Half the field has already been eliminated in this year's Curbed Cup, our competition to find the best ski town of the year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
The Curbed Cup's Elite Eight continues and this round is a huge matchup of ski town awesomeness: Crested Butte takes on Jackson Hole.
To make it to this week's voting, Crested Butte, Colorado absolutely dominated Stowe, Vermont, winning by hundreds of votes. And there's a reason: Crested Butte is just a really kick ass ski town. It's off the traffic-laden I-70 corridor, offers expanded flights this winter, and the mountain is focused on offering new experiences for its skiers. The ski area's 500-acre expansion is a few years away, but the resort recently built a new umbrella bar at mid-mountain and added more of its exceptional steep-and-deep terrain. Meanwhile, the town of Crested Butte is what ski country dreams are made of: walkable, with good dining, friendly locals, and reasonable lodging.
But if any ski town might be able to compete with the legit ski town-cred of Crested Butte, it's Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole went through Killington to make it to this round, and it could easily go all the way. Jackson Hole has pulled out all the stops this year in honor of its 50th anniversary. The ski area's first new lift and terrain expansion since 1997 takes the form of the Teton Lift, a new quad that will provide access to awesome expert skiing. Skiers can also expect new groomed runs and a new on-mountain bistro. The town of Jackson (despite struggling with affordable housing), is as good as ever, with top-notch dining, close skiing to the newly-revamped Snow King, and a great late-night vibe.