Acres: 1,547 | Vertical: 2,775’ | Snowfall: 300” | skicb.com
Crested Butte joins the 32-resort M.A.X. Pass this season, giving travel-happy skiers a new way to visit one of Colorado’s last true mountain towns. On the hill, there’s plenty of rugged terrain to explore while junior’s in a lesson. Just don’t expect the wife to join. Tips on Tuesdays—internally referred to as “Bad Moms”—brings women skiers together for a group lesson followed by a mid-mountain vino stop at the Umbrella Bar.
Can’t-Miss Run: For that wide, frontside favorite that pleases both the Mach Five crowd and the first timer to advanced terrain: “The staple run is International,” says ski instructor Alessandra Samach. When Samach feels like getting lost, she dips into the pine trees off Resurrection to shoot northeast-facing lines. Tight and relatively less traveled, this is the place to score season-making turns—if you get there first.
Resort Bite: At the Brown Lab Pub and Bakery, you’ll find dollar pizza slices and a mean Moscow Mule.
Stay an Extra Day: Get your mush on. Cosmic Cruisers houses 57 sled dogs on a 260-acre ranch in Gunnison. Team up with a guide and 8-12 Alaskan Huskies for an all-day wilderness tour through the Gunnison National Forest, or man a sprint sled on a 40–60 minute ride in the hills around Crested Butte. —Matt McDonald
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.