Crested Butte

March 28, 2013

Crested Butte has long gone its own way as a town and a ski resort. The town was built on coal, not gold or silver, and the ski resort has been family-owned.

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Crested Butte history

Crested Butte history
November 28, 2011

By John Leach The East River Valley where Crested Butte stands today was used as a summer camp by the Ute tribe, just as Telluride and Aspen were. The Ute, or Nuchu tribe, were nomadic hunter-gatherers who roamed the Western Slope starting in 1000 A.D. The first white explorers in the area included beaver trappers and Capt. John Gunnison, whose expedition passed through the area in 1853. Prospectors arrived in…

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Mountain Resort has long been known for its diverse terrain that appeals to skiers of all kinds but also its steep, backcountry terrain and its pioneering support for extreme skiing, which earned it recognition as the birthplace of freeskiing. The ski area covers 1,167 acres, with a base at 9,375 feet and a summit at 12,162 feet. Its vertical drop, however, is 3,062 feet from…

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Crested Butte Nordic Center

Crested Butte Nordic Ski Center
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers 31 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that take skiers or snowshoers around the town of Crested Butte. Trails run along the East and Slate rivers, through forests around Peanut Lake, and up the Mount Crested Butte Recreation Path. There are trails from novice to advanced, and the trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The center has the Magic…

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Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum features exhibits on the town’s history as a coal town and as a supply center for silver and gold camps and ranches in the area, along with its more recent history as a ski town. The exhibits can be as eclectic as the town, such as a 2007 exhibit about Flauschink, a spring holiday started by townspeople in 1969 to celebrate the…

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Crested Butte Historic District

United Congregational Church in Crested Butte
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Historic District has 339 major structures, with 85 percent of them dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Crested Butte emerged as a supply hub for nearby silver and gold camps and then as a coal mining town for the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. Most of the buildings are made of wood, and many of the commercial buildings retain the false…

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