Eleven Experience’s flagship property delivers a rare combination of an authentic mountain town setting alongside some of the world’s most exclusive skiing. Located in the heart of Crested Butte, dubbed Colorado’s last great ski town for its historic charm and soulful spirit, Scarp Ridge Lodge feels like a European ski chalet with Rocky Mountain style. The former Croatian saloon still has its Wild West facade, but the interiors have been transformed with reclaimed iron from the old mills in town and generous amenities, like an indoor saltwater pool and oxygen-enriched air system. Each morning a custom-designed snowcat will be waiting at the front door to whisk guests to 1,000+ acres of exclusive ski terrain in nearby Irwin. The area receives an average of 450 inches of snow per year and its cold-smoke powder is legendary. Our guides know where to find the deepest powder runs and wide open alpine bowls. Two on-mountain cabins, outfitted with fireplaces, dining areas and seating spaces provide guests with a comfy place to warm up, recharge, and kick off après. Back at the lodge, a steamy rooftop hot tub is the perfect setting to relive the day’s highlights.
Summer: Crested Butte is the place to get it. Considered a mountain biking mecca, the area boasts the largest single track system in the U.S. with more than 750 miles of trails to be explored. Hike or bike through alpine meadows carpeted in technicolor blooms, or forested trails canopied in autumnal gold. There’s no set itinerary. Each day you choose your own adventure, from float trips where you’ll stalk rainbow trout, to afternoons rock climbing the high granite cliffs of the Taylor Canyon. Guests can combine their stay with a few nights at Eleven Experience’s sister property, the fishing-centric Taylor River Lodge, just 30 minutes away.