One of the biggest contributions to Crested Butte’s self-proclaimed title as the “last great Colorado ski town,” is its locals. Friendly, eclectic and passionate for the outdoors and the local community, Crested Butte locals are always willing and happy to share their piece of paradise with visitors. This welcoming spirit is why we had an easy time pinning down a couple locals to spill their ski-vacation tips and secrets below.
Because Crested Butte is renowned for its “towny” vibe and variety of locally owned shops and restaurants, experiencing this destination like a local ensures you’re going to have a truly authentic ski trip. Experience the best of Crested Butte with these local recommendations.
We asked three locals to share their favorite places to eat, ski, shop, recreate and let loose in Crested Butte…
CBMR athlete, freeride coach + editor for West Elk Project
Backcountry skier + paralegal at Huckstep Law, LLC
Where do you go for the best coffee?
First Ascent (at the end of Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte). Here, you can enjoy a full espresso bar or coffee made from single-origin SteamPunk siphon machines.
Camp4Coffee (located in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square) or Rumors (on Elk Avenue). You can’t go wrong at either, except the line can be longer at Camp4.
Activities + Experiences
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What are your favorite runs on a powder day?
Now that you have local insight on Crested Butte, you’re ready to experience the best this incredible ski town and resort have to offer. Our 65+ Mountain Travel Experts can help you customize and book your flights, rental cars, lodging and more. They’re standing by at 800-610-8911. You can also get started by filling out a form for a free custom quote.
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Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now living in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com as Director of SEO + Content, I've been able to combine a litany of skills, passions and interests. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.