Paul and Kathy Hooge, owners of Hooge Haus, have lived in Mt Crested Butte for 23 years and are very knowledgable and active in the community. We are from Ohio and both graduated from Ohio State University. Paul has a degree in art and archaeology and Kathy has a degree in education. We both skied and raced in the Midwest, but always took vacations in the West so it was an easy choice to move here. In 1992 when we first stopped in Crested Butte, we were in awe of the huge surrounding mountain peaks and open vistas. We were looking for ski-in property and found it in Mt Crested Butte in 1993.
It took us 5 years to build our 3500 sqft home and we have upgraded and made improvements every year since. Hooge Haus is the only home in the US that has a world class ski (1750-1975), snowshoe and ice skating exhibit that is set up and labeled museum style. Because of its unique characteristics, the Haus was featured in December 2014 Powder Magazine, Crested Butte Magazine Winter 2015-15, November/December 2014 International Skiing History Magazine and Crested Butte News Winter Visitor’s Guide 2014-15. Although Hooge Haus has several museum quality exhibits, it is not cluttered and everything is fastened securely making it child friendly — our grade school-aged grandchildren visit on a regular basis.
Hooge Haus is divided into three separate but attached vacation rentals that can be combined or rented individually: the Ski History Haus, the J.C. Killy Condo and the Freestyle Condo (caretaker unit). When we rent our home, we stay in our caretaker unit, that has its own entry at the rear. Most people never even know we are around, but it is good if you have questions or need assistance.
Crested Butte is the last great ski town in North America, it is the wildflower capital of Colorado and home to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Hooge Haus is close to it all. In the winter from Hooge Haus you can walk 5 minutes up the ski easement to the West Wall quad lift. For most of the ski season, you can cross Hunter Hill Rd from the West Wall lift and ski down on the easement next to the Haus to Castle Rd. The free shuttle bus to/from the base area stops in front of the Haus every 1/2 hour, and it is a 6 minute walk in the summer to one of the bus stops to catch the free shuttle to town. On your bike in the summer you can start from Hooge Haus and within 3 minutes be on one of the area’s major mountain biking trails (Upper Loop) or the paved recreation path in to town only 2.5 miles away.