Late winter is an excellent time in Crested Butte, Colorado. While the weather starts to warm up, the snow starts to melt, and flowers start to bloom in the rest of the country, the winter fun continues on in our small town. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend with a loved one or a week with family in the mountains, there’s always something going on in Crested Butte. The slopes may close on April 6th but until that moment, there’s always something exciting to experience.
For fans of the art community, Crested Butte is the perfect haven for aficionados and amateurs alike. Running from February 2nd to April 6th, the “Follow the Art” mixed media exhibition by Laura Elm and Suzanne Pierson is taking place at the Art Studio Gallery of the Center for the Arts. Representing numerous artistic styles, including pottery, painting on wood and canvas, and plein air painting, visitors and locals alike will delight in this amazing collection of amazing art.
Looking for an artistic endeavor that’s a little more interactive? The first Friday of every month hosts the First Fridays Art Walk and Music. Catch local music and artists on March 6th and April 3rd! In addition to Friday’s tradition, the last Artwalk of the season takes place on March 21st, offering individuals the opportunity to mingle with local artists and enjoy refreshments while exploring galleries and exhibitions.
If you love snowshoeing, you’re in luck – Crested Butte is one of the most beautiful and scenic places to strap on snowshoes and go marching through the snow. Several times a season, Crested Butte offers free snowshoe walks with a Ranger. Taking place on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, individuals can snowshoe on the upper part of the Oak Flat Loop and Rim Rock Trail. Take in breathtaking views while getting some exercise and explore the great outdoors. Individuals can enjoy a free guided snowshoe walk on February 28th and March 1st.
Music reins supreme in Crested Butte with numerous concert opportunities. The Gunnison Valley Youth Fiddlers’ Concert takes place on March 7th, showcasing the best of Crested Butte’s young musicians, spanning from second grade to twelfth. With genres from classical training to bluegrass to fiddling, there’s something for everyone. Looking for a little adventure as the ski season closes? The Slush Huck Pond Skim Competitions at Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers live music and tons of fun. When you want to enjoy outdoor excitement, wearing a costume and watching contestants skim across the water on snowboards and skis is always a good time.
Even though winter is our favorite season, welcoming in summer doesn’t have to be a bummer. With Flauschink, Crested Butte’s very own holiday, individuals can say goodbye to another snow season and hello to warmer weather. Started in 1969, Flauschink celebrates the “flushing out of winter and welcoming of spring.” Visitors and locals will love the colorful spectacle that takes place from April 1st to April 5th, featuring a parade, games, and competitions that are great for the whole family.
Whether you live in Crested Butte or are in town as a guest, there’s always something fun to do. Explore art, music, and culture as the ski season winds to a close, from art walks in town to snowshoeing in the wilderness. Sad that summer is here already? There’s always next year for more winter-themed fun!
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