Mountain Fun for Less in Crested Butte, Colorado

Posted December 24, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Ski-crestedbuttetwoskiers For a laid-back ski weekend at laid-back prices, skip the glitz and glamour of Aspen and head for Crested Butte. Major airlines now fly directly to the charming mountain town, and the mountain has new lifts, swank lodges, and world-class runs. Spend the day playing in the snow, then munch some gourmet pizza before snuggling into a cozy cabin, pioneer-style.

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort: Put a glow in your cheeks with serious skiing and snowboarding fun at this mountaintop resort. Adrenaline junkies head for the "Extreme Limits" zone for pristine powder bowls and unexplored paths or catch air in the new terrain park and super pipe. The less adventurous can swoosh down wide, perfectly groomed, and crowd-free slopes. Check the events schedule for non-skiing fun like moonlight snowshoe tours and ice-carving competitions. Lift tickets are $87, but local hotels may offer discounts.

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The Secret Stash: Voted the best pizza in town six years running, here you can relax apres-ski, sipping snow-cone martinis while waiting for gourmet pizza. Try a mouth-watering original, the K.G.B. with chipotle sauce, bacon, and blue cheese, or Kaladi's Favorite with grilled veggies and balsamic reduction. You can also build your own pizza or single slice, choosing from more than 40 different ingredients that include even dried cranberries and roasted potatoes.

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The Historic Pioneer Guest Cabins: Crested Butte's first skiers curled up in the rustic charm of these log cabins during the 1920s. A few things have changed since then—indoor plumbing and full modern kitchens—but the cabins (starting at $119 per night) are still nestled into a winter wonderland, steps from a picturesque creek. It's a quick 15-minute drive to the Crested Butte slopes. Inside the cabins you'll find a roomful of cozy winter comforts: wood-burning stoves, flannel sheets, and goose-down comforters. Be sure to ask about free or discounted lift tickets when you book.

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(Photo: Crested Butte Mountain Resort)

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