Rustic charm in an authentic Colorado ski town.
Very few places remain as special and authentic as that of Crested Butte, CO. Not only is it known as “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town,” but it also encapsulates beauty and authentic charm rarely seen. Part of that beauty is why it is the official Wildflower capital of Colorado! Spend a little time in this majestic area and you will soon learn why.
Crested Butte’s history is rich and plentiful. The East River valley where Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are nestled were once home to the Ute Indians. Crested Butte was officially established as a town in 1860, and during the 60’s and 70’s became a bustling community supported by coal and silver mining. Hefty miners would ski from all locations down to the town to get food, supplies and visit with friends. To this day, Crested Butte, CO has one of Colorado’s largest National Historic Districts. These facts are still prevalent when visiting Crested Butte’s historic old town area.
Far removed from any major city or interstate, Crested Butte has been able to preserve its unique small town charm, and to this day you can clearly see a strong sense of community, kindness and enchantment. When Crested Butte Ski Resort was established in 1961, it created a wonderful dichotomy of the old and new. Not only did it open up what some consider some of the best skiing in Colorado, nevertheless it also introduced a various mix of recreational amenities, lodging and dining for all to enjoy.
When spending time in Crested Butte you will come across Victorian storefronts and smiling locals. We should mention though that it’s not all sleepy ski town and backwoods adventures. Crested Butte provides an impressive collection of art galleries, dance, theatre and musical entertainment. The Denver Post’s Michael Carlton once Wrote, "Crested Butte has more fine restaurants per capita than any other town in the U.S."
Today’s Crested Butte Ski Resort and Mountain is a plush interchange of shopping, dining, conference facilities, and recreational amenities. There is a wide array of lodging accommodations from ski in and ski out suites to small bed and breakfast inns.
Above all else, the ski and snowboard terrain offered on Mt. Crested Butte is a marvelous concoction of easy going glades to challenging chutes for only the extreme. Offering 14 lifts and over 2,700 vertical feet of terrain you are sure to find your piece of heaven on this mountain! Crested Butte is also home to the annual National Extreme Skiing and Snowboarding Championships. If you have never witnessed one of these competitions you are sure to be blown away!
Crested Butte might feel like a world removed, surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, but it actually is quite accessible compared to any other resort destination. You can easily fly directly into the Gunnison/Crested Butte airport from any United States location, and international flights are also available.
So if you like genuine people, amazing skiing, no crowds and authentic old west charm, Crested Butte is the place for you! Whatever your preferences may be, you can expect to have an amazing experience both on and off the mountain when visiting Crested Butte, Colorado.