There are million reasons why Colorado is awesome. But I won’t bore you with a million. I’ll just tell you the top five reasons that I love this high, mountainous place.
5 Best Things to do in Colorado
1) Fantastic Colorado skiing (Duh.)
Despite being pretty mediocre at it, I quite like skiing. I do not, however, like hobnobbing with Snooty Snoots in fur coats or paying in first-borns for lift tickets. Crested Butte is a tiny ski town full of sweet, laid back people in technical gear with prices that are doable those of us who aren’t millionaire celebrities. And since it’s the end of the season, there are tons of great deals to be had! Forpetesake, you can buy one/get one free lift pass when you guy 10 gallons of Shell gas! I don’t think skiing will ever be cheap, per se, but Crested Butte makes it significantly more plausible for The Rest Of Us.
2) Shop dogs
I love dogs. I like shopping. If you have a dog in your shop, I’m going to spend 300% more time there. If your dog is wearing a neon bandana? Well, Colorado Freeskier, I kind of want to move into your store and spend my remaining days wrestling with Po and watching her fetch things. And I guess Hoss at Irwin is pretty cute, too.
Don’t you think every retail space would be improved with the introduction of an appropriately attired animal?
3) Crack fries (yes, that’s what they’re really called)
Now, I wouldn’t recommend that you navigate the four hours of mountain driving to visit Lobar in Crested Butte just to eat these fries. EXCEPT, YES YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT. Here’s what we’re talking about, guys: matchstick thin fries. tossed in Parmesan cheese, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, truffle oil. topped with more Parmesan cheese. Served with a side a sweet chili aioli. What? Yes. That’s the sound of my keyboard filling with drool from writing about them. I actually had to push them across the table and out of my reach so I wouldn’t awkwardly eat the whole bowl that we’d ordered for the group.
4) Ski and snowboard friendly buses
I am weirdly enamored with public transportation in other places (remember the goats and people on top of the buses in Nepal?) In Crested Butte, there’s a free bus that shuttles between the little towns and the ski resort. You just load your skis or snowboard onto the rack outside, hop on, and you’re good to go!
5) You can do everything, ever there
After the snow melts, there’s probably nothing to do in Colorado, right? Incorrect, friends! Apparently, there’s actually more stuff to do! Zip-lining! Hiking! Ghost towns! Wild flowers! White water rafting! Cycling! Horses! And: eating more crack fries.
Have you ever been to Colorado? What did you love?