The quaint town of Crested Butte, Colorado, a National Historic District located about 230 mi/370 km southwest of Denver, is isolated in the wintertime when the dirt road over Kebler Pass is closed.
Crested Butte's ski area is known for its "Extreme Limits" section—some 448 acres/181 hectares of ungroomed terrain for experts.
There are also 85 groomed trails served by 14 lifts that are more appropriate for beginning and intermediate skiers.
The village at the base of the mountain and the town of Crested Butte (3 mi/5 km away) together offer restaurants, shops, apres-ski amenities, and charm and friendly folks at every turn.
An improvement at Crested Butte for the 2009-10 ski season is a new base area Adventure Park, featuring year-round ice skating on a synthetic rink, bungee trampolines, and the Climbing Pinnacle, a tower with six climbing routes. Also new is a lift-assisted tubing area with multiple lanes for nonskiers or families looking to cap their day on the slopes.
The Ice Bar restaurant at the base of the Twister Lift has been remodeled and is now almost twice its former size. It also now offers a revamped deck space. As the name implies, the bar is made of ice, and the menu is upscale. In addition to lunch, the Ice Bar serves Sleighride Dinners as well as Last Tracks dinners for those who want to ski or snowboard into the evening.
The Outpost Building Day Lodge, a warming hut at the base area, also has been renovated, as has a new novice area designed for adults and children taking lessons through the Ski and Ride School.
In the summer, Crested Butte is a bicycler's paradise: It claims to be the birthplace of mountain biking.
The nearest airport access to Crested Butte is the Gunnison Airport, 30 mi/50 km south.
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