The beautiful Victorian mining village of Crested Butte almost died off in the late 1950s when its coal deposits were exhausted. However, the development of 11,875ft Mount Crested Butte into a world-class ski resort in the 1960s, and a mountain-bikers' paradise two decades later, means that today it can claim to be the top year-round resort in Colorado.
In skiing and snowboarding circles, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (one-day lift tickets $59 early season, $82 rest of season; Tel:970/349-2333 or 1-800/810-7669, Web: www.skicb.com ) is known for its extreme terrain, with lifts serving out-of-the-way bowls and faces that would only be accessible by helicopter at other resorts. There are also plenty of long beginner runs.
In summer, mountain bikes all but outnumber cars around the town. Trails and include the gorgeous 401 with its wide-open vistas; the thickly wooded Dyke Trail; and the varied Deadman's Gulch. The Alpineer, 419 6th St (Tel:970/349-5210 or 1-800/223-4655, Web: www.alpineer.com ) offers a selection of rental bikes.