Crested Butte, Colorado
Crested Butte is a Home Rule Municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado. A former coal mining town now called "the last great Colorado ski town", Crested Butte is a destination for skiing, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. The population was 1,529 at the 2000 census.
The Colorado General Assembly has designated Crested Butte the wildflower capital of Colorado.
The primary winter activity in Crested Butte is skiing or snowboarding at nearby Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Mount Crested Butte, Colorado. Backcountry skiing in the surrounding mountains is some of the best in Colorado. The mountain, Crested Butte, rises to 12,162 feet (3,700 m) above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet (2,860 m). 14 lifts serve 1,058 acres (4.2 kmē) of terrain. 448 acres (1.8 kmē) of the terrain are double black runs. The large amount of extreme skiing terrain at Crested Butte has attracted the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games. The longest run on Mount Crested Butte is 2.6 miles (4.2 km) long.
The town of Crested Butte itself has a Nordic Center which has an ice skating rink as well as many miles of groomed cross country skiing trails.
Crested Butte is one of the locations where mountain biking is claimed to have started. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is located in Crested Butte. Other popular summer activities in Crested Butte include hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Crested Butte hosts a number of summer festivals, including an arts festival, a mountain bike festival, a wildflower festival, and a rubber duck race.
A Site Built for Mountain Bikers...by Mountain Bikers