There is so much to savor in Crested Butte, Colorado making it difficult to pick the one thing that makes this place so great. For some, it might be flying down the steep front side run known as International. For others, it might be getting fresh tracks on one of the mountain’s upper un-groomed trails. There is so much diverse terrain at Crested Butte, there is surely the perfect trail for everyone.
Located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, in the West Elk Range, Crested Butte is a town rich in history. Originally a coal mining town, Crested Butte’s Elk Avenue has been registered a National Historic District. The Crested Butte ski area first opened in the 1960’s when two men – Fred Rice and Dick Eflin – purchased a ranch on Mt. Crested Butte. Now operated by the Mueller family, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is one of the best ski areas in North America.
Expert skiers will not be disappointed with the extreme terrain available at Crested Butte. Take one of the T-bar lifts to the more advanced areas of the mountain and spend the entire day exploring. You will often find powder stashes even days after new snow fall. The front side of the mountain provides plenty of beginner and intermediate trails for those looking for a less daring day on the slopes. With so much to offer, it really is hard to pick the one thing that makes Crested Butte so great. Check out author Moira McCarthy’s Crested Butte experience here McCarthy: Colorado’s Crested Butte a Real Rocky Mountain High
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