I spent Last summer in Gunnison. Such a sick town. Yeah they dont have it built like denver or Ft. Collins or Durango, but thats why it's better. Tried to get my old summer job but got a job offer in AK.
Don't listen to the haters. If you like the outdoors you'll love Gunnison. If you want a true ski town feel, Crest butte is about good as it gets. Limited tourist, Bigmnt terrian, solid park. Season pass is expensive even with student discount.