Resort Guide 2018: West #14
Bolstered by record snowfall last season, Crested Butte continues its steady climb in the rankings. And with good reason. The quaint town and “playground of a mountain” are both brimming with character (No. 4) and host a wealth of terrain ranging from wide-open groomers to insane steeps. While the mountain’s sheer size is enough to dissipate crowds, some readers balked about lift placement, highlighting difficulties getting around the mountain, especially accessing steeps on the backside. But don’t be deterred: When there is enough snow to cover the rocks (it takes a lot), Teocalli Bowl and surrounding chutes are heralded as some of the most gnarly in-bounds terrain anywhere and offer unique challenges to the most expert skiers. Cap an epic day on the deck of Butte 66 with the picturesque Banana Chutes in the background, or head to CB’s main drag and enjoy the “best ski town in the U.S.”
Head to Avalanche Bar & Grill for cold beers and big portions of American comfort food just steps from the hill.
Hop the North Face T-Bar and kick off the sticks for a short hike into Spellbound Bowl. Riddled with opportunities for big air and deep turns, this extraordinary zone holds snow well and is rarely crowded. Transfer into Phoenix Bowl to keep the stoke going.
Try Uley’s Cabin for an upscale on-mountain lunch or an afternoon drink at the ice bar.
Third Bowl’s homemade ice cream is divine. The flavors are ever-changing, but be adventurous. We promise you won’t be disappointed.