Need to know
Four, including three suites.
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $1700.00, excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Guests choose from a room-only rate or the (all the way to) Eleven Experience; which includes all meals, a guide and host, daily adventures and necessary kit, return airport transfers from Gunnison or Montrose, local transportation and bike hire.
Not sure whether to pull on your thickest parka or your breeziest outfit – there’s a daily updated blackboard with the current weather situation propped up on the fireplace, alongside the day’s newspaper. You don’t have to go outside to wildlife spot: your new digs have a resident buffalo (head) and pheasant, both stuffed, but house-trained. There’s a little history here too – the house was built in 1882; in the 1920s it was turned into a saloon by the fittingly named Martin Spritzer. The past is in-built, with floors sourced from an old sugar factory and roof beams from a midwestern barn. If you're staying under the full package, a photoshoot is included (to capture your sick ski moves and bike stunts) too.
Annually, the hotel’s winter season runs from 27 November to 15 April, the summer season from 25 May to 15 October. In between the house shutters up for a well-earned rest.
At the hotel
Shared courtyard garden with a hot tub, unheated plunge pool, sauna and fire pit; Big Green Egg barbecue; access to a games room with a jukebox, pool table and board games; stone fireplace; full kitchen; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen with AirPlay and Apple TV; sound system; brilliant free minibar with plentiful water, both regular and coconut, and treats such as chocolate-coated pretzels, sriracha popcorn, dried mango, sweet and savoury peanuts and almonds, and chocolate espresso beans; tea- and coffee-making kit; adjustable spa slippers and Jack Black bath products. Rainbow has a little library and Camp 4 has a separate attic room with a Nintendo Wii.
Our favourite rooms
The Rainbow Room is actually a more of a spring-bud green with a Najavo-print headboard and curtains in tasteful pastels. But where it’s lacking in colour-wheel commitment, it’s packed with rustic charm: wooden beams, a dramatic chandelier of tangled antlers, and its own little garden. We’d also quite happily curl up in its cushioned reading nook and pluck books from the library built around it. The Trappers Room wins most beautiful bath tub for its rolltop, and Kebler gets brownie points for its romantic four-poster bed. The kids room sits up in the eaves; there’s little natural light in the playroom, but the two large single beds are ideal for a pair of smalls.
The Great Outdoors awaits, so there’s no time to soak in your Speedos. However, there’s a copper hot tub in the communal courtyard, and a (very) petite plunge pool for brisk, revivifying dunkings. For a little more space to swim in, book Sopris House with sister property Scarp Ridge Lodge, which has an elegant swimmin’ hole in its basement.
There’s no full spa to speak of, but a roster of agile-fingered masseurs can be called on to soothe post-ski or hike aches; there’s a small outdoor sauna too. You can also request a personal trainer if you don’t feel quite active enough.
If you’ve booked the room-only rate, sling your snow gear and any other active accoutrements you’ll need in your case. Otherwise, bring a waterproof and breathable sporting gear.
The Rainbow Room is wheelchair-accessible, though not specially adapted.
Pets can stay in specially selected rooms for $50 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Crested Butte.
All ages welcome, but juniors will be most at home here (babies may struggle on the backcountry slopes…). Camp 4 is the kids room with two large singles and a playroom. Babysitting is available for $30 an hour (must be booked a week in advance).
The private nature of the house makes it suitable for all ages, but juniors, tweens and teens will be able to take full advantage of the activities.
Camp 4 in the house’s eaves, which has two oversized single beds and a separate playroom, with a TV, minibar and Nintendo Wii.
This is where Sopris House excels. Any activities requested for families are tailored to each member’s abilities. The guides are as adept at looking after kids as they are adults; and they’re skilled at gauging ability levels, sourcing suitable routes for biking, levels of white-water rafting and gentler hikes. They’ll seek out the best baby slopes for beginner skiers, too.
Kids can splash about in the hot tub and plunge pool, but they’re unsupervised. Ask nicely and the neighbours at Scarp Ridge Lodge may let you use their more sizeable swimming spot.
The chef can whip up a range of family-pleasing meals. But if you’ve decided to check out the local dining scene instead, Crested Butte’s eateries star plenty of family favourites: generously packed burgers, chicken fingers and snack-y fried things, pizzas, pastas… Plot your route correctly and vegetable-dodgers can avoid greens for their entire stay.
Babysitting is available for $30 an hour (must be booked a week in advance).
No need to pack
The baby-kit cache is impressive, with changing mats, potties, bottle-sterilising facilities, booster seats, bibs, weaning spoons and cutlery, strollers, books for all ages, puzzles, U-rated DVDs, PG or 12-rated DVDs, arts materials, and bike helmets.
A full complement of baby surveillance is offered here, both listening and monitors.