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Crested Butte has some of the most extreme terrain in the nation ... but plenty of chill stuff too.
Crested Butte has some of the most extreme terrain in the nation ... but plenty of chill stuff too.
Crested Butte
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — This year’s big change at Crested Butte comes with the upgraded Treasury Center base-area building and the “Camp CB” kids’ ski school – but these are only a few of many improvements ongoing as Crested Butte continues a multi-year improvement plan under new ownership. The resort was long known as a hard-core skiers hang-out, and bred the extreme scene’s most prolific generation of superstars with Seth Morrison and Matchstick productions. Crested Butte’s other side is now burgeoning. A series of luxury homes and hotels are arriving, and a new stable of snow cats provide many more groomed runs. While the corduroy is pretty good all year, the extreme terrain gets better as the year goes on as ample annual snowfall covers the steep’s many rocks and boulders. Experts aren’t completely left out of the improvement game in 2008-2009: this year will feature new terrain in Teocalli Bowl to an area known as Teo II.

Fun Fact: Crested Butte offers free skiing Nov. 25 to Dec. 15, 2007.

Average annual snowfall: 250 inches

Price: Adult full-day $82

Skiable Acres: 1,167

Lifts: 16

Terrain park: Yes

Season: Nov. 26 – April 5

Terrain breakdown: 23 percent beginner, 57 percent intermediate, 20 percent expert

Location: 4 hours from Denver, north of Gunnison on highway 135

Information:, (800) 810-7669



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