Colorado Skiing: The Big Mountains
Why Ski There: Steep slopes, an Old West main street, and a lack of crowds make Crested Butte one of the state's best sleeper mountains. Getting here takes work, but for those who like to ski hard and relax without pretense, it's perfect. If that's the vibe you like, go quickly: the area is fast becoming glitzier, with a $200 million resort renovation underway.
Don't Miss: An aprés-ski drink at the Ice Bar (970/349-2275), which is made from ice blocks.
Where to Stay: The new Lodge at Mountaineer Square brings the first round of luxury condos to Crested Butte (800/810-7669; www.lodgeatmountaineersquare.com). The newly redone Elevation Hotel, a former Club Med, now offers a spa and luxe rooms, and is steps from the slopes (800/810-7669; www.elevationhotelandspa.com).
Where to Eat: Take the snowcat sleigh ride up to 10,000 feet and dine on Italian fare at Rustica Ristorante in the Paradise Warming Hut (970/349-2274). Or check out the Lobar for sushi while swapping derring-do tales with locals (970/349-0480; www.thelobar.com).