Crested Butte The “Last Great Colorado Ski Town”
Rightfully dubbed the “Last Great Colorado Ski Town”, Crested Butte offers the small town charm most may have thought has been lost with the continued growth of the ski industry. Tucked away at the end of the road, high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte has often been overlooked for more easily accessed ski resorts such as Breckenridge, Avon or Vail. Over the past few years however, Crested Butte’s charm has started to be recognized as more visitors from the Front Range are making the trip. More and more people are discovering that skipping the I-70 traffic is well worth the drive to Crested Butte. With over 200 inches of snow on average annually and little to no lift lines, you can enjoy spending your day skiing Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s 1,547 acres of excellent terrain. From some of the best extreme terrain in North America to runs the whole family and skiers of all levels will enjoy, Crested Butte Mountain Resort has something for everyone. If you’re looking for more adventure, hit the backcountry with Irwin Guides and ski some of the best backcountry terrain you’ll ever experience. Just 10 miles outside of Crested Butte, the historic “ghost” town of Irwin, CO and it’s surrounding backcountry terrain is blessed with an average of over 600 inches of Colorado powder each year. After a satisfying day of skiing, take a stroll up historic Elk Avenue and a step back in time to when ski towns weren’t lined with Gucci and overpriced restaurants. Sure, you’ll find fine dining in Crested Butte but you’ll also still find family restaurants, wild saloons for after ski apres as well as plenty of cheap eats. It’s not just the best skiing in Colorado, it’s the small town charm and friendly locals that make Crested Butte the “Last Great Colorado Ski Town”.
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Skier: Dave Bunt  Photo Credit: Trent Bona