Located off the beaten path of I-70, Crested Butte is known for more time on the slopes and less time in lift lines. The 1,547 acres of skiable terrain offers something for every skiing ability. With over half the mountain geared to intermediate and beginner skiers and a centrally located base area; it is a great place for families and groups with all ability levels. For the more adventurous skiers and snowboarders Crested Butte is a dream with some of the best lift-served extreme terrain in the nation. Home to first winter X games, the longest extreme skiing competition in the world, quirky costume events, and our friendly vibe, Crested Butte is a place you want to add to your skiing and snowboarding bucket list. If you aren’t a big skier or snowboarder, there are still a plethora of activities for you to enjoy as well- surrounded by 1.7 million acres of national forest, you can snowshoe, fat bike, and cross country ski, right out your door in any direction.
Winter Fast Facts
November 23, 2017 to April 8, 2018
Hours 9 am – 4 pm
Crested Butte is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The resort lies in the town of Mt. Crested Butte three miles from the town of Crested Butte, one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp.
Best Known For
The town boasts one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts, with charm impossible to convey in words. Although "magical" and "charming" are words synonymous with Crested Butte, this doesn't mean the town hasn't kept a bit of its irreverence. Crested Butte is also known to many as “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town”.
Crested Butte is home to Colorado's first X-Games, the legendary U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, the Al Johnson Uphill-Downhill Nordic Race and the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse.
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.
Average Annual Snowfall 300+ inches
Skiable Acres 1,547 acres/626 hectares
Base Elevation 9,375 ft/2,856 m
Summit Elevation 12,162 ft/3,707 m
Highest Lift 11,875 ft/3,620 m
Lowest Lift 9,100 ft/2,774 m
Overall: 3,062 ft/933 m (requires short hike to Peak Terrain)
Lift served: 2,775 ft/846 m
Number of Lifts 15 Total
- 4 high-speed detachable quad chairs
- 2 fixed grip quad
- 2 triple chairs
- 2 double chairs
- 2 surface lifts
- 3 Magic Carpets
Lift Capacity 20,020 people/hour
Snowmaking 297 acres (120 hectares) of terrain covered by 14 of 15 lifts
Grooming 5 Prinoth snowcats groom roughly 300 acres nightly
Trails 121 total
- 26% beginner
- 57% intermediate
- 14% advanced
- 3% expert
Extreme Limits 542 acres of in-bounds, double-black-diamond terrain
Longest Run 2.6 miles/4.2 km (Peak to Treasury)
CBMR’s terrain park program is designed to offer a clear progression to guests. Whether mastering jumps or rails, riders will find a series of features that matches their ability level, allowing them to move from beginner to more advanced lines within each park and then to more advanced parks as skills improve.
Beginner Park: This popular park is located off the Painter Boy lift and is open to skiers, snowboarders and snowskates. The park offers a full progression of features from rolling terrain to beginner hits and rails. It is open to all ages and is popular with kids. Special feature for parents: enjoy a cup of joe at Ten Peaks at the top of the park while watching the kids rip it up.
Snowboard/Ski Cross Track: Located on Canaan off the Paradise Express, descending under the lift, this track is designed for multi-user fun. It is open throughout the bulk of the season in preparation for the USASA Southwest Colorado Series races, but is open to all skiers and riders looking for berm turns and rollers, as the dynamic terrain takes you down the slope.
Jib Park: The Keystone Rail Park is the resort’s first park to open for the season, offering a variety of rail features from beginner to intermediate levels. The focus is on providing fun, creative features that less experienced and expert riders alike are sure to enjoy. The Keystone Jib Park evolves throughout the season with new features, jibs and rails to keep it fresh.
Smith Hill Park: Crested Butte Mountain Resort's newest terrain park addition, the Smith Hill Park blends medium sized features into the natural contours of the trail. Located off of the Red Lady Express Lift and Smith Hill trail, skiers and riders can follow the Smith Hill Park to the Jib Park for a longer run.
Advanced Park: The Gold Link Terrain Park, (1,800 feet long) located under the Gold Link lift on the Cascade trail, includes medium and large jump features and a full spread of rail features. Catch big air, go fast and enjoy the various lines of features to continue your skiing and riding progression.
