Best Ski Areas for Beginners

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When I look back at my first attempts at skiing, I wonder how I ever made it past the snowplow. I was on long, straight heavy metal skis, wore borrowed boy’s lace-up leather boots, Stephen Bradley hadn’t invented grooming yet, the teacher was my boyfriend and the rope tow at Loveland nearly shaved the skin … Read more Best Ski Areas for Beginners

Full-Moon Snowshoeing

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I love snowshoeing. I love the sound of nothing but aluminum crampons crunching over a packed trail, and, even better, the thumping of 25-inch tails on fresh powder. I love the solitude; the cold, high-mountain winter air and the reward of blazing new trail that I know others will follow. It wasn’t until I started … Read more Full-Moon Snowshoeing

Crested Butte: Distinctive Destination

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At first glance, you can tell Crested Butte, in south-central Colorado, is not your typical glossy ski resort town. The attention paid to retaining its mining-town character is evident – and exactly why Crested Butte was chosen as one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wildflower gardens … Read more Crested Butte: Distinctive Destination

Romance in the Rockies: Take Your Valentine to Gunnison-Crested Butte

  As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air and so are plans to romance that special someone. If you’re looking to do better than last year’s roses and chocolates, check out Gunnison-Crested Butte’s “Romance in the Rockies.” The Gunnison County area in southwestern Colorado celebrates the romantic season with a lineup of events … Read more Romance in the Rockies: Take Your Valentine to Gunnison-Crested Butte

Pre-Ski Fuel-Ups: Where to Chow Down

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If you want to tuck into a hearty breakfast to fuel a full day of skiing, look for the lines outside local restaurants in your favorite ski towns. They’re usually a good barometer of the food inside.Or ask a ski instructor – who also needs a good breakfast under his or her belt before beginning … Read more Pre-Ski Fuel-Ups: Where to Chow Down

Colorado Golden Nuggets: Autumn’s Sweet Spots

We live in a state that proudly proclaims itself to be “Colorful Colorado,” and it certainly is. From purple mountain majesties to amber waves of grain, summers here treat our eye’s color-receptor cones to a good workout. It only gets better in the fall when autumn alchemy transforms leafy hillsides into mother lodes of gold. … Read more Colorado Golden Nuggets: Autumn’s Sweet Spots

Stay Near The Ski Lifts: Crested Butte Grand Lodge

Crested Butte is known as one of the best places in Colorado to ski. If you are planning Crested Butte, Colorado travel for this purpose, then you will want to choose lodging that is near the mountain. This cuts down on your travel time and expenses once you arrive at the community, and also gives … Read more Stay Near The Ski Lifts: Crested Butte Grand Lodge

Mountain Views and Memories: The Last Resort in Crested Butte

Imagine waking up each morning of your next vacation to breathtaking views of the mountain right outside your window. Many lodging options offer this, so be sure to keep it in mind when planning Crested Butte, Colorado vacations. With the right hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast, you can be reminded each morning of the … Read more Mountain Views and Memories: The Last Resort in Crested Butte

Choose a Boutique Hotel for Your Visit to Crested Butte

If you love to ski or spend time in the mountains, then Crested Butte, Colorado vacations may be your ideal choice. This ski resort area has all of the amenities you need for a full Colorado ski vacation, as well as many off-season activities to help you experience life in the mountains. When figuring out … Read more Choose a Boutique Hotel for Your Visit to Crested Butte

Crested Butte Restaurants: Tiny Town, Big Choices

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Take a drive through rural Western Colorado and you’ll encounter more horses than humans, but when you vacation in Crested Butte, you’ll be astounded at the array of gourmet restaurant choices in this hamlet of fewer than 2,000 locals. In fact, restaurants in Crested Butte are so plentiful that restaurateurs showcase two large food festivals … Read more Crested Butte Restaurants: Tiny Town, Big Choices

Three Distinctive Lodges in Crested Butte

If you’re searching for the spirit of the old west, you’ll find it at every turn in Crested Butte, Colorado. This historic mining town of about 1,500 residents is a year-round destination for outdoor lovers, history buffs and travelers seeking uncommon destinations. Crested Butte is unlike most of Colorado’s ski towns; as you explore local … Read more Three Distinctive Lodges in Crested Butte

Colorado Gold: Back Roads to Beauty

Come September, the mountains of Colorado make their annual grand-to-gaudy transformation. Alpine meadows turn straw yellow, and aspen-plastered hillsides become swaths of quaking gold. While virtually any road ascending the Rockies offers glimpses of gilded color, drivers with good tread, a bit of time and a willingness to do dirt will discover that the best … Read more Colorado Gold: Back Roads to Beauty

Crested Butte: Colorado’s ‘UnAspen’

No opulent mansions mark the edge of Crested Butte. Its downtown business district features not one Gucci store, Prada boutique, Gap shop or Polo Ralph Lauren emporium. Locals commute on bikes, celebrities wander paparazzi-free, and the only furs seen are still attached to the critters that grew them. Unassuming, unpretentious and unextravagant, Crested Butte hails … Read more Crested Butte: Colorado’s ‘UnAspen’