Need to know
Six suites. Five have king-size beds, the sixth is a children’s room with seven bunks and a connecting nanny room.
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $1435.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent.
Guests choose from a room-only rate (includes breakfast), or the Eleven Experience, a top-to-tail programme including all meals, expert-led activities, specialist kit, return airport transfers from Gunnison or Montrose, local transportation and bike hire.
The original saloon was built in 1885 for the town’s Croatian miner community – proof of the incredible pull-power of Colorado’s mines. Pushing through the glass-inlaid wooden doors, you can almost imagine a scene of brawling miners, pistol shots and painted ladies – don’t worry though, it’s more domesticated these days.
The hotel opens for the winter season on 15 December and closes on 15 April. The summer season is from 25 May to 15 October.
At the hotel
A cosy lounge area with a log-burning stove, a well-stocked kitchen and pantry, movie lounge, games room, bar room, spa with an oversized hot tub and sauna, gym/fitness room and a further hot tub on the roof. In rooms: minibar, iPod dock, an oxygen delivery system (to combat the effects of high altitude as you sleep), tea- and coffee-making facilities, and bath products by Kiehl’s, Jack Black and Compagnie de Provence.
Our favourite rooms
The Red Lady, which is the nickname for Mt. Emmons, who can be seen in all her glory from the room’s windows. The largest of the hotel’s suites, it has a high, vaulted ceiling with pale beams, a king-size four-poster bed with thick curtains, an antique wooden chest, two comfy armchairs and an ensuite bathroom with a metal bateau bath tub and a steam shower. Children will love the Bunk Room, which has smart wooden bunks with wrought-iron ladders and a connecting nanny room known as Peanut.
The pool room has a ceiling of reclaimed wooden beams, giving it a historic feel in keeping with the rest of the house. It’s family-friendly, has a shallow end, and there are loungers at for those who want to keep an eye on little Smiths.
The hotel’s spa is just what the doctor ordered for the aches and pains that come from a long day’s skiing, hiking or biking. The sauna and steam room should work wonders, but if it’s an expert touch you’re after, there are various treatments like Swedish-, deep-tissue and Japanese Zen Shiatsu massage. There are several types of yoga on offer too, including Kundalini, Ashtanga and easy-flow.
Once a miners’ drinking hole, Scarp Ridge Lodge isn’t really the jacket-and-tie sort – you’re more likely to catch guests comparing the waterproofing of their ski jackets than the latest Parisian fashions. It can also get seriously cold in winter, so embrace your sensible wardrobe.
The hotel’s communal areas are wheelchair accessible, but there aren’t any specially-adapted guest rooms.
Pets are welcome at the hotel for an extra $50 a night (the Whetstone and Butte suites are dog-friendly). The hotel can also provide dog bowls, tennis balls, leads, treats and that all-important lint roller. See more pet-friendly hotels in Crested Butte.
Very welcome. There’s a dedicated children's room with seven bunks and a connecting nanny room. Extra beds can be added to some rooms on request, and babysitting is available for $30 an hour (a week’s notice is needed).
Children aged six to 12, who will get a lot out of the dedicated junior guides and the games room.
The Bunk Room, which sleeps up to seven (eight if you include the attached nanny room). They’ll love the den-like loft space and the sense of freedom.
Specialised kids equipment, expert instruction and a friendly approach ensure children get the most out of their Eleven Experience. Back at the lodge, there’s a dedicated playroom with children's books, a large TV with Netflix access, board games, games consoles and even a rocking horse to keep them occupied.
Children are welcome at the pool at any time. It has a shallow end, floats are available and swimming lessons can be arranged on request.
Meals are always made to order, so the chef wil be more than happy to chop and change the menu.
The hotel doesn’t provide a nanny, but there is a nanny room connected to the Bunk room. Babysitters can be booked for $30 an hour (a week’s notice is needed)
No need to pack
Baby bedlinen, changing mats or a buggy – there’s one at the lodge.
Monitors are available, and the hotel offer a baby listening service.