Crested Butte Ski Resort  

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12 Snowmass Road
Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225
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Overview by Elizabeth Zektick

Long known as one of the friendliest and most charming towns in the Rockies, Crested Butte has a way of making any outdoor activity unsurpassable. More than 100 years of rich history and diverse terrain, ranging from pancake-flat fields to Everest-steep inclines, have afforded this little mountain town a top-notch reputation for skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and any other outdoor sport you can think of.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort, three miles from the town’s historical district, gets as much as 25 feet of snow each year, has the most double-black-diamond runs in Colorado, and boasts some of the best snowboarding terrain in North America. More than $315 million has been invested in on- and off-mountain improvements since 2004.

Skiers will find remodeled base-area buildings, expanded snowmaking and slope-grooming capabilities, and several new lifts that have added terrain and improved the flow of the mountain. But despite all the base area and on-mountain renovations, the town of Crested Butte remains decidedly cowboy, with original Victorian buildings and laid-back saloons just a free shuttle bus ride from the slopeside hotels.

Where: 28 miles from Gunnison, via Colorado 135

What's There: 2,775-foot vertical drop (3,062-foot drop, including hike-to terrain), 121 trails, 1,167 acres, four high-speed quads, two fixed-grip quads, two triple chairs, three double chairs, three surface lifts, two Magic Carpets, and a snowboard park. A new zip-line tour went in during the summer of 2011 and runs throughout the winter.

Average Snowfall
300 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
2775 feet
23% beginner, 57% intermediate, 20% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
November to Early April
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Closest Airport

Weather for Crested Butte

Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 52 F
Mon - Cloudy. High: 63 Low: 48
Tue - Thunderstorms. High: 65 Low: 46
Wed - PM Thunderstorms. High: 70 Low: 45
Thu - PM Thunderstorms. High: 73 Low: 47
Fri - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 72 Low: 46

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  • Surface Conditions:
    Packed Powder


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    6 of 15
  • Trails:
    58 of 121
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 11:57 AM

Traveler Reviews of Crested Butte

Mark rates Crested Butte
I came here with my wife and a few ski/snowboarding buddies. The lines weren't too long and the snow was great. I warmed up on some of the blue and black runs which were pretty good if you are a competent skier/snowboarder. By the end of the day, I was up on the headwall, which I have to admit is a pretty technical snowboarding run because of the steepness and the bumps. But it was fun enough for me to run it a couple more times during my visit. The resort itself was great too. Pros:The resort itself was great too. Great double black runs, Well maintained. Cons: Takes time to get here .
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Susan rates Crested Butte
Great ski school. Nice town with great restaurants and shopping. Very family friendly. Pros: Great for kids.
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JEFF rates Crested Butte
This is a great mountain especially for advanced to expert skiers. Beginners to intermediate skiers will not have as much terrain to cover. Two to three days would be about all I would plan on going if you are not an advanced skier. Advanced intermediate, and expert skiers have more terrain available, however, I would recommend getting a guide for the first day if you plan on doing the North Face. You can easily end up in the wrong place if you don't know where you are going on the North Face. The guide costs about $90 for a half day for a group and around $110 for the whole day. We went without the guide and if I had to do it all over again there is no question my wife and I would get the guide next time. The liqour stores in Gunnison sometimes run a special where you get a buy one get one free lift ticket with the purchase of a case of Coors/Coors Light. I would recommend calling ahead to find out if this deal is running before getting tickets ahead of time or off of any other discount site such as liftopia. If you go out to eat in town try the Secert Stash pizza. The bus service is great. You can get from Mount Crested Butte (where the skiing and a lot of lodging is) to Crested Butte in a couple of minutes on the bus. If you didn't have to have a guide for the North Face I would probably give this a 4 star rating. It's a nice resort with a great town, but I will go back to other places before going back to Crested Butte. I wouldn't recommend this as a trip for whole week but it would be nice to ski Crested Butte for a couple of days and somewhere else (Telluride for example, 3 1/2 hours away) for the second half of the week. Pros: Easy to access, Great Town, Well maintained, Short lines
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