Mt. Crested Butte: 801
Crested Butte: 1,487
Gunnison County: 15,324
Bars & Restaurants
CBMR/On-Mountain: 8/3 of those are on-mountain
Mt. Crested Butte: 13
Crested Butte: 31
Distance from Major Centers
Gunnison: 28 miles/45 km south
Denver: 230 miles/368 km northeast
Montrose: 90 miles/144 km southwest
Colorado Springs: 194 miles/312 km east
Aspen: 24 air miles/38 km (and one very big mountain range). 2.5 hour drive in the summer; 4-5 hour drive in the winter (Kebler Pass is closed during winter months)
Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport (GUC): 29 miles/46 km south
Montrose Airport (MTJ): 95 miles/153km southwest
Travelers now have the option to fly direct to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport from markets that include Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and Houston - each a popular hub allowing skiers and snowboards a one-stop option to access the area. Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is another convenient way to get to Crested Butte. Only 90 miles away, Montrose has direct flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, La Guardia (NY), Los Angeles, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. See the full air service in this media guide for detailed flight information or go to www.skicb.com/air.
Activities for People With Disabilities
The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) of Crested Butte provides year-round outdoor recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families. Winter programs include adaptive instruction for alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding. Lessons include private instruction, a lesson-only lift ticket, and equipment. The ASC also has an extensive summer program with activities including boating, cycling, rock climbing and horseback riding. For more information, call 866-349-2296, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.adaptivesports.org.
Uley's Cabin takes its name from local historical figure and bootlegger Uley Scheer. Uley’s reputation as a provider of food and moonshine are the inspiration for the dining and entertainment at Uley’s Cabin. The menu features Colorado cuisine with French influences and changes often. The sleigh ride dinner consists of a 5-course meal, once you arrive at the small cabin, located mid-mountain at the base of the Twister Lift. Lunch is served daily, as well as drinks on the outside bar, made out of ice.
CBMR’s base area Adventure Park comes complete miniature golf, bungee trampolines, and a climbing wall. The bungee trampolines provide a turbo-charged, gravity-defying ride up to 30 feet in the air, while the Climbing Pinnacle features a 28-foot, 6-route tower with auto-belay. The Adventure Park is open year-round.
Zip Line Tours
The guided zipline tour includes five zip lines and a series of suspension bridges. Fly through the aspen trees, over skiers bikers and hikers. The Crested Butte Zip Line Tour is a 2-hour tour that is available during the summer, fall and winter seasons. In order to accommodate the winter operation, crews modified many features and structures for guests to enjoy no matter the weather.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort's snowshoe tour is a unique way to experience the majestic surroundings of Crested Butte. Tours explore areas of the mountain where few skiers go, including Snodgrass Mountain, adjacent to Crested Butte Mountain. Participants learn about the history of the area and qualities of the local ecosystem. Tours last about two and a half hours, involve approximately two miles of hiking, and include a guide, snowshoes, poles, a lift ride, water, and a light snack. Ninety percent of the tour is downhill or flat, but participants enjoy a great workout along the way. Tours leave twice a day at 9:45am and 1:15pm.
Full Moon Parties at Ten Peaks
Take a self-guided skin or snowshoe tour to the top of Ten Peaks and warm up inside the Umbrella Bar. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner under the moonlight, including fondue, salad, soup or chili, dessert and one complimentary wine or beer. The dates for 2017-2018 are: January 1 and 31, and March 1 and 31. Pricing: $35 per person (prices subject to change). For information and reservations, please call 970-349-2211, visit the Adventure Center or skicb.com/events.
The Nordic Center is the hub of recreational activity in the town of Crested Butte. Experience the beauty of the Gunnison Valley with over 55 kilometers of track groomed for classic and skate cross-country skiing or guided backcountry tours. Crested Butte Mountain Resort now offers a 5k loop in North Village in Mt. Crested Butte for Nordic Center guests to utilize additional skiing on the mountain. Guests do need to purchase a Nordic pass to use this loop. If you are new to the sport, there are instructors for teaching all levels. A full fleet of rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center. Call Crested Butte Vacations to make reservations. Pricing ranges from $10 - $15 per person for a day pass, to $35 - $60 per person for a lesson package, to $20 - $65 per person for a specialty tour (moonlight, brunch, etc.). Prices subject to change. Call 970-349-1707 for more information or visit the website at www.cbnordic.org.
This is another MUST DO! With the Victorian Storefronts, painted fun colors and a small-town quirky feel, this is what makes Crested Butte like no other ski town in Colorado and why Powder Magazine fans recently voted the town as the #1 Ski Town in North America. There are some great shops to check out, art galleries, bars with unique cocktails and plenty of restaurants to please any palate.
For those looking for a completely unique mountaineering experience that is typically only found in the European Alps and comparable to Chamonix’s famed Cosmiques Arete, book with Crested Butte Mountain Guides to do Mt. Crested Butte’s ‘Guide Ridge.’ Experience the thrill, exposure, challenge, and beauty of this technically easy, yet rarely traveled route to the top of Crested Butte’s most iconic peak. This tour is offered both winter and summer.