Progressive Bonfire Dinner on Skis or Snowshoes in Crested Butte, Colorado

The Crested Butte Nordic Council’s annual Progressive Bonfire Dinner is a unique culinary journey that takes participants along a luminary-lit 4K trail for a four-star, four-course, four-fire meal.  Snowshoes and Nordic skis are the mode of transportation, and the camaraderie of sitting around crackling fires and dining on good food and warm drinks along the way makes this event on March 19 one truly for the memory books.

Beginning at 5 p.m., diners will be greeted at the first fire at the Town Ranch trailhead located behind Crested Butte Community School with a cup of hot wine or cocoa to sip to enjoy while sitting on straw bales.  The next three stops are for the appetizer, soup, entrée, and dessert courses.

Progressive Bonfire Dinner participants not only will feel warm in spirit and full in the belly, they will be supporting the Gunnison/Crested Butte Junior Nordic Ski Team.  Reservations are required, with seatings beginning every half hour starting at 5 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets cost $40 for adults and $15 for children.

Reservations are required.  Call the Crested Butte Nordic Center at (970) 349-1707.

Crested Butte Nordic Center Facts

The Crested Butte Nordic Center is a full-service cross-country ski center providing lessons and complete rental packages for skate and classical skiing, as well as ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding.  The Nordic Center maintains more than 50 kilometers of groomed trails that meander around the outskirts Crested Butte and offers backcountry, moonlight and lunch tours and Nordic events and ski programs (e.g., Master Skiers, Gray Hares and Junior Nordic Team).

Located in the heart of town at Second Street and Whiterock, the Nordic Center is open for the 2010/2011 winter season from Nov. 20, 2010 – April 3, 2011, and is connected to Crested Butte Mountain Resort and various stops in Crested Butte by a free shuttle bus.  For more information about the Crested Butte Nordic Center and its winter 2010/2011 calendar of events, visit

Gunnison County is home to a plethora of Nordic talent such as 2006 Olympian and 2009 Birkebeiner champion Rebecca Dussault; Ingrid Butts, former Olympian and 1991 American Birkebeiner champion; Kendall Butts, former Olympic coach; and Ross Matlock, PSIA examiner and demo team member.

Visitor Information & Personalized Vacation Packages

To find out more about Gunnison County or to book personalized vacation packages, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free line, (800) 814-8893, or visit

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