Crested Butte – A Diamond in the Rough

Kim and I visited Crested Butte last weekend to spend a few days outside the Vail Valley.  We had a fabulous time.  We were lucky that Nick Herrin, Director, Resort Services & The Ski and Ride School for Crested Butte, was able to hook us up with some discounts for lodging and lift tickets.

We stayed at The Elevation Hotel in Mt.  Crested Butte, which is the small village at the base of the mountain.  It is not only a wonderful hotel with large, comfortable guest rooms, it is located just steps from the lifts.  The rooms come equipped with a small kitchen and separate living room area.  The only item on our wish list was an outdoor hot tub.

The skiing was amazing.  Both Kim and I like skiing the steeps and we got our fill.  Crested Butte has some of the steepest, most gnarly terrain we have skied.  Some of the more popular expert runs still needed some snow to completely cover the rocks but nearly everything was skiable.

We really enjoyed the runs off the North Face T-Bar.  That is Kim in the photos skiing Hawk’s Nest, a double black diamond.  The snow was excellent and the bumps well shaped.

Kim and I explored a couple of local restaurants at night and came away well satisfied.  We ate at Django’s, a tapas restaurant in Mt. Crested Butte.  The restaurant offered a variety of dishes we could share.  The signature dish is deep fried brussel sprouts, something we wondered about but thoroughly enjoyed.

The next night we tried Maxwell’s in Crested Butte, a short 15 minute bus ride down the mountain from Mt. Crested Butte.  Maxwell’s is a local steak house full of life and character.  The food was excellent, the portions generous, and the prices reasonable.

I can highly recommend Crested Butte if you are thinking of a vacation to a beautiful mountain destination.





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