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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crested Butte’s Flauschink Wraps Up Ski Season

The last weekend of ski and snowboard season isn’t a quiet occasion in “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town,” Crested Butte, where the expected rarely happens. Locals and visitors will be flushing out winter and welcoming spring at the 44th annual Flauschink, April 4 – 8, and on the closing weekend at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. 
Pre-Flauschink festivities begin on Wednesday, April 4 with a 7pm slide show at the Talk of the Town. 
Flauschink officially kicks off with a coronation ball held on Friday, April 6 at 9pm to crown the new king and queen and enjoy an evening of polka dancing (a Crested Butte tradition) with the Pete Dunda Polka Band at The Eldo.  
A parade on Saturday, April 7, honors the king and queen of Flauschink as they proudly raise scepters made from toilet plungers (with a dual function as beverage holders), gives “Has-Been” royalty the chance to wear their crowns and ride on a float again, and provides a reason to rain down fun on Elk Avenue, Crested Butte’s historic business district.  The parade will begin at 5pm.
On Sunday, April 8, the festival and ski season will draw to a fitting close with the Flauschink king and queen holding court on the slopes at Crested Butte Mountain Resort after a weekend of fun at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Skiers and snowboarders pass by Flauschink Hill, above the Uley’s Cabin deck, to toast royalty.
To find out more about Gunnison-Crested Butte’s calendar of events and other personalized vacation packages, visit Gunnison-Crested Butte or call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s toll-free number (800) 814-8893.  
For more information about top events in Colorado take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Colorado .