Take a Ski Vacation at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte, located in west central Colorado within the wilderness of the Elk Mountains in Gunnison National Forest, offers skiers a vacation they will remember for years to come.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
12 Snowmass Road
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-2222
www.skicb.com

The statistics are stunning. The mountain offers over 1,100 skiable acres, with four high-speed quad lifts, 10 other lifts and two magic carpets. The lifts can move more than 20,000 people an hour. Snowfall averages 300 inches a year. There are 121 trails, with 23 percent for beginners, 57 percent intermediate trails and 20 percent for advanced skiers. The summit is 12,162 feet and the vertical drop is 3,062 feet. The trails range from the double black diamond trails like Banana Funnel, Rambo or Pinball to intermediate level trails like Ruby Chief and Keystone. Beginners have trails too: Kubla, Lower Twister and Houston. All trails are well marked. The longest run is 2.6 miles (Peak to Treasury).

There is an excellent ski and ride school with private and group lessons for adults and children. For those skiers advanced enough, the resort has over 500 acres of Extreme Limits back country skiing, which is never groomed, and filled with gullies and cliff drops. Mountain guides are available for those brave enough to try. For snowboarders, there are several terrain parks. Gold Link Terrain Park is a freestyle park off the Painter Boy lift. Jib Keystone is for more advanced boarders with lots of rails and boxes. The Superpipe, located in Terrain Park, is 55 feet wide and 18 feet high, with a 17 degree slope.There is even a Kid's Park for the little ones. When the sun has begun to set, you will appreciate heading back to the comforts of your Crested Butte bed and breakfast.

Crested Butte Nordic Center
620 2nd Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 340-1707
www.cbnordic.org

If you want something different, try cross country skiing. The Crested Butte Nordic Center has 30 miles of groomed trails ranging from easy to difficult. The center also offers day-long back country ski tours through Washington Gulch and the old mining town of Elkton. Visit the center's yurt (a structure similar to those used by Central Asian nomads), located in Magic Meadows and enjoy relaxing in the warmth and glow of a fire. You can even take a moonlight ski and have dinner prepared for you there. Advance reservations are necessary. Snowshoeing and ice skating are also offered by the center, and rentals are available.

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
331 Elk Ave
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-1880
www.crestedbuttemuseum.com

Learn about the history of the area, and what life was like in the late 1800s, when Crested Butte was a booming coal mining town. The museum used to be a hardware store, and there are displays of 19th century items, as well as historical photographs, a mining exhibit and other memorabilia. There are also exhibits on the Denver Rio Grand Railway. You can then browse through the many trendy shops, boutiques and art galleries all around the town. After a full day of vacationing, walk back to your Crested Butte inn and relax.