Many travel far and wide to discover the bounty of beauty that is Crested Butte in every season. With so many things to do in Crested Butte — and even more places to stay — choosing might be the hardest part.
From rustic retreats to hot tub havens, we’re here to help you sort through the variety of Crested Butte lodging options and find just the right experience for your trip.
1. Ski-in/Ski-Out at Axtel Condominiums
Literally the definition of ski-in/ski-out, Axtel Condos are conveniently located in Village Center and sit at the base of the Silver Queen lift — a high-speed chairlift that rises to the longest runs resort-wide. Each one- to three-bedroom unit comes furnished with a wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, kitchen and a common area to store your skis and gear. After a full day on the slopes, grab a cold one from the Avalanche Bar and Grill — or the “Avy” as locals know it — and finish up with a dip in Axtel’s outdoor hot tub.
2. Black Bear Lodge, a Rustic Mountain Retreat
With its exposed lodgepole beams, an imposing stone fireplace, stone-flanked surfaces and jetted master bath, Black Bear Lodge delivers nothing short of rustic mountain luxury. Each two-, three- or four-bedroom Gold Plus-rated condominium includes access to a large outdoor hot tub and its stunning down-valley views. Walk along the heated sidewalk as you make your way to the nearby WestWall lift. Or for the driving inclined, the heated underground garage keeps your vehicle free of ice and snow and ready for trips to the quaint Victorian town of Crested Butte.
3. Columbine: Unobstructed Views Atop Mt. Crested Butte
Warning: This property is not for the faint-hearted. Perched higher on the mountain than any other resort on this list, Columbine boasts commanding views of the town and valley — ahem, wildflower season — and unrivaled slopeside access to skiing, hiking and biking trails. Making it even easier to hit the powder is Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte and its full-service equipment delivery. Provide your measurements in advance and ski-rental technicians will bring the skis or snowboard right to your accommodations when you arrive. Condos vary in size and range from one to three bedrooms; some even include a charming loft with additional beds. Each unit features a wood-burning fireplace and full kitchen, while each rental includes access to the shared sauna, steam room, gas grill and outdoor hot tub — perfect for clear-night soaks watching the lights of historic Crested Butte sparkle and compete with the shimmer of an endless diamond sky.
4. Central Slopeside Locale at Buttes
If you’re hoping to strap on your gear, walk out the door and commence open-air activity in three minutes or less, look no further than Buttes. Offering one- to three-bedroom condos, each with its own private entry and balcony, fireplace and in-unit washer/dryer, this ski-in, ski-out sanctuary also serves as an excellent basecamp for all things Crested Butte. On mountain, select which of the two lasses — Red Lady or Silver Queen (both express quad chairlifts) — will be lucky enough to carry you up, up and away. On your way back to base, stop by The Bakery/Brown Labrador Pub for $1 pizza slices and a bevy of drink specials. You can’t get more central than this.
5. Panoramas Aplenty at Wood Creek Lodge
Blooming wildflowers in the summer. Rich red and gold foliage in fall. Snow-capped summits in the winter. Crested Butte’s bounty of beauty is visible round-the-clock to guests of Wood Creek Lodge. Offering modern amenities and a private balcony to marvel at the mighty view, each unit also comes equipped with a full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. In true Colorado fashion, spend some time roasting marshmallows by the brand-spankin’ new fire pit or take a dip in the open-air hot tub. The WestWall and Peachtree lifts are just 50 yards out — take a ride up and see what all the fuss is about.
6. All Under One Roof at Three Seasons
Ideal for families and groups, Three Seasons combines the convenience of a hotel with the comfort of a condo. Each suite has a separate living room, kitchen and fireplace — that encircle two large atriums and feature a host of amenities. Avoid mountain chills by relaxing in the indoor pool and hot tub, or channel your inner “pool shark” for a round of billiards in the game room. Cyclists rejoice — the property is furnished with a free bike washing station and an indoor storage facility designed to protect your precious cargo.
7. Chateaux, a Year-Round Party
With a 1,100-square-foot clubhouse ready to host large meetings, get-togethers and dinners, Chateaux makes family or group travel an absolute breeze. Winter visitors enjoy splashing around in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub, even as the flakes fall. What’s more, summer mountain bikers can rinse off their wheels at the complimentary bike wash station on-site. Condos range from one to four bedrooms (the largest of any on this list) and are furnished with a wood-burning fireplace, private deck and full kitchen.
8. Two (Hot Tubs) for the Price of One at Redstone
After playing like a Crested Butte local, the last thing anyone wants to do is awkwardly squeeze between strangers for an end-of-day plunge in the resort hot tub. Located just a short three-minute walk to the base area, Redstone alleviates any anxiety by providing not just one, but two hot tubs for all guests to enjoy. Between stunning mountain vistas and out-of-this-world stargazing, this property lends itself to this additional amenity. Inside, units boast open floorplans, generous square footage, private balconies, cozy fireplaces and full kitchens. If you manage to peel yourself away, head to nearby Django’s for an upscale feast you won’t soon forget.
9. Snowcrest Trifecta: Unbeatable Views, Location & Price
Yes, nearly all of the properties on this list include some fashion of a bubbling bath complete with some sort of outlook, but few properties can hold a candle to Snowcrest’s outdoor deck and hot tub. Boasting one of the best Crested Butte Wildflower Festival vantages due to its slightly elevated and central locale, this property feels like it’s off the beaten path when, in fact, it’s right in the heart of it all. Accessible via the private pedestrian footbridge, guests are just steps away from two express chairlifts, charming shops and gourmet restaurants. Inside, each unit features a circular freestanding fireplace (think rustic mountain chalet), as well as a private balcony and full kitchen at surprisingly affordable rates.
10. High Above the Rest, Eagle’s Nest
Perched high on the hillside across from the base area sits the aptly named Eagle’s Nest townhomes. Each unit features a glimpse of Mt. Crested Butte, so capturing views this special require not just one, but two private balconies. Watch the sun rise and fall from the comfort of your master suite, or head to the living room and nestle up next to the wood-burning fireplace. Keep your vehicle parked in the attached, private garage as you voyage out and about on the free shuttle — the property sits directly on the Condo Loop Shuttle route. A fully equipped kitchen, in-unit washer/dryer, common area saunas and two outdoor hot tubs make Eagle’s Nest one of the best.
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