2013 Winter Destinations: Crested Butte, Colorado

Winter is great, except when you’re holed up with no sun all day. Take your weekends back with one of these fresh, easy adventures.

Feb 27, 2013
Outside Magazine
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The Ultra-luxe Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte.    Photo: David Marlow

Skiers wanting to splurge on one big trip usually look to high-end resorts like Aspen, Park City, or Jackson. This winter consider Crested Butte. The funky mountain town has one of the best (if priciest) all-inclusive ski packages around, based at the six-bedroom, 13,500-square-foot Scarp Ridge Lodge. Groups of 12 get meals cooked by a private chef (try the elk tenderloin), an indoor salt-water pool, and endless fresh tracks. Each morning, local outfitter CS Irwin ferries up to a dozen guests to the West Elk Mountains via a pimped-out cat with roomy leather seats and a flatscreen TV. From there, powder skiing is guaranteed—Scarp Ridge has private access to 1,000 acres of drops ($12,500 per night for up to 12 people).