Crested Butte, Colorado

Remember when skiers used to use the word “extreme?” They were talking about Crested Butte, a remote, family-owned resort with 542 acres of double black terrain that’s all in bounds, giving the Butte the most lift-accessed extreme terrain of any resort in Colorado. That includes the steepest-cut run in North America. To call the terrain technical would be underselling it. Picture powdery bowls hemmed by boulders, steep chutes choked with trees and the occasional mandatory cliff drop. The fact that all of this challenging terrain can be had on a budget is just icing on the freeskiing cake. Lift tickets for Crested Butte are consistently cheaper than most other Colorado resorts (and they’re free on opening day). 

Photo courtesy of Tom Stillo, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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