Hotel at a Glance: The Grand Lodge
The Grand Lodge, winner of a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, sits high up on Mount Crested Butte. Guests enjoy easy access to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. In the winter and early spring, the resort draws visitors with 121 skiing trails and stellar terrain parks.
- Ride to the top using the ski-lift tickets included with select options.
- Spacious accommodations: King and studio suites come with 42-inch LG TVs, two bathrobes, and separate living areas.
- Take a dip: There’s an indoor/outdoor heated pool and an outdoor hot tub, both of which are open year-round.
- Get pampered: Select options come with two $20 credits to the hotel’s Wildflower Spa.
Crested Butte, Colorado: Small Ski-Resort Town in the Rockies with Authentic Old West Charm
Crested Butte sits at 9,000 feet in southwest Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where it’s surrounded by some lovely scenery. Aspen groves dot the upper valleys of the town’s namesake peak, as well as fields of fiery indian paintbrush.
After a resort area was built on Mount Crested Butte in 1961, the former coal-mining town emerged as a major ski center, particularly for extreme skiers. Despite this rapid transformation, Crested Butte has preserved its roots. Victorian storefronts and art galleries line downtown Elk Avenue, and there’s a famous rum distillery that welcomes visitors year-round. For a glimpse into the town’s history, head to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, which has an elaborate diorama that depicts life in the mining days of the 1920s.
Though most famous for downhill skiing, Crested Butte is also a prime spot for other winter activities. Visitors can enjoy Mount Crested Butte’s snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trails, or make use of the surrounding area for backcountry skiing.