|Tonight we visited Crested Butte, a former coal mining town now called "the last great Colorado ski town". The primary winter activity in Crested Butte is skiing or snowboarding at nearby Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Mount Crested Butte. Backcountry skiing in the surrounding mountains is some of the best in Colorado. The mountain, Crested Butte, rises to 12,162 feet above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet with 14 lifts that serve 1,058 acres of terrain. 448 acres 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. Amazing! Years ago Larry & I liked to ski at Brianhead in Utah but I can't even imagine skiing double blacks!
Crested Butte is one of the locations where mountain biking is claimed to have started and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is located here. In fact, as we walked around it seemed that bikes are the major mode of transportation for the locals, they were everywhere! This town is also well known for it's many festivals. The Crested Butte Bike Week, Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte International Film Festival, 4th of July, the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Alpenglow Concert Series and the Festival of the Arts and Ball Bash coming this summer. Wow, guess our friends will have plenty to keep them busy!
As I mentioned in my earlier post we enjoyed dinner tonight at Slogar's, a bar and restaurant that has been offering American cuisine since 1882. Their specialty is skillet fried chicken, sweet and sour coleslaw salad, baking powder biscuits, old-fashioned mashed potatoes with rich chicken gravy. Everything is served family style, all you can eat. Oh my, we were soooooo full when we left. A stroll around the main street helped immensely, lol! Crested Butte is famous for both its history and its architectural character. Its resilient, weather-beaten buildings reflect a proud tradition of surviving harsh mountain winters. In 1974, the entire town was designated a National Historic District. We enjoyed checking it out for sure and decided it is a 'yuppy town' full of 'old hippie's'!
All too soon it was time to head back but it was probably best. We have a full day planned for tomorrow checking out Black Canyon. But be sure to come back & see pics of the beautiful Blue Mesa Reservoir & Dam first. Goodnight...