A few weeks ago, I was able to take a Friday off and head to Crested Butte. This ski season, I’ve already shared with you about my trips to Steamboat .
For those of you who are not Denver locals, there are two types of ski towns and resorts- Front Range or not on the Front Range. Maybe the latter has a better name, I’m not sure haha. Essentially, there are 6 main ski resorts on the front range- Keystone, A Basin, Breck, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Winter Park. When driving to these mountains, you have to take I-70 W most of the way from Denver, these resorts are about 1.25-2.25 hours from Denver without traffic. The other main resorts in CO are Crested Butte, Steamboat and Aspen. These aren’t on the Front Range mountains, and are all about 3-4 hours from Denver sans traffic.
This year, the traffic on I-70 has been atrocious. Sometimes taking 3 hours to get from Denver to Winter Park which is about 75 miles. People have been leaving Denver around 530 to get to the mountains to avoid traffic. Doing that avoids traffic, but then you get to the resort before it opens.
For this reason, the non-Front Range mountains have been getting more attention. There are billboards that state “Avoid I-70, visit Crested Butte.” Traveling the extra distance or taking a work day off to head to the mountains is totally worth it.
Crested Butte Weekend
I was very excited to check out Crested Butte to avoid I-70, but also because I had heard really good things about the resort. I went with three friends, Kylie, Emily, and Kacy. On a Thursday night, it was a quick drive to CB. We started Friday off at the mountain. Mt Crested Butte has a lot of greens and blues in the front of the mountain, but they also have a lot of expert terrain. The T-bars took skiers/boarders to the expert terrain. There is also a lot of terrain on the resort that requires hiking.
I was able to find a lot of Black Diamond or Double Black Diamond runs to challenge myself on Friday. On Friday night, we went to Secret Stash Pizza. I love Pizza, and this place might be one of the best I’ve ever had. Try any of the fig pizza and get the Crack fries.
On Saturday, we hung out in the morning, and then headed to the mountain again. It got a little busier on the mountain and seemed like college spring break crowds were starting to roll in. We had lunch at The Bakery which was at the base of the mountain, they had inexpensive food and drinks. Try the mushroom soup! After skiing, I went for a short snow shoe in the Gunnison National Forest, it was beautiful out there. Then HOT TUB. Best thing ever after a day of skiing.
Sunday morning came quick, and I went on another snow shoe workout before heading to Coal Creek Grill for brunch. The weekend came and went so fast, I was sad to see it go. However, I’m really excited for more trips to Crested Butte and I hope to visit in the summer. I’ve heard great things about hiking and biking there and the wildflowers!!