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CRESTED BUTTE

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The old western style family friendly resort of Crested Butte COLORADO USA has more challenging and extreme double black diamond terrain than any other resort in Colorado.

Extreme Limits Terrain at Crested Butte

The Extreme Limits back country terrain is spread across 550 acres. The area is never groomed and littered with narrow steep chutes, gullies, 35+ foot cliff drops and tight trees. The US Extreme Freeskiing Championships are held at Crested Butte every year as is the recently introduced Extreme Limits Competition which snowboarders can now compete in.

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Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Crested Butte

Crystal and Twister runs located under the Twister Chairlift offer steep and extreme mogul runs, while the long groomed 2.6 mile Treasury Trail is fantastic for warm up runs in the mornings before heading off piste. The past few years has seen the extreme expert terrain expanded in the Teocalli Bowl adding two extra chutes, Teo-2 and Teo2.5. Mountain guides are advised for first time skiers and boarders who want to venture off piste into the Extreme Limits terrain.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Crested Butte

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders should not be concerned with all the extreme terrain at Crested Butte; there are more than enough wide open uncrowded corduroy groomed trails to go round. The fast tree lined trails of the East River area being a particular intermediate favourite. In the 2006/2007 winter season the East River lift was replaced with a high speed quad chairlift cutting the waiting time in half for skiers and snowboarders. In addition the last summer season saw more brush cutting performed on all of the Crested Butte trails and snowmaking facilities improved making skiing and snowboarding on groomed trails all the more enjoyable.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Crested Butte

The Red Lady Express Chairlift only has easy beginner trails leading back down to the base village and is a great spot for beginners to gain confidence.

The award winning CB Mountain School have instructors catering for all levels from absolute beginners to those just wanting to touch up on their powder turns.

Crested Butte Terrain Park and Pipe

Crested Butte has a 400 foot long DC Superpipe and 2 terrain parks. The ever expanding advanced DC Terrain Park tests riders ability with awesome jibs, jumps and rails. A new intermediate terrain park was built for the 2008/2009 winter season offering smaller features.

Crested Butte Mountain Guides

Crested Butte Mountain Guides are available for back country skiing and snowboarding powder tours into the Elk Mountains. Tours are offered for individuals or groups and can last for 1 day, multi days or overnight tours where guests stay in warm alpine huts. Crested Butte Mountain Guides also offer avalanche training, ice climbing and guide training courses.

Other Activities at Crested Butte

Off the skis and snowboard visitors to Crested Butte can enjoy snow tubing, dog sleigh rides, horse riding, snowshoeing tours, climbing walls, ice skating, bungee trampolining and cross country skiing.

Crested Butte Village Nightlife

Butte 66 BBQ Roadhouse is the most popular après ski bar famous for its BBQ ribs served with 3 speciality sauces and the enormous slope side deck with awesome mountain views. The Atmosphere Bar in the Elevation Hotel is busy from 3pm onwards with après ski signature cocktails and live bands.

For those who don't want to stop skiing or snowboarding enjoy the Last Tracks Dinner at The Ice Bar & restaurant. Catch the Red Lady Express Chairlift then ski or snowboard to the Ice Bar & Restaurant for a gourmet dinner where afterwards you can ski, snowboard or snowshoe back to the village in a torchlight procession.

Restaurants at the Town of Crested Butte

While the Mt Crested Butte Village has some lovely restaurants the majority are located in the historic mining town of Crested Butte just 3 miles down the road.
Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican and seafood restaurants are just some of the cuisines available.

The funky Secret Stash restaurant attracts the 'cool crowd'; set in a 100 year old mining cabin serving gourmet pizzas and every alcoholic drink imaginable!

Crested Butte Nightlife at the Town of Crested Butte

The Princess Wine Bar has award wining wines and single malt scotch on offer while those looking to party head to the number 1 nightspot Talk of the Town.

Free shuttle buses link Mt Crested Butte Village to the Town of Crested Butte and operate consistently during the day and into the evenings.

With recent new ownership Crested Butte is experiencing continued upgrades and new construction on both the mountain and base village.

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D. Smith, Denver CO. Sure Crested Butte is off the beaten path, but that just means that there is more for the taking. In some years, snowfall can be questionable but others, amazing. In good snow years, this is probably one of the best places for a challenging ski trek in the US. The fact the majority of the runs are either Green or Black makes for some beginner/expert terrain. You might consider hiring a guide to help you navigate the terrain. Daily Ski Clinics are offered by Crested Butte but if you're looking for something a bit longer and more adventurous, I recommend Kim Reichhelm's Ski Adventures.

The town itself is superb. Lots of charm and a great eclectic ski scene. Much more friendly and laid back then in Aspen. We stayed at the Elevation Hotel and Spa which was fantastic. The worst part about this place is getting here. You could take a regional flight and then make the short drive to the resort. However, if you just have a car, its' going to be an extremely long drive from wherever else you are coming from. Coupled with possible bad driving conditions, it makes for a long drive trip.

If you have the time and are looking for something more secluded than the major ski resorts in and around Denver, give Crested Butte a shout.

A.Timms, New York. Having vacationed in many Colorado resorts over the years I would have to surmise that Crested Butte is one of the best in the state. Yes, it is isolated however (fortunately) the friendly town is not overly commercialized and still has many family run businesses. On the mountain it is essential that advanced skiers hire a guide a really explore the Phoenix Bowl area, it is like helicopter skiing at only 1/4 of the price! In a nutshell the higher you go up the mountain the more extreme and challenging the trails become. I was fortunate enough to witness a a group of expert skiers descending from the summit down the 'Peak', I've never been more terrified! We stay at the Plaza Condos and love to dine out at least once during the vacation at Le Bosquet Restaurant.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
12,162
3,707
Base
9,375
2,856
Average Snowfall
300 inches
Lifts
16
Trails - view map
121
1,167 acres
Terrain %
advanced
20
intermediate
57
beginner
23
Halfpipe
1 super pipe
Terrain Park
2
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