Crested Butte is renowned for its extreme skiing but there a little gems of green and blue runs that are just plain nice to do – particularly for the kids. Bubba’s Shortcut – sandwiched between Mineral Point and Poverty Gulch – is one of those. At the beginning it’s narrow, tree-lined and only really wide enough for kids. Halfway down it opens out to some nice gentle undulations and finishes with a tuck-fest to try and get uphill on to Houston without having to pole.

The first section is very narrow and tough for adults to slow down, so I found it hard following the kids in – and had to bail out of the path to stop at one stage – but you can join about half-way down from Poverty Gulch. It’s not always groomed which can add the fun…

The kids only started to ski last year and had black runs in their sights this year (which they did) but they kept heading back to Bubba’s Shortcut every time they could…

Technically, we did go cat-skiing in Crested Butte. We got in a “toast rack” behind a snowcat, were taken up a portion of a mountain and, eventually, skied back down the mountain. Admittedly, we were taken up a green run (Painter Boy) to get to some blue runs – after a nice warm cup of Joe at Camp4Coffee…

The snowcat ride had been kindly laid on by Crested Butte Mountain Resort while they fixed Painter Boy Lift. We were second or third day into our trip and weren’t heading higher in that weather…

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