25 Top Spots: # 23 Crested Butte, CO

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Locals like Dave Swanwick, Wendy Fisher, and Alison Gannett keep their billy-goating, cliff-hucking skills sharp on terrain like the Headwall and North Face Extreme Limits. While the base area is littered with hotel chains, the town has an eclectic disposition: Old West saloons and hipster coffee joints side by side, with a Parisian café around the corner.

The Vitals

Top elevation: 11,875 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,775 feet
Snowfall: 240 inches (10,150')
Skiable Acres: 1,160
Phone: 800-544-8448
Web: crestedbutteresort.com

Zip up Silver Queen and traverse skier's right to the Headwall where you can pillow-drop over the cliffs or hop down tree-lined Tower 11 Chutes.

Snowfall has been stingy in the past few years, but like they say in the mutual fund business, past performance is not always an indication of future results. The bulls wait for a rally like 1997, when nine feet fell in three days.

At Rafters Bar, late-night revelers have been known to crawl along its eponymous ceiling. The Idle Spur is the spot for burgs and beers.