Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a ski resort located at Mount Crested Butte in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States.HistoryCrested Butte Mountain Resort opened in 1960 when two men - Fred Rice and Dick Eflin - purchased a ranch on Mt. Crested Butte. An operating permit enabling the resort to be built was approved by the United States Forest Service the following year. The resort struggled on for its first ten years. Some of the first lifts included a t-bar at the base area.In 1963, Crested Butte constructed a top-to-bottom gondola from the base area to near where the bottom of the High Lift is today. The resort was the second resort to open a gondola in Colorado, after Vail Ski Resort opened theirs in 1962. Constructed by Carlevaro-Savio, the three-person Silver Queen Gondola was notorious for being cramped and the cabins were known to have frequent collisions. The gondola lasted until 1972, when a bubble double chairlift replaced it. Other opening lifts included a Doppelmayr T-Bar that serviced the training hill on Buckley.Riblet constructed a double chairlift called Twister in 1969 to supplement the Silver Queen Gondola. The lift services expert and advanced trails on the west slope of the mountain, but with the upgrading of other lifts now operates sporadically.In 1972, a bubble double replaced the old gondola, and provided main access out of the base area for the next twenty years. Another double chairlift, Peachtree, was built at the base area to service a set of learning trails between Silver Queen and the T-Bar area. Peachtree still operates today.
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  • With Aspen tress in full yellow/orange/red Autumn/Fall colours (27Sep). You have to be careful of other photographers as you drive through, in what must be the last few weeks before they close this ro...  more »
  • We stayed in the mountain resort and it is definitely more laid back than Telluride and more geared to families with kids. With the free shuttle service to Crested Butte it makes it ideal for families...  more »
  • What a beautiful view there is from the top of Mt. Crested Butte. We took the ski lift up as far as you can go and then hiked the rest of the way to the top of the mountain. It look about an hour from...  more »
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  • Great downhill mountain without crowds. Nice deck to have an after-ride beverage on while watching people come down the jump lines. Food is very good, a tad pricey, but not too bad.
  • Great mountain with a good variety of terrain. To me, it's definitely a destination (as opposed to commuter) mountain. This was great for us at our last trip when we got a late snowfall and there was no one on the hill with us!! Would love to come back in summer to bike it - and probably will at some point. We got 3 days free on the Super Pass, but a pass is exorbitant even compared with Epic rates.
  • We utilized their kids programs while attending a professional event. Staff was very accommodating and flexible. Glad we could work out our difficult schedule needs.
  • Amazing time - great blend of long groomers, open bowls, bumps and extreme terrain. The ease of access to the back bowls, coupled with the options/lines available make this a great mountain for the advanced skier/rider. Plenty of terrain for the little ones, less experienced or those simply wanting to cruise all day. Nice variety of base village and on-mountain bar/dining options.
  • Great location and great amenities. Would definitely recommend to others and will be going back. Crested Butte town is amazing!

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