Overview: As you may have heard, CB is a treasure chest of steeps; specifically, 542 acres of knuckle-whitening Extreme Limits terrain that helped birth the extreme skiing movement. And it’s all still there today, with an app available to help you navigate. Try your luck on the steepest cut run in North America, the 50-degree plus Rambo. What some might not know, however, is how well the mountain accommodates the everyday skier, with 83 percent of its trails ranked either beginner or intermediate. And with a free, hippie-painted shuttle running the three miles between the mountain and Crested Butte’s lively downtown, it’s as welcoming as they come.
What’s New: Olympian, two-time Extreme Freeskiing World Champion, and Crested Butte local Wendy Fisher offers private ski lessons, as well as a weekly clinic throughout the winter.
Local’s Take: “I came to Crested Butte in the summer of 1994 for a concert, and got served at an outside bar with no shirt on, while I watched hang gliders. I knew where I wanted to be,” said Sean Hartigan who now co-owns The Last Steep restaurant on Elk Avenue. skicb.com —David Zook | | skier Tom Runcie | photo Dave Cox