Mt. Crested Butte, CO Jan. 23, 2002 (CBMR Release)--Getting to Crested Butte just got easier and cheaper for front range skiers and snowboarders. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) recently announced plans to offer the first daily, United Airbus flight and ski package, between Denver and Gunnison/Crested Butte, Colorado. Joe O'Brien, Principal for Real-Value Imagineering, an integrated solutionscompany for airport services was the catalyst that put together the AspenSki Plane program. He later presented the Crested Butte Ski Jet venueproposal to United, on behalf of the ski company, and was again successfulin coordinating procedures and implementation processes for all entitiesinvolved. "The Ski Plane Program is rapidly becoming synonymous withvalue," Joe said. "I'm excited to be able to provide quick, easy access tothose front range skiers who always wanted to give Crested Butte a try, butdid not have the time to get there. This new service will provide them theopportunity free of the I-70 hassle." Unlike the Aspen Ski Plane package day program, Crested Butte will offerDenver and front range skiers and riders two nights lodging at the SheratonCrested Butte Resort, one day of skiing, ground transfers from theGunnison/Crested Butte Airport and round trip coach class air fare on thedaily scheduled United Airbus 319, a 120 passenger jet. This new packagewill be available any day of the week, space permitting, for $199.00 perperson, including all taxes and airport charges. Due to the limited time and busy schedules of front range business men andwomen, the package is designed to give skiers and riders an effective,inexpensive and efficient way to ski or ride Crested Butte without wastingprecious time traveling. Passengers will depart Denver International Airport (DIA) at 8:00 PM andarrive at the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport at 9:00 PM. Travelers willbe transported, via Alpine Express, to their accommodations at the Sheratonafter collecting their luggage.
After a good night's sleep, the spectacular mountain awaits them for a fullday of skiing or riding. That evening, guests can enjoy apres ski anddinner at one of the fine restaurants in Crested Butte, touted as having"more fine restaurants per capita than any other ski town in America." Ski Jet guests will rise and shine the next morning to depart on the UnitedAirbus at 9:00 AM, arriving back at DIA an hour later in time to get to theoffice, grocery store or meet someone for lunch. "We are delighted we've been able to find a way to offerDenver-Gunnison/Crested Butte air service that will successfully meet theneeds of our Colorado customers who find it difficult to take the time todrive to Crested Butte," said Edward Callaway, CBMR President and CEO."We've wanted to find a way to affordably get the front range skier andrider here. Thanks to the collective efforts of United Airlines, JoeO'Brien and CBMR, this package will enable us to serve our Denver basedcustomers and provide them an option to ski Crested Butte that may becurrently underserved." "We believe Denver travelers will prefer our all-jet nonstop service toGunnison/Crested Butte for several reasons," said Joe O'Brien. "First, thejet has 120 seats and is fast, quiet and extremely comfortable vs. thesmaller aircrafts that fly the same route. Second, the schedules are timedso the traveler gets the most use out of the day and does not spend timeduring the middle of the day traveling. Third, some of our customers willbe able to enjoy first class!" So, Front Range Skiers and Riders--Just Do It! Come experience and enjoythe "Last Great Colorado Ski Town" this season by taking off in the NEWCrested Butte Ski Jet. As Newsweek reporter David Gates summed up hisexperience: "It's a splendid place and an idyllic Colorado town." United's Denver-Gunnison/Crested Butte Airbus ski jet package will go onsale Thursday, January 24, 2002, through Saturday, April 6, 2002. Thispackage can only be booked through Cressted Butte Vacations at1-800-643-9516. Package is based on double occupancy and based onavailability. Package is only good on the United Airbus daily scheduledservice. Longer packages also available. Call 1-800-643-9516 for details.