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    Returning to the exciting days of long ago, Crested Butte will have free skiing from Nov 25th to Dec 15th. There isn't usually much snow that early, but the area does a good job of laying down the man made stuff so it should be quite skiable. Previous incarnations of free skiing were much fun. lotsa energy on the hill and around town. NASTAR most probably won't be open, snow making for the trail used for the races is one of the last to get the guns going.

    I'm hoping for early snow. See you there. I'll be the one with the Head Slaloms and a stupid grin.

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    Hey Jack:

    Thanks for the post. I remember well, the free days at the Butte!! They stopped this about 5-6 years ago, right? My family has 6 generations of Colorado roots based out of Lake City!! :wink:

    Anyway, for those who have never ventured to Crested Butte, Colorado you have no idea what is in store for you!

    Ski Crested Butte

    They have some of the most intense Extreme Skiing Terrain in the Lower 48!! If you have never stood atop the Banana Funnel, Teocalli Bowl or the Headwall, then check out this trail map!! (Pucker factor 10+) ----->>>>> Ski CB Mountain Trail Map

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    Six generations out of Lake City? Your ancestors must have been were there when Alferd Packer was eating his travel companions. Seriously, Lake City is a great place once you get past the culinary peculiarities.

    Not sure how long the free skiing has been gone. Losing it did make CB less exciting though. I&#39;m really glad to see it return. Recent CBMR advertising has been centered on investment opportunities, not that there&#39;s anything wrong with investors, but they aren&#39;t necessarily skiers so something is lost. Rag-tag and/or rowdy as free skiers might be, they&#39;re more my style. Especially on the hill.

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    Six generations out of Lake City? Your ancestors must have been were there when Alferd Packer was eating his travel companions. Seriously, Lake City is a great place once you get past the culinary peculiarities.[/b]

    My Great-great Grandfather was an original member of the jury that tried and convicted Packer of Cannibalism. (He was later re-tried in both Gunnison and Denver, then buried in the Littleton Cemetary.) We have handwritten transcripts from the trials. A bit eerie, but nonetheless historic for the State of Colorado.

    My folks spend their summers in Lake and we all get together every July 4th. Sadly, I will not be there this year due to my recent move to PA.

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    JT

    You wrote:

    "My Great-great Grandfather was an original member of the jury that tried and convicted Packer of Cannibalism."

    Wow, your family is part of the history of Lake City. In fairness to Lake City, Packer wasn&#39;t a resident and didn&#39;t commit his crimes in town. Growing up in Colorado and having an interest in history made the story of that unfortunate episode part of my memory. Fortunately this is the NASTAR Forum so I&#39;ll drop this subject.

    PA probably has its share of equally interesting stories.

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    Hey Jack:

    Thanks for the post. I remember well, the free days at the Butte!! They stopped this about 5-6 years ago, right? My family has 6 generations of Colorado roots based out of Lake City!! :wink:

    Anyway, for those who have never ventured to Crested Butte, Colorado you have no idea what is in store for you!

    Ski Crested Butte

    They have some of the most intense Extreme Skiing Terrain in the Lower 48!! If you have never stood atop the Banana Funnel, Teocalli Bowl or the Headwall, then check out this trail map!! (Pucker factor 10+) ----->>>>> Ski CB Mountain Trail Map

    The Bear[/b]
    While I totally agree with you view of Crested Butte, I will continue to visit Wolf Creek for early season skiing - much easier on the bases and the trees are great! :grin:

    Mad Skier

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    While I totally agree with you view of Crested Butte, I will continue to visit Wolf Creek for early season skiing - much easier on the bases and the trees are great! :grin:

    Mad Skier[/b]
    Well yeah, if you want snow. You takes your choice, free skiing or snow to ski on.

    Slats
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