Media Contact:
Zach Pickett
Senior Communications Specialist
Crested Butte Mountain Resort 
(970) 349-4361
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