Crested Butte Lodging Deals
15 Elk Ave.,
Crested Butte Ski
Best For: Families hoping to raise the next freeskiing world champion
Like its Colorado siblings Aspen and Telluride, Crested Butte is a
remote, high-elevation former mining town of historic buildings
surrounded by spectacular scenery. Crested Butte, though, has a
different, more counterculture character than its glossy
counterparts—it’s funkier, saltier, more altimeter watch than Rolex.
There are restaurants in back-alley log cabins and buildings sided with
old license plates, and the free shuttle buses to the ski area are
wildly painted by local artists. There are currently no chain stores,
and with a population of only 1,487, shopping options may be limited.
But that’s the point. You don’t come here to shop or be seen, you come
here to ski and to revel in the surrounding Elk Mountains and one of the
most eclectic, adventurous playgrounds in the Rockies.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is three miles up the road, and the base
village, part of the town of Mt. Crested Butte, offers conveniently
located hotels and condo blocks. There are plenty of dedicated beginner
and kid-friendly terrain on the lower mountain, as well as a reasonable
collection of blue groomers mid-mountain, but it’s the expert skiing and
hiking terrain on the North Face, Teocalli Bowl, and around the peak of
Crested Butte mountain itself that give the mountain its cult-like
following. Crested Butte pioneered adventure skiing, or running lifts
specifically for access to ungroomed, advanced terrain, and the steep,
cliff- and couloir-riddled, in-bounds terrain it serves up is as hairy
as any in the country. There’s a reason countless extreme skiing and
snowboarding competitions have been held here. The ski school also
offers powder and steep skiing instruction for intermediates looking to
Ask a Local
One of the original female extreme skiers, Wendy Fisher is a former
Olympian, seven-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, and two-time World
Extreme Skiing champion. A resident of Crested Butte since 1996, she’s
currently a ski ambassador for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where she
teaches ski clinics and private lessons. Here are her recommendations.
Budget: Crested Butte International Lodge & Hostel
Swank: The Lodge at Mountaineer Square
Cheap: Teocalli Tamale
Gourmet: Soupçon Bistro
Best After-Ski Party Spot
On the mountain it would be Avalanche Bar & Grill; in town, it’s Talk of
Best Rest-Day Activity
Take a dogsledding tour with Lucky Cat Dog Farm, or learn to drive a
Snowcat on a closed course at the resort.
Crested Butte’s Classic Ski Run
“For ungroomed runs I would consider Spellbound to Phoenix off the
North Face lift,” says Fisher. “For groomed trails, hands down it’s
Inspire Your Passion for Adventure
Visit “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town” and experience the difference
that sets Crested Butte apart from other mountain destinations. The
lively historic town, premier ski mountain, and dramatic landscape with
endless recreation opportunities offer the perfect backdrop for an
unforgettable vacation. With wide open groomers, great beginner terrain
and some of the best extreme terrain in North America, Crested Butte
Mountain Resort is among the top destination ski resorts in the west.
Beyond skiing, guests can truly experience this ski town with numerous
adventure-driven activities, an exquisite culinary scene, fun family
programs and “uniquely Crested Butte” events.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers some of the steepest lift-served
ski terrain in the USA. Extreme Limits is 550 acres of steep and deep,
backcountry-style, expert-only skiing and riding. Author/extreme skier
Lito Tejada-Flores calls Extreme Limits "the best adventure skiing in
the Rockies." If you want challenge, this is the place to go. Beyond the
extremes, most of the trails are ideal for beginners to intermediates,
so there is plenty of inspiring terrain for everyone. Crested Butte
Mountain Resort offers programs ranging from adult and kids ski and
snowboard classes to race workshops and special programs. More than
1,500 acres and 2,775 vertical feet (lift served) of varied terrain
await skiers and boarders of all abilities.
Crested Butte is also home of Colorado's first X Games, the Annual U.S.
Extreme Freeskiing and Boarderfest Championships, the Elk Mountain Grand
Traverse and colorful, entertaining events like the Al Johnson
Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race.
Crested Butte offers phenomenal skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling,
backcountry adventures, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and sledding.
Dogsled tours and horse drawn sleigh-rides are also available. Dining,
gallery-hopping, shopping,and spa services are some of the best apres
ski activities - visit the shops at the Treasury Center, (located
slopeside) or stroll the historic town of Crested Butte for a unique
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