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Club Med at Crested Butte, Colorado: Winter Paradise

submitted by: Sheree Bykofsky

You’ve heard of Aspen. You’ve heard of Vail. What about Crested Butte? No? That’s why the few people who revel in the pristine beauty and multi-level ski fun of the most magnificent mountain in Colorado have it all to themselves.

But shush, don’t tell anyone. In this winter wonderland, snowshoers, skiers and snowboarders enjoy pristine, secluded runs and no lift lines. Not only can beginners learn from the friendly and patient staff of experienced snow sport instructors at the all-inclusive resort, but experts can improve their skills and everyone can gape at the aerial antics of super-talented daredevils in the halfpipe terrain park. Extreme skiers will also find slopes to carve, thus making Crested Butte the only winter sport resort destination you’ll ever need.

And even if you’re not a skier, there’s lots to do here. Take a guided horseback tour through the Rockies, try a sleigh-ride dinner, or even go dogsledding. Or you might just want to lounge around in Club Med’s sauna or indoor heated pool, and even splurge on a massage. (You’re on vacation, remember?)

Crested Butte is an especially upscale Club Med destination, so it’s suitable for families, couples and singles alike. And all of Club Med’s locations are now all-inclusive (including food, drinks, entertainment, and more). Club Med Crested Butte features two restaurants: the Meribel, which offers buffet-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners; and the Wilderness, where you might enjoy an intimate meal of local specialties with your sweetie. Don’t miss the incredible fondue at the Wilderness: and did you know that if you drop a piece of fondue, you have to kiss whomever you’re sharing it with?

In the evenings, stroll through the quaint, historical town of Crested Butte; it’s a picture perfect storybook western town, the ideal place to shop, dine, or maybe play a hand or two of poker in the local saloon. Don’t let the gingerbread Victorian houses fool you; Crested Butte may have historical charm, but it’s far from a ghost town! It’s home to slate-art galleries, theatre, music, dance, and scores of fine restaurants – and you‘ll want to try everything.

Crested Butte has been called “the last great Colorado ski town.” Make a winter getaway to Club Med before the secret gets out!

Sheree Bykofsky is the author of The Best Places to Kiss in and Around NYC and the 52 Most Romantic Dates in and Around NYC