The Magic Meadows Yurt Dinner Experience

Magic Meadows Yurt


The Magic Meadows Yurt is a back-country Yurt located on Crested Butte Land Trust property in the Slate River Valley.  The Yurt can comfortably seat 40 people and accommodate more if sitting room is not a priority.  It is heated by a wood stove and lit by solar powered lights.  The Yurt has a basic kitchen and serves as a venue for Dinners, Private Parties, and the Backcountry Bistro.

Getting There

The Yurt can only be accessed with skis or snowshoes via a 1 mile groomed trail from the Peanut Lake Trailhead.  The trail is mostly level, with a few rolling hills, taking about 30-45 minutes for beginner skiers and 15-20 minutes for skiers with a bit of experience.  Our Yurt Dinners include guides that will show you the way to the yurt if you desire.

The Yurt Dinner Experience

Gourmet Backcountry Dining 

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On the Evening of the Dinner
You will meet your guides at the Crested Butte Nordic Center who will help you select the proper cross country ski or snowshoe equipment if needed, and then organize transportation from the Nordic Center to the trailhead which is a quick five minutes away.  Your guides will then lead you to the Yurt on our groomed trails.

At the Yurt
Once in the warmth of the Yurt, your guides will become your servers and offer you specialty cocktails from Crested Butte’s Montanya Distillery, wine selections, specialty non-alcoholic drinks, and beer from Elevation Beer Company.  Live music, performed by local musicians accompanies the meal which is prepared by Chef Tim Egelhoff.  One of the most highly regarded chefs in Crested Butte today, Tim Egelhoff has received critical acclaim for his signature Colorado Inspired Cuisine, a style which reintroduces classic European techniques using American artisanal products, local and organic produce and is driven by the dramatic seasons.  At the end of the night, your servers will guide you back to the trailhead.

The evening’s schedule
4:30PM – If you need rental equipment please come to the Nordic Center (620 Second Street-at the corner of Second and Whiterock) early to get fitted with your gear.
5:00PM – Convene at the Nordic Center) to meet your guides, and carpool to the trail head, unless you plan on skiing out on your own.
5:20PM – Ski out to the yurt with your guides.
6:00PM – The doors of the yurt open for cocktails and a mouthwatering appetizer.
6:30PM – Dinner service begins. It is a casual affair usually lasting at least a couple of hours.
Later that evening – Ski back beneath the twinkling stars with a full stomach and a happy spirit.
At the trail-head you will return gear to the van parked at the trail head and make your way home!

Adults – $135
Children – $85

Includes: trail passes, equipment rentals, transportation, guides, a five course dinner, live music, and libations.

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Private Gatherings

How It Works
For private gatherings, we light the wood stove ahead of your event to warm the Yurt and provide a staff member to assist with logistics, clean-up, dishes, and snowmobile transportation of equipment.  You are welcome to use the Yurt dishes and kitchen or we can recommend a caterer for your gathering.  Trail passes for all members of your party are included in the cost of the Yurt rental.  Equipment rentals are not included.

Equipment Rental and Passes
All members of your party must be wearing trail passes and have cross country ski or snowshoe equipment to reach the Yurt.  Stop by the Nordic Center the day of your gathering to pick up equipment and passes.

Cost: $1,000

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made more than two weeks in advance will be refunded less a $100 cancellation fee. 
Cancellations made less than 2 weeks before your event will be refunded 50%.

Please consult the yurt availability calendar here to ensure that your desired date is available. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance.

Reservations for the 2018/2019 Season will open in September 2018.


Backcountry Bistro

The Bistro Serves up organic and gluten-free pastries, treats, teas, fruit and soup, as well as local coffee, delicious pie, hot chai and refreshing libations with a warm fire, sunny deck and local hospitali-tea every Sunday from 10-2 at the Magic Meadows Yurt, on the Nordic trail system. 

The Bistro is hosted by CB Nordic, and sponsored by Mountain Oven Organic Bakery, First Ascent Coffee,Two Leaves and a Bud, and Bhakti Chai.

Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.