Looks like somebody found their way to Elk Avenue last night! That’s ok. It happens to the best of us. Shake off that fog and get after it, Crested Butte style. Here’s how to kick your day off right and finish strong (even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bunk).
Sunscreen Up + Hydrate
The key to stamina on the slopes is hydration and skin protection, especially when you’re at 10,000 feet in elevation. First things first, drink an insane amount of water. Then, grab a bottle of SuperGoop! sunblock at Crested Butte Mountain Outfitters and lather up to protect your skin and lips for an awesome day of sunny spring skiing. You have the whole day in front of you. Don’t get sunburned and end up even more dehydrated than you started out.
Get First Tracks
Fresh air and first chair is the ultimate cure for even the gnarliest of hangovers. Crested Butte’s First Tracks program grants you access to the mountain a full hour before the lifts officially open for the day. Shred pristine corduroy and untouched powder between 8 and 9 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 29. With 8 a.m. access to the mountain, you’ll get a full hour of shredding ahead of the crowds. That means no waiting in line, only fresh lines ahead, and no noise to make your headache pound.
Sip the Best Bloody Mary
I think we all know you earned this one. After First Tracks, head to Butte 66 for your tomato juice + potato juice attitude adjustment. The signature Butte 66 Bloody Mary has earned celeb status with its stacked garnishes that include crisp bacon or a fried chicken wing. Add a little hot sauce for some pep and nibble on all the toppings to start replenishing vital nutrients that may have gotten left behind last night.
Nosh on Chicken + Waffles
You’ve built a nice recovery base and regained balance with that Epic Bloody Mary. Now it’s time to introduce more food groups. Dive into a big cozy comfort food blanket and order the Chicken and Waffles brunch special at Butte 66. The base area bar and grille is famous for this dish (served daily 10 to 11:30 a.m.) comprised of hand-battered Red Bird chicken, homemade waffles and rich maple syrup. It’s got your morning’s source of carbs, protein and, of course, ooey gooey sugar. You’re getting healthier by the minute.
Get High: Silver Queen Express to High Lift to Rabbit Ears
Head back out while there’s still morning light and find your way to one of the most beautiful views on the mountain. Hop on the Silver Queen Express Lift to High Lift (make sure you have solid feet under you for the ride on the T-bar) and maneuver to the Rabbit Ears on The Headwall. The scenery of the surrounding sweeping valley is just enough inspiration to help you forget about your rough start. Snap a few pics and rip down the extreme terrain for a shot of pure adrenaline.