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Questions about Crested Butte

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I'm going to be in Crusty Butt from 2/16 until 2/22 for a conference (traveling solo) and am staying at the Sheraton. I was wondering if anyone who has more intimate knowledge with CB can help me out with a few recommendations and questions.

1. Good places to eat either in town or in the mountain village.
2. Shop to get a good tune in the mountain village.
3. Insights on how to ski the mountain for a level 8-9 skier willing to ski just about anything that doesn't require airtime.
4. Any recommendations of good ski instructors or info about their ski school (good, bad, indifferent). I'm thinking of taking 2-3 half-days of their all terrain workshops and am hoping that, in taking a midweek lesson, I'll be the only student at my level and will be getting a 2.5 hr private for $75.
5. Anyone going to be around CB during that time and would be willing to ski a few runs together.

Thanks in advanced for the input. CB doesn't get mentioned very much on Epicski but seems like a really great mountain with an equally great town. Can't wait to get there!

[ January 29, 2003, 09:49 PM: Message edited by: Prosper ]
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CB is a great mountain, and one of the truly great ski towns in the west. You will love it.

I can’t answer all of your questions, but here is a start.

1. There are a number of good restaurants along Elk Avenue (the main drag in CB). For Mexican, try Donita’s (a.k.a. the House of Cheese). It is a fun place, with good food and good people. The Crested Butte Brewery has good beers, burgers, and other assorted bar food. If you want something nicer, try Soupcon or The Bacchanale. The Bakery is great - a big local hangout. Paradise has good breakfast.

2. Don’t know about a tune at the mountain - there is a shop right across from the lift ticket windows - that might be a good choice. In town, a good place would be the Alpineer.

3. The mountain isn’t huge, but it is amazing. If you are comfortable on steep terrain, you are in for a treat. From the base, the Silver Queen lift is your best way to get to the top. It accesses some great terrain. You can either head down or up. Down leads you either (1) back toward the base - International, Crystal and Twister are all good runs (often bumped out), (2) over towards Paradise Bowl, or (3) down several steep chutes to the far skier’s-left side of the mountain (great). If you head up the High Lift, you have access to the Headwall. If coverage is good, the Headwall is amazing.

The other place you must ski is The North Face. Take the North Face Poma out of Paradise Bowl. Everything up there is good - Spellbound, Phoenix, the Glades…etc. You name it. This is serious terrain though, so take it easy until you get the lay of the land, or take someone who knows the terrain with you. There are cliffs and drops in these areas - they are avoidable, but you need to be aware.

There are good tree shots spread all over the mountain. You just have to explore. If it hasn’t snowed in awhile, check out the Gold Link Lift. The runs are pretty flat, but fresh snow sticks around longer there than on the good stuff. It won’t excite you, but the snow can be worth a couple of runs if everything else is skied out already.

4. Unfortunately, I can’t help much with the lesson. I have heard the school is good, but I have no personal experience.

It snowed nine inches last night, and the snow is expected to continue on and off in the near future. You should have pretty good conditions. I wish I was there with ya.

You will love CB. The surrounding mountains are stunning, and the views are out of this world. The town is authentic and cool, and everyone is super-nice. The hardest part about the whole trip will be convincing yourself to leave.

Have fun!

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