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Exploring Crested Butte & Aspen

Crested Butte

If you’re looking to eschew the gross wealth and prices of Aspen and Vail but still catch the charm and activity of a Colorado mountain town, Crested Butte is the perfect resort. Rightfully proud of its less gaudy, more down to earth crowd, Crested Butte has all the skiing, mountain biking and other outdoor activities one might crave and a charming historic setting to boot. Like Aspen, it’s an old mining town and is still blessed with the Victorian architecture of that period — it has just managed to avoid the overt opulence that defines Aspen. The skiing is great too, and the mountain has been host to the annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships along with the last two ESPN Winter X Games. The visitor center is located at 601 Elk Ave. (970) 349-6438.

Getting There
Car  
Crested Butte is located off CO 135, 28 miles north of Gunnison.

Plane  
Part of Crested Butte’s slower development can be attributed to its location. Not as easy to access as many other resorts, it requires more planning to reach. There is a small airport at Gunnison which receives flights from American, Delta, United Express, and Western Pacific. Alpine Express offers shuttles from the airport. (970) 641-5074

Bus  
Greyhound services Gunnison from a variety of destinations where one can connect with Alpine Express to Crested

Aspen

Hollywood and the rest of the world’s rich and infamous have found their altitude fix at this internationally known mountain resort for years. The city shops (and prices) cater to glamorous crowds and Aspen is about as glitzy as one can get in the state. The city has maintained a historic downtown district and does have a budding, if very chic, art scene. Not a budget traveler’s paradise by any means, but if there’s a piece of you that wants to see bills flow like water, catch a Hollywood star donning the latest mountain fashion, all amidst a historic, alpine mining town, Aspen could be worth a stop on your trip.  Glenwood Springs is a good base point for visiting Aspen ski resorts. The visitor center is located at 425 Rio Grande Pl. (970) 925-1940.  Aspen Mountain is the ski resort that juts straight up from the city and is open from early Dec. to the beginning of April. (970) 925-1220.

Getting There
Car  
Take I-70 to Glenwood Springs and then head south 38 miles along CO 82 to Aspen.

Coach  
The closest Greyhound destination is Glenwood Springs. From there Roaring Fork Transit offers bus daily service to Aspen.


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