Crested Butte is unlike any other Colorado ski town that I have ever been to. The moment you drive in, you can tell this is a special place, protected from becoming over-developed with tourism by its 5 hour haul from Denver (unlike many of the ski areas that are accessible within a couple of hours from the Denver airport).
The town is quaint and the streets are quiet but still lively with a special spirit; residents are friendly and people here really love their way of life, constantly surrounded by the beauty of nature.
The shops are locally owned and restaurants are mom-and-pop and delicious; you won't find a Starbucks in this town. At least, not yet.