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Crested Butte has aptly earned the title of “the last great Colorado ski town”. Locals have created a strong, inviting community with an old charm feel that is rarely captured in other large resort towns today. Unlike travelling to ski resorts along the I-70 corridor, you’ll rarely face traffic getting to Crested Butte and lift lines are scarce. The ski mountain itself has 121 trails ranging from long, wide-open runs to incredible glades amid aspen groves to heaps of double-black diamond terrain. With 542 of the 1,547 acres rated as extreme terrain, it’s no surprise that Crested Butte has been home to the US Extreme Freeskiing Championships since 1992.
“After a grueling one week spring break course, I was dying to get up to the mountains and pack my last few days of break full of ski runs. It had been 10 years since I had last skied at Crested Butte, and I was in for a treat. For my first run of the day, I found myself at the top of the High Lift T-bar with my skis pointed down on the rockiest, most exposed terrain I had ever seen. As a collegiate athlete, the first thought that came to my mind was “Coach would absolutely kill me if he knew I was doing this.” A couple minutes later, quads burning and smiling from ear to ear I looked up at the beast I had just conquered. Moral of the story: As long a no one gets hurt, what coach doesn’t know won’t kill him. Right? Right.”
Recommended season(s): December to March.