Crested Butte today is a marvel of contrasts. High-speed lifts whisk skiers to the top of an expansive ski mountain, flanked by a modern resort with state-of-the-art services and amenities, and abuzz with youthful energy. Yet just a few minutes away lies the old town of Crested Butte, one of Colorado’s largest National Historic Districts. The historic town looks much like it did a century ago, when burly gold miners skied in from their mountain claims for supplies, good food and warm companionship. Bathed in antique lamplight, Crested Butte still knows how to welcome, entertain and pamper its guests.
Far from urban crowds, Crested Butte has preserved the best of its heritage–a sense of history, community and hospitality–while creating the best of the new: exceptional skiing, diverse recreational amenities, and fine dining and lodging.
In the town of Crested Butte, guests feel warmly welcomed by both its friendly locals and its old Victorian storefronts. Crested Butte boasts an impressive cultural slate–art galleries, musical entertainment, dance, theater–and, as Michael Carlton wrote in the Denver Post, "Crested Butte has more fine restaurants per capita than any other town in the U.S."
Though Crested Butte feels like a world removed, nestled in a valley at the road’s end and surrounded by towering peaks, it is truly "the last great Colorado ski town."