Gunnison County’s longest operating lodge, Nordic Inn, underwent a complete interior and exterior renovation that retains the property’s Colorado classic appeal while delivering contemporary amenities. Located in Mt. Crested Butte, 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 designed 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 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 guestrooms on the main floor have hardwood floors. Two of these rooms are ADA accessible 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 amenities 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 has two queen beds, one and one-half baths and a living room, 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 aspects of the property 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.