Family revisits happy memories in Crested Butte, Colo.

Charming, authentic and alive with creative spirit, Crested Butte, Colo., is a natural gem to be treasured and enjoyed by young and old alike.
BY NANCY LEONARD, For The Oklahoman Published: December 22, 2013

— Nine years ago I fell in love with Crested Butte, which at one time was a quaint, coal-mining community, nestled in the East River Mountain Range of Western Colorado. Our family was invited to visit the home of a good friend who had been enjoying the area for years.

The historic town was everything he promised and more, so much so that our family has returned every year since. Charm-ing, authentic and alive with creative spirit, the town is a natural gem to be treasured and enjoyed by young and old alike.

The people who live here are genuine, warm and friendly, always willing to help and offer assistance to others. They are resourceful with a sense of community, drawn to the area for its breathtaking beauty and opportunities to experience outdoor adventure at its best. Many are artists, craftsmen, business owners and chefs who share a spiritual connection to the mountains and a quality way of life. Together they offer the fortunate visitors and families year-round, unparalleled experiences of excitement, culture and culinary delight.

As the aspen leaves burst forth with a brilliant yellow and the crisp mountain air turns to glittering frost, the skiers and snowboarders are preparing to meet the winter challenges of the exceptional terrain of Mount Crested Butte. Often called “the last great Colorado ski town,” the area is known for its world-class nordic and downhill skiing. Tubing, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, hockey and fishing are but a few of the sports available to pursue.

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Crested Butte, Colo.

Driving time from Oklahoma City is about 720 miles and 12 hours.

United Airlines offers flights from Oklahoma City and Tulsa through Denver to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport.

Winter/ski season officially starts Nov. 27 and ends April 6.

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