My wife & I are Coloradans and have long-visited Crested Butte in the summer. There are two communities there: what we call "old town", and the "mountain", Mt. Crested Butte, the ski community. There is a very fine shuttle that operates between the two towns that lie about 3 miles apart. We stayed at the Grand Lodge at the mountain.
First of all, let us ask you a rhetorical question, "What is the time of year most ski communities choose to erect new condos and repair existing facilities?" Right: SUMMER time! Travelers beware. We spent $200 a night only to be awakened each day at 7:00 am by the beep-beep-beep of construction traffic and an expansive view of excavated hillsides a billows of blowing dirt. We abandoned the Avalanche's outdoor cafe for an 11:45 am lunch due to the roar and dust of a concrete saw a few yards away! The mountain is being decimated with condos and high rise hotels. The streets are congested. The charm of both towns is rapidly fading. Elk Street-- the main drag in historic old town-- is lined with high-priced boutiques, real estate offices, and noisy bars filled with rowdy full-grown kids. The only time-honored tradition is Slocars: an early 20th century eatery featuring a glorious half a fried chicken with all-u-can-eat sides of creamed corn, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes for $14.95pp.
Many come to Crested Butte for the festivals-- and there are many every summer-- but for us, it has been the unbridled beauty of the area. Some dare still call it the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado". We add lyrics to the well-known song: "Developers pick them everywhere. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"