Nordic Inn Renovated, Retains Classic Colorado Ski Lodge Vibe

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Gunnison County’s longest operating lodge, Nordic Inn, has announced that it underwent a complete interior and exterior renovation that retains the property’s Colorado classic appeal while delivering contemporary amenities. Located in Mt. Crested Butte, only steps from the ski area base, this year-round property was purchased in November 2012 by local owners from Allen and Judy Cox, who owned the Nordic Inn for more than 40 years.

Renovations were completed in two stages beginning in 2012 with the public spaces and 15 guestrooms finished in time for ski season and the remainder of the work wrapping up in June 2013. All 28 guestrooms, common spaces, the exterior and an on-property chalet that sleeps eight were renovated.

The main floor lobby, breakfast room and great room now feel like a Colorado mountain home and are ideal for lounging, playing games, reading a book and planning the next day’s adventures. Wireless Internet access, daily continental breakfast and free parking are among the complementary amenities. There is also the added convenience of a free electric ski resort shuttle that runs from the Nordic Inn parking lot to the base area in winter, and the free Mountain Express bus that travels the two miles into Crested Butte year-round.

All guest rooms on the main floor have hardwood floors that are well-suited for the mountain lifestyle and guests bringing pets. Two of these rooms are ADA accessible, making it convenient for clients of the nearby Adaptive Sports Center and others needing easy access. On the second story, rooms have newly carpeted floors and ceilings adorned with reclaimed pine beetle wood. Solid wood doors, new bathroom fixtures, granite countertops, ceiling fans, dual pod coffee makers, 400 thread count linens, Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, down pillows and comforters, and Basic Earth brand personal care products are features in all rooms.

For guests seeking more living space and additional amenities and features, Nordic Inn has the Signature Mountain Suite and Nordic King Mountain Loft. The Signature Mountain Suite features two queen beds, one and one-half baths, a living room, full, with hardwood floors throughout. The Mountain Loft is privately located on the second floor away from other guestrooms and has a custom king bed, vaulted wood beam ceilings, a bathroom complete with an oversized steam shower for two, and a refrigerator, microwave and espresso machine

The lower level of the inn has been transformed into a meeting and event space for groups of up to 60, complete with an over-sized, flat-panel television and leather furniture. Catering is available through Maxwell’s, a restaurant in downtown Crested Butte. There also is a new bike storage room with a nearby exit door that leads to bike washing and repair stations. Also outdoors is a newly installed patio with a new hot tub that is accessed by heated sidewalks.

Attention was paid to retaining iconic features such as the great room fireplace modeled after one Allen Cox admired in Germany and a hand-painted tile ski scene located on the landing of the second floor. Before opening as the Nordic Inn in 1962, only one year after Crested Butte Ski Area launched, the structure was a dormitory with storage closets lining one hallway that the new owners converted into ski/snowboard storage with a ski and snowboard boot dryer nearby.

The hiking trails between Crested Butte and Aspen are among the most legendary high alpine treks in North America. Nordic Inn has partnered with Limelight Hotel in downtown Aspen to provide a Crested Butte/Aspen Hiking & Lodging experience. Start the adventure by staying the first night in either town, hiking to the other for the second night and returning on foot or in style via a private limousine, helicopter or airplane. Nordic Inn also will provide a SPOT Satellite Connect device at no extra charge to provide hikers with connection to the outside world while traversing terrain that does not have cell phone reception. This packages starts for as little as $299 per person and is available when trail conditions allow, approximately late June until October 1.

With the recent announcement that Crested Butte Mountain Resort is lowering adult season pass prices by more than 40%, Nordic Inn has created the first-ever B&B/Ski Season Pass. This unique pass includes unlimited skiing all winter at CBMR and 10 nights of bed and breakfast lodging at Nordic Inn that can be used for multiple visits at any time from November 20 through April 6, 2014. The cost is $1,899 for one person and $2,498 for two people traveling together and staying in a Signature King Room ($1,249 each). Additional nights of lodging beyond the 10 nights can be purchased at a 40% savings from the Nordic Inn’s regular rates.

If a guest has already purchased a Crested Butte Peak Pass or if cross-country skiing and other winter activities are preferred, a 10-night B&B Only Pass is available for $1,450, again good for a Signature King Room during ski season. Both passes are on sale now through September 27.

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