Zones: Crested Butte, Colorado
Every wonder if there's still a place where the horses run free and snowboarding remains pure and raw? As seen in dreams, Crested Butte is all that and more. A historical mining town set hours away from the hustle and bustle of city life, CB stays true with no street lights or chain stores clogging up the town or hindering the vibe. For the first installment of this week's Zones, get to know Crested Butte, Colorado.
30 minutes outside Gunnison, 150 Miles east of Grand Junction or 230 miles west of Denver lies Crested Butte, Colorado. "Crested Butte is the last great undiscovered ski town in Colorado with all the charm of a 19th century mining town combined with 21st century comforts."
Fly right into the Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport, just 30 miles down the road from Crested Butte. American and United Airlines run daily service. Car rentals are available at the airport, but the Alpine Express Shuttle can take you directly to your destination as well. A car is optional since there are free local shuttles once you get into town.
From the famous extreme limits of the North Face and Headwall to a good amount of intermediate terrain, Crested Butte Mountain is an exploration all its own. The terrain has also been expanded this season adding acreage in the Teocalli Bowl to an area know as Teo II. This expert bowl is accessed by the high lift at the top of the mountain and adds to the region known as the Extreme Limits. Even thought Crested Butte promotes big mounting slaying, if you must get your park fix check out the Gold Link and Cascade Terrain Parks and Superpipe.
Annual Snow Fall- 300 inches
Elevation: Summit- 12,162 feet
Base- 9,375 feet
Skiable Acres- 1,167
Lift Ticket Pricing- Halfday at $63, Full Day $87. Single and multi-days deals are available with advance purchase.
For the latest deals check out www.skicb.com
The Grand Lodge- The Grand Lodge Hotel and Condos are just that with complete amenities including a restaurant, pool, hot tub and a full- service spa.
Mountaineer Square- Located in the village, the Mountaineer Square is a convenient and easy choice for those looking for a full on-mountain experience.
Elevation Hotel and Spa- For a more urban, contemporary vibe, check out the Elevation Hotel and Spa. After a day on the hill, hang on the Slopeside Deck or treat yourself to a massage at Elevation Spa.
For a wide-ranged listing, including condo rentals check out Crested Butte Properties
Slopeside Deck at Elevation Hotel
Uley's Cabin- Uley's Cabin and Ice Bar is conveniently located on the mountain offering an upscale lunch and dinner experience surrounded by a picturesque landscape, in a comfortable setting. For a unique dining option try the Sleighride dinner where the adventure there and back is part of the adventure.
Camp for Coffee- With two locations and coffee made by locals who take pride in quality, Camp For Coffee is where to go for a lift. Also serving a variety of breakfast food items.
Gas Cafe- For a hearty sit-down breakfast the Gas Cafe is the place to go. Open for breakfast and lunch the Gas Cafe offers hometown favorites sure to fill you up for a full day on the hill.
Django's Restaurant and Wine Bar- Highly recommended by locals and visitors, Django's is a winner. It's South European flair complete with small plates and an extensive wine list will make you forget you're in a ski town.
The Secret Stash- Who doesn't like pizza and good pizza at that? This quaint and eclectic pizzeria also provides an exotic cocktail list leaving a lasting impression on all who venture. www.thesecretstash.com
Teocalli Tamale- Try Teocalli Tamale if you are seeking a Mexican fix. Relax in a quaint environment while filling up on handmade tamales and margaritas without breaking the bank.
The Lobar- From Battle of the Bands to live music acts and DJ's, the Lobar is a great spot to let loose after a long day on the hill. Located downstairs in the historic Company Store, Lobar's lounge atmosphere is a must visit.
Talk of the Town- Play football, pool, video games or just be a people watcher at Talk of the Town. Offering a great happy hour from 3-8pm daily come in for apres, or cruise by for a fun evening with friends.
Photos courtesy of Alex Fenlon, Nathon Bilow, Chris Segal and Crested Butte