For the ultimate Colorado Rocky Mountain experience Crested Butte is your destination. During the summer, Crested Butte’s claim to fame is the “official wildflower capital of Colorado” and the “last great Colorado ski town” during the winter. It does not have the hubbub corporate feel like many of its counterpart resorts making it perfect for a hassle free family vacation or for the quintessential mancation.
Located 28 miles from the Guinnison-Crested Butte Regional Airpot (GUC) or four and half hours from Denver International Airport (DEN), Crested Butte is in the heart of the scenic Rocky Mountains. Like many of Colorado’s ski towns, Crested Butte’s roots come from mining when coal and silver mines started to open in the 1860s. To this day, its Victorian vibe sometimes feels close to a ghost-town. But do not be fooled by its small town feel, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers some of the best backcountry skiing in the state of Colorado as well as great terrain for any type of beginner skier or snowboarder. With over 400 acres of double black diamond terrain, Crested Butte’s reputation as an expert mountain precedes itself. There are also a ton of beginner trails and other activities perfect for those newbie legs that can’t handle a full day of skiing. These activities include a Bungee Trampoline, a tubing hill and a newly installed zipline tour, which is a two hour long experience.
The town and the people, however, are what make this mountain destination a hidden gem among ski vacation destinations. The small town feel lets visitors and locasl rub elbows at restaurants, bars and on the ski mountain. This local feel is unique among ski towns. With a booming winter sport industry that caters to luxury vacation seekers typically, Crested Butte manages to stay among the authentic ski towns left that are there for the adventure seeker and passionate skier/snowboarder.
This does not mean that there isn’t room for luxury. The Elevation Hotel and Spa in the center of Crested Butte Mountain Village is a ski-in/ski-out resort property that has all the bells and whistles of any luxury ski lodge. The hotel includes a 11,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, sundeck with a fire pit, 21,000 square-feet of meeting space, a business center, a ski and snowboard rental shop onsite, 24-hour front desk, ski valet, complimentary ski storage, complimentary yoga classes, complimentary Crested Butte town shuttle and in-suite dining from the restaurant 9,380 Prime Restaurant & Bar. And the list goes on….
So next time if you are looking for a guys’ weekend getaway where extreme is the name of the game or for a family fun-filled week look to Crested Butte. The balanced town and mountain resort give any traveler an exceptional and unfettered ski vacation with an authentic western twist.
- Laura Daly, Marketing Team