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Crested Butte

Crested Butt e rubs off on you. The same way you pick up a drawl after spending time with Southerners, you can’t help but take on a CB affect, with endless gratitude and perhaps a dash of smug satisfaction for having been lucky and/or smart enough to land here. Carving morning GS turns on the midmountain’s cascading double-blues as the rising sun chases shadows off perfect corduroy feels almost divinely inspired. An afternoon jump-turning the “holy extreme terrain, Batman!” on the back side and the steeper-than-steep gullies streaming from the peak—without the mercy of a single liftline to rest your legs—reminds you you’re alive. And mortal. But quite blessed. Maybe that’s why the locals—who outnumber the tourists in this “small, quaint and unpretentious town”— are so humble “and make you feel so welcome.” —D.W.

What’s New» Unclick at the top of the Peachtree lift and take Colorado’s only zipline canopy tour, which soars right over the ski trails year-round.

On-Hill Lunch » Lest you think CB’s laid-back vibe means it eschews gourmet, try a white-linen lunch at Uley’s Cabin; there’s also a prix-fixe sleigh-ride dinner.

Bragging Rights » At 55 degrees, Rambo is one of the steepest cut trails in the States. Huge bumps. Straight fall line. Full throttle.

Upward Mobility: The Coburn House

Upward Mobility: The Coburn House

The kitchen, living, and dining rooms sit on the second floor in what Bill Coburn calls his "upside-down house." He says, "In Crested Butte, the snow stacks up above your first-floor windows. You want your living area to be where you can see out."


It’s hard to come home from a ski trip—especially one in Crested Butte, Colo. Which is why a Boulder family decided to move there.

Bill and Annie Coburn didn’t mean to move to Crested Butte. They met, some time ago, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bill grew up in Boulder. They got engaged in Boulder, had three kids in Boulder. “I’m a big Boulder fan,” Bill says now. And yet Boulder, tiny but urbane, sitting enviably in the Rocky Mountain foothills, had one serious and perhaps insurmountable drawback: The closest skiing is 40 minutes away.

New Gunnison Valley Observatory to Showcase Area’s Prime Stargazing

Grand opening to celebrate Colorado’s largest public telescope on June 28

Purgatory All-Season Pass On Sale Now

Summer activities and skiing and riding in the 2008-09 season are available for $539 through May 3.

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