Crested Butte Travel Guide

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Crested Butte Overview

There are few places remaining that can be called a true Colorado ski town. Crested Butte is considered a holdout, retaining its small town charm and the adventurous soul that it has always had. You immediately feel a difference that sets Crested Butte apart from other mountain locations. Here, your time isn't just about a visit to ski an incredible mountain. It's about being away from your other world, finding adventure in an unspoiled setting surrounded by majestic peaks, wide valleys, and being connected to the culture and lifestyle that is Crested Butte.
The primary winter activity in Crested Butte is skiing or snowboarding at nearby Crested Butte Resort. Backcountry skiing in the surrounding mountains is some of the best in Colorado. The mountain has 14 lifts which serve 1,058 acres of terrain. The town of Crested Butte itself has a Nordic Center which has an ice skating rink as well as many miles of groomed cross country skiing trails.
During the summer months mountain and road biking a very popular. Crested Butte is one of the locations where mountain biking is claimed to have started. Other popular summer activities in Crested Butte include hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Crested Butte hosts a number of summer festivals, including an arts festival, a mountain bike festival, a wildflower festival, a music festival, and a rubber duck race.
For those who have not visited Crested Butte before, they are sometimes surprised to find that there are actually two towns. The historic mining town of Crested Butte dating back to 1880 and the town of Mt. Crested Butte which encompasses the modern ski resort base area with its hotels spas, retail stores and restaurants. The two towns complement each other and are connected by a fantastic and colorful free shuttle service. As unique and quirky as Crested Butte itself, the transportation system is described as fun and reliable with its distinctive hand painted buses and friendly drivers operating all day and night.
Every day, locals ride their bicycles on the snow covered streets to the bus stops in town and join visitors on the six minute ride to the base of the mountain.
There is a real community in Crested Butte which makes it feel different from almost every other ski resort in the west. Real people live, work and play here, and welcome visitors as though they were close friends.

Crested Butte has grown to at least triple the size in the last five years.

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