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Killer Weekend: Crested Butte

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The historical town of Crested Butte, Colorado, is a blast with a ton of past. This rugged town offers up a ton of activities and a charming downtown. So, get your crusty butt there and hit these killer spots.

1) Face it, you’re here to ski and it’s pretty easy to get the gnar at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

With 300-plus average inches of snowfall, 15 lifts and a vertical drop of 2,775 feet, this ski area is a playground for both advanced and beginner skiers and boarders. Just minutes away from downtown Crested Butte, it’s easy to hit the slope’s first chair or spend a lazy half day. The varied terrain offers a ton of exploration: A T-bar lift access to difficult diamonds, a terrain park zone with practically a private lift, plus a 2-mile run with views for days. And it doesn’t stop there, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a must for any Colorado ski lover.

2) Don’t like muddy lots or $10 parking?

Not to worry, the Mountain Express has your back – and skis. The express buses travel to and from the mountain every 15 minutes, making the ski commute a no-brainer and, even better, it’s free.

And the buses highlight the town’s fun spirit with custom paint job motifs. With many convenient pick-up spots, you’ll be getting around quickly and riding in style on The Mountain Express.

3) Glide on

One of the popular Crested Butte Nordic ski trails starts right in town. The 50-plus kilometers of groomed trails weave around town, and the surrounding wilderness and can even guide you up to the ski area, making it easy to see why Crested Butte is “The Nordic Ski Capitol of Colorado.”

Nordic skiing is new to you? Don’t worry, rentals, lessons, tours and even fine dining in a yurt are only a phone call away.

Make sure to check the map, signs, and access rules as there may be pass requirements for you and your dog.

4) Get wild on historic Elk Avenue.

Refuel your tank with some bar grub at The Last Steep or get fancy with some Indian cuisine at the Ginger and wash it down at one of the nearby watering holes to finish off the night. Play shuffleboard while scoping out-of-towners at Kochevar’s or catch a band at the local brewery, the The Eldo. Get the full Elk Avenue night on the town experience all within a few blocks, but don’t miss The Express’s last town pick up at 11:40 p.m. Otherwise you’re looking at long walk home!

5) Piece of paradise

Find inner peace on your plate at Paradise Cafe. Hit this favorite breakfast spot on your way up to the hill. Their new location and yummy bloodies make this an easy transition into a big day of skiing. Enjoy mountain views while dining on one of the many skillet-served dishes. Their friendly staff will treat you like a local and send you on your way with your cup full.

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