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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Reviews

SpikeDog

Crested Butte - 2011 review

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Pros: Ripping steeps, fast lifts, lots of hidden shots

Cons: Only 2 lifts matter (T-bars aren't 'lifts'), watch the rock bands, climbs for the good stuff

I spent a week here in March 2011, staying at the Chateau condos.  First, the good stuff:   This mountain has amazing steeps.  The Headwall area skied great all week, even without fresh snow.  The north facing slope keeps the snow firm without getting icy, even after two days of full sunshine.  The High lift T-bar will drop you off on this bowl after a quick ride up Silver Queen quad.  For another rush, drop off the t-bar at the midpoint and get into Big Chute.  This tight drop will test your resolve, since you don't see how steep it is until you've dropped past the point of climbing out.   Another venture from the top of the High lift...
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BLittlejohn3

Awesome

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Pros: Great skiing despite no new snow

Cons: snow

The slopes are amazing and despite no snow I would recommend everyone to ski at least once.
Pierre

My favorite resort

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Pros: Natural terrain park, extreme variety everything thrown at you but the kitchen sink, extreme snow variations

Cons: You can't get there from here, can be cold and can lack snow, base elevation high

Crested Butte is my favorite resort and will probably remain so for the forseable future.  Why?  because of the extreme variety of skiing available.  A single run from top to bottom can have you skiing steep terrain with multiple intersecting fall lines full of rock bands, tight trees, ice, powder, crud, wind slab, coral, slush, bumps, stumps and  rocks then onto groomed and ungroomed black runs, blue groomers and long wide green groomers you can rip nice carves on.  Now that is my kind of skiing.     This resort is thought of by many as a resort for only fools like me but that is not the case.  There is far more high speed...
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