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Big Mine Warming House Expansion Project


The Big Mine Warming House Expansion Project is a collaborative community effort between Crested Butte Nordic, West Elk Hockey Association, and the Town of Crested Butte striving to enhance the Warming House facility located at Big Mine Park.  Architectural plans call for rink-level hockey changing rooms and common spaces; training area-level public warming house amenities including rental, retail, restroom, and lounge spaces; and upper level office spaces, Nordic team spaces, and a rink viewing area.  


The existing Warming House, built in 1993, serves the winter programming for Big Mine Park including Nordic skiing, hockey, and sledding.  Big Mine Park is a historic site and in situ artifacts exist in close proximity to the Warming House.  The demands on the Warming House have significantly increased since its construction, and in 2010 the Town of Crested Butte completed a Parks and Recreation Regional Master Plan that states, “The Warming House/Nordic

Center facilities are too small to support optimal usage for hockey teams, especially for any tournaments or multi-game events. Often hockey games or events are occurring during prime Nordic activities as well, creating even more demand for these limited facilities during peak usage times.” 

In 2015 the Town completed a Big Mine Park Master Plan that makes the recommendation to, “Expand current facilities on site through development of new buildings, additions, and structures to meet the recreational programs and growing demands of the primary uses: Big Mine Ice Arena, Nordic Center, Sledding Hill, and Trailhead.”  This project will do just that with the renovation and expansion of the Warming House. 


The estimated project cost for this 9,700 sq. ft. facility is $3.5 million.  The funding is anticipated to come from a variety of sources including the Town of Crested Butte Capital Fund, grant awards, private donors, and dasher board ads. 

Project Timeline

April - August, 2017: Design Development 

September - December, 2017: Design Approvals and Construction Document Development

2018: Fundraising

Spring 2019: Construction Commences