Colorado's True Colors...
There are few places remaining that can be called a true Colorado ski town.
Crested Butte is considered a holdout, retaining its small town charm and the
adventurous soul that it has always had. Whether you are visiting for the
first time or returning, you immediately feel a difference that sets Crested
Butte apart from other mountain locations. With no traffic lights or chain
stores and people who openly celebrate life every day, the genuine nature of
the community and the pristine surroundings immediately capture you. Here,
your time isn't just about a visit to ski an incredible mountain. It's about
being away from your other world, finding adventure in an unspoiled setting
surrounded by majestic peaks, wide valleys, and being connected to the culture
and lifestyle that is Crested Butte.
Crested Butte inspires a passion for adventure within you no matter what your
quest may be. From the moment you walk the streets of the historic mining town
and meet the people who live here or view the ski mountain's crested peak for
the first time you can tell this is a special place that stirs your inner
sprit. The ski mountain has a natural character that is both distinctive and
exhilarating for any ability level. From the abundant wide open green and blue
groomed trails to more advanced long cruisers and the famous extreme limits of
the North Face and Headwall, the mountain has it all. Crested Butte is
recognized as the home to some of the country's top extreme and elite winter
athletes, names such as Seth Morrison and Wendy Fisher who pioneered big
mountain skiing are synonymous with the Butte. On any day you can find
yourself skiing runs with a number of skiing legends or new school superstars.
It is easy to see why so many young people are attracted to the scene in CB.
The mountain has some of the easiest access to what is considered to be the
countries best steeps where you can find classic bowl skiing or unexplored
lines on every run. Crested Butte has always been known as the perfect
mountain to improve your skiing because of the diverse terrain and easy
progression from beginner, intermediate and advanced sections of the mountain.
This unique character of the mountain combined with uncrowned slopes,
fantastic grooming and snow conditions gives one a sense of freedom and
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This is a friendly, open and caring community with a stubborn streak that
still holds tight to its heritage and was once called "the town that wouldn't
die" because of its ability to survive the booms and busts of the Colorado's
mining days. The past is as important as the future here and new acquaintances
seem to naturally develop into lifelong friendships. For those who have not
visited Crested Butte before, they are sometimes surprised to find that there
are actually two towns. The historic mining town of Crested Butte dating back
to 1880 and the town of Mt. Crested Butte which encompasses the modern ski
resort base area with its hotels spas, retail stores and restaurants. The two
towns complement each other and are connected by a fantastic and colorful free
shuttle service. There is a real community in Crested Butte which makes it
feel different from almost every other ski resort in the west. Real people
live, work and play here, and welcome visitors as though they were close
friends. As one local put it, "This is a great place to find yourself...or to
just get lost for a while."