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Weekend Cabin – An Old Croatian Dance Hall Turned Dreamy Ski Lodge

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In the early 1900s, the Croatian Hall hosted legendary four-day-long weddings and rowdy nights of drinking and dancing for the Croatian miners who called Crested Butte home. It’s just a few blocks away from downtown Crested Butte and nestled right up against Highway 12, a winding road closed to everything but snowmobiles and snowcats in the winter.

These days, it serves a slightly different crowd. Now the Scarp Ridge Lodge, the old Croatian Hall, has become a dreamy spot to spend a weekend or two for those with plenty of cash to spare. After a total overhaul of the interior—with an eye towards open spaces with lofty ceilings and locally sourced decor and materials—the historic exterior maintains its old mining town charm.

The 13,500-square-foot lodge is laid out like a home rather than a hotel and sleeps up to 30 guests in suites named for nearby peaks like Beckwith, Marcellina, and Whetstone. You can rent out the whole lodge for a big party or, depending on availability, snag an independent room. There are a fully stocked and staffed in-house bar and kitchen on the lower level, along with living rooms outfitted with fireplaces, huge projector screens, and plenty of space to sprawl.

An indoor saltwater pool comes equipped with an underwater sound system and is complemented by a hot tub, steam room, and sauna. Catch the sunset from the rooftop hot tub with spectacular views of the Butte.

Highway 12 offers excellent backcountry access throughout the winter. Guests can catch a snowcat at the lodge’s front door and spend a day skiing blower powder with local guide company Irwin Guides. It’s not a typical cat skiing operation: the backcountry cat barn comes with a bar, food, and plenty of space to take off your boots and lounge.

The whole operation is run by Eleven Experience, an international experiential travel company that focuses on offering their guests the best of both worlds: epic skiing, fishing, climbing, and the like, without sacrificing incredible design, architecture, and comfort when it comes to lodging.