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Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for our guests, employees, and resort property, as well as RESPECTING individual privacy, Crested Butte Mountain Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public, including recreational users, hobbyists, media or journalists.


Originally Adopted: November 26, 2015
Revised: December 8, 2016

With respect to commercial users, per Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regulations, all commercial drone users MUST obtain a Part 61 Pilot Certificate under Part 107, OR a Remote Pilot Certificate, OR a Section 333 Exemption in order to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System (“UAS”) otherwise known as a “Drone”. The US Forest Service (“USFS”) is requiring that Crested Butte Mountain Resort (“CBMR”) comply with all FAA regulations as part of the resort’s lease to operate on Federal Lands. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has adopted the following Drone Policy. For all Commercial UAS (Drone) Operators, the following steps must be completed to comply with CBMR’s policy in order to operate a Drone on CBMR’s private lands and within CBMR’s USFS leasehold boundary.

  1. The UAS Operator shall obtain written consent from CBMR in the form of CBMR’s Limited Use of Resort Facilities Agreement which includes indemnifying and releasing CBMR from any and all liability.  The UAS Operator shall also provide CBMR with a certificate of insurance evidencing insurance coverage and listing CBMR and the USFS as Additional Insured as more specifically provided for in the Limited Use Agreement.
  2. UAS Operator shall obtain a current Part 61 Pilot Certificate under the Small UAS Rule (Part 107); OR a Remote Pilot Certificate; OR Section 333 exemption, issued by the FAA. CBMR is not responsible for assisting with obtaining these certifications or exemption.   It is the sole responsibility of the UAS Operator to obtain the proper certification or exemption.
  3. UAS Operator shall provide proof of a current UAS certification or exemption at the time it is requesting written consent from CBMR.  The Operator must have the proper certification or exemption in its possession when operating an unmanned aircraft at CBMR and be prepared to show it upon the request of CBMR or USFS personnel.
  4. UAS Operator must bring written CBMR consent and Part 61 Pilot Certificate OR Remote Pilot Certificate OR Section 333 Exemption to the Gunnison Ranger District at 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81230 to obtain written permission by the USFS to fly an UAS on Federal Land.  The Operator shall provide CBMR with a copy of the USFS’s written permission prior to operating the UAS.  
  5. No non-commercial use of Drones will be allowed on CBMR’s private lands or within its USFS leasehold boundary. 

Further questions can be directed to Erica Mueller or Amalie Lester at 970-349-2232.