Meh, the Crested Butte expansion seemed like a bunch of grouchy locals who don’t want to give up their alpine touring terrain. There’s close to two million acres of undeveloped land in Gunnision County and CB was asking for what, 400 of it and the whole town is in an uproar? I don’t buy it.
It seems that locals HATE resort expansion, but LOVE ski area expansion. Monarch and Wolf Creek want to add new terrain ( Wolf Creek wants nearly 1200 acres) and you’re not hearing a peep from opposition groups. Meanwhile, Crested Butte and Breckenridge make expansion pushes and every group in Colorado is crying for the protection of “pristine wilderness”, even if it’s a beetle kill surrounded mining pond. Maybe it’s the turn off by infrastructure development and sky high real estate, but it’s funny how that works!
And here’s the quote from the master plan I’m referring to:
When the resort is fully developed, the number of annual skier visits is projected to reach 313,000, which represents a 130 percent increase over current levels.
If the purpose of the Crested Butte expansion is to open up intermediate terrain then it will attract new intermediate skiers who will not be skiing any of the local's advanced terrain. As far as real estate goes, prices are likely already high so building more housing if anything lowers prices and adds more basement rental suites.
The Crested Butte locals just don't get it.