The Ski Town Group troop had a wondrous weekend in Crested Butte, Colorado. Not only were the skies perfectly Norwegian-eye blue, but the experience of supporting a local charity – Mountain Roots Food Project– made us filled with a selfless sense of giving-back.
We arrived on the afternoon of Friday, March 18 and grabbed take-out from the notorious Secret Stash on Main St. We ordered enough to be snowed-in for days and not miss a beat: the spicy and sweet edamame marinated with sweet soy and togarashi chili pepper spice, a real Greek salad of cucumbers, feta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pepperoncini, red onion, bell peppers, herbs, olive oil and red wine vinegar, adult-tested, kid-approved mozzarella cheese sticks with pesto marinara sauce, and a large pizza.
We settled into our beautiful, slope-side home at 8 Lapis Lane. This new, mountain contemporary style, 4-bedroom, modernly chic VRBO chalet was absolutely stunningly, and with another plus awaiting and welcoming us: at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Quite ample spaces to stretch our legs after the Vail-to-Crested Butte drive, we enjoyed the March Madness basketball games and prepared for an amazing Crested Butte experience.
With Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Gold Link lift (a very quiet, unassuming portion of Crested Butte’s lift-served area) just right outside the patio door, the downhill skiing was a MUST! While the crowds of spring-breakers were dispersed among the greener and bluer runs, the Iversons skied the prized single and double black diamonds – International being the favorite run of the day. Upon weary legs, delicious, reinvigorating hot chocolate was consumed in Paradise (the on-mountain ski chalet). Thanks to Crested Butte Mountain Resort for the beautiful ski day – not a cloud in the blue-bird sky!
The Mountain Roots Food Project of Crested Butte is a non-profit that cultivates a sustainable food program benefitting the Crested Butte and Gunnison Valley communities by enhancing a healthy connection between earth, food and residents through gardening and “farm-to”mentality. Holly Conn, the director, and Cassie Pence, the board president, welcomed Ski Town Group to their fundraising event hosted by Arvin Ram’s Townie Books and Rumors Coffee and Tea House on Main St. A feast of après dishes from the Ski Town Après Ski cookbook were sampled, while book signings of Ski Town Soups and Ski Town Après Ski were in progress.
The local gathering place of Crested Butte natives, I perceived, must be Rumors Coffee and Tea House and Townie Books, which are connected and singularly owned by the Ram family. The community feel was palpable in this local haunt – from school-aged kids, to business people using the tables as impromptu co-working spaces, to locals talking small-town politics and chatting about the next meet-up at "Rumors". As in many supportive and collaborative communities, it is essential to have that “watering hole” for a tight-knit community. I was extremely happy to be a part of the place to see books and be seen by the Crested Butte familiars, while supporting a common love of food and where it is harvested. Thank you for the hospitality CBMR, Townie Books, Rumors Coffee and Tea House, Mountain Roots Food Project and the Faulkner family (owners of 8 Lapis Lane).
The holidays are here! And, since I am an enormous proponent of anything celebratory, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the next few blog posts will be holiday-centric. For ease, I am categorizing the Holiday event schedules by state. Enjoy!