Best Ski Resorts: Crested Butte, Colorado

Ideal for off-piste.

    Photo: Courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 INCHES
PRICE OF A BUNK AT THE LOCAL HOSTEL: $31
THE EXPERT: MURRAY WAIS, 41, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, MATCHSTICK PRODUCTIONS
Crested Butte has the steepest untamed skiing in Colorado, a state known for luxury resorts and groomed runs. Here it's steep and cheap—the lodging is mid-level luxury. We aren't on the giant strip mall that is I-70. Look, there's no better place to ski than Vail if you love groomed runs. But if you think grooming sucks and you're a fun-loving powder skier, Crested Butte is the place for you. It's unique because it's a community. We fight malls, sprawl, and waste. No one wears fur here. There is no Prada or Gucci. The only chain stores are the gas stations. HOT TIP Get up early and head to Camp 4 Coffee: the best Americano in the world. I know—I've been making movies for 16 years and have drunk coffee all over the globe. Have a cup and head to the hill. Make a war.

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