Living in the lap of luxury isn’t at the top of the priority list for many skiers and snowboarders. Whereas some travelers prefer the creature comforts of hotels like five-star gourmet restaurants and lavish spas, many would be happier building their own fire and sipping hot cider from old Mason jars. Fortunately, there are still Colorado ski cabins that evoke a sense of the old West.
Take the Pioneer, for example. It first opened back in 1939 and was Colorado’s first resort. While you won’t catch any skiers or snowboarders carving trails in the fresh powder here, you can still stay in the charming little cabins that are set among aspen, blue spruce and fir trees.
Matt and Leah Whiting are credited with saving the resort. They purchased it back in 2001 and have since renovated each of the cabins to give them a retro, old West feel. Each of the cabin features majestic appointments like window boxes, a small porch, a bright red door and a tin roof.
Adds Matt Whiting: “When it opened, it cost $1 a day to ski here – quite a lot of money for the time People came from all over, from Texas and Oklahoma – but they must have had quite a rude awakening when they got here. The ski area was very steep.”
Today, eight cabins remain and are available for rent. There are four, studio-style cabins that sleep four adults comfortably, and four larger cabins that sleep six adults. All eight cabins are located above Cement Creek and offer open floorplans with a kitchen, wood-burning stove and quilt-covered. It’s meant to feel like your Crested Butte home away from home, which is exactly the spirit they embody.
If you’re interested in renting one of the Pioneer Guest Cabins, please call (970) 349 5517 or visit pioneerguestcabins.com. Rates start at $119 per night for the smaller cabins.
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