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Crested Butte Fall Bucket List

The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping. The first snowfall of the season means winter is coming yet, there is still time to take in the beauty of fall. We challenge you to mark these activities off your Crested Butte fall bucket list before Old Man Winter returns to the valley. 

Drive Kebler Pass 

Kebler Pass is one of the most iconic summer drives in the state of Colorado. However, the best time of year for this scenic drive is in September. Kebler Pass is home to the largest aspen grove in the state of Colorado. As the leaves change from...

Summer Koz

Summer 2017 Instagram Roundup

Well, just like that summer is on the way out the door. With so much beauty surrounding Crested Butte, we loved seeing user generated content being posted all summer long. We have created a roundup of just a few of our favorite photos from this summer on Instagram. Users tagged us using our hashtag #onlyincrestedbutte, or by tagging our account. Thanks for sharing your photos with us, and we look forward to seeing all of your fall content! 

 

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CBMR Powder Day

5 Reasons to Purchase a Peak Pass

Are you wondering if you should purchase a 2017-18 Peak Pass? Were you on a tropical vacation during January’s legendary Snowmagedden and somehow missed the most incredible 6 weeks of last season, when we buried the Butte and could only ski, eat, shovel and sleep? We believe that’s most likely the case if you still haven’t purchased your Peak Pass. Today we hope to remind you of a few reasons why purchasing your Peak Pass is the greatest decision on earth not only for your soul but for your pocketbook too!  

1. Big Savings through October 8

Save up to $290...

Fall Colors Crested Butte Mountain Resort

This Month in the Butte

It’s September in Crested Butte and that means the aspens are starting to turn golden and the days are a bit cooler. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year here in the Butte! We encourage everyone to get outside, soak in the gorgeous scenery and add these great events to your vacation’s itinerary.  

Full Moon at Ten Peaks | September 6

Hike or bike to the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks and enjoy a sunset dinner with dessert under the moonlight. Tickets may be purchased at the Adventure Center or...

Mt. Crested Butte Shadow

Top 5 Ways to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend in CB

1. Vacation – or – Staycation 

The Grand Lodge offers spacious suites and oversized hotel rooms at an affordable price making it the ideal lodging choice for your vacation. Don’t miss the WoodStone Grille, serving handmade fire baked custom pizzas, unique pasta dishes and signature grill items. Come and play some billiards on the open table and enjoy one a Colorado Micro Brews with an appetizer! Then relax after the day's activities by enjoying the newly renovated indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tub and steam room. Boasting a breathtaking view of Mt. Crested Butte,...

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Chairlifts

Behind the Scenes at the Butte

Ever wonder what it takes to get the mountain ready for your visit? 

In order to ensure our guests receive the best (and safest) experience riding the lifts, our Lift Operations and Maintenance Departments perform a highly synchronized start up procedure every day of the week. 

Each morning as the fog slowly lifts from the valley before the sun peeks out from behind the Butte, our Mountain Ops team is already hard at work getting the lifts up and running. Lift Mechanics begin each morning by riding snowmobiles up the resort's trails to the top of the mountain. Once a mechanic...

Mt. Crested Butte Summit

Three Tips for Summiting Mt. Crested Butte

The hike to the peak of Mt. Crested Butte is about two miles round trip and 732 feet up. This may seem like an easy hike, but keep in mind you will be summiting a mountain at 12,162 feet! Use these three tips to ensure you summit the peak and have a great hike.

1. Start early.

The Silver Queen Express opens at 9:30 am daily and the last ride down is at 2:45 pm. If you miss the last ride down, the hike down via Yellow Brick Road to Westside is almost a 2,800 vertical feet drop to the base. Also, try to beat the afternoon thunderstorms by starting early. While...

Mt. Crested Butte

This Week in the Butte

As the sun rose over Mt. Crested Butte friends and family gathered to witness the great eclipse of 2017. While the moon only covered 89% of the sun, the air temperature dropped and the aspens cast beautiful crescent shapes. It was a memorable day and we hope you continue to make more memories with your loved ones this week in the Butt! 

Mt. CB Farmers Market | August 24

New for Summer 2017, we are proud to host a weekly farmers market on Thursdays throughout the summer. Don’t miss this opportunity to...

gO Girls Crested Butte

Want a Lift?

It’s no wonder Crested Butte is littered with athletes – with over 750 miles of singletrack in the Gunnison valley, the temptation to get longer days in riding, running or hiking is around every corner. Let’s face it—we are a mecca for all types of athletes! But what about the kiddos? With so many different summer programs for kids of every age (that includes those kids 40 and up!) it’s easy to think that they can ride, run and ski all day like an adult. However, in order for all of us kids to stay fresh on our bikes, avoid injury and efficiently sharpen our mountain biking skills, lift-...

Colorado Family Ski Vacation

5 Reasons to Book Your Colorado Ski Vacation Early

It’s the middle of August and it’s already beginning to feel a little like fall. There is a nip in the air, misty clouds trace Mt. Crested Butte in the mornings and the grasses are beginning to turn golden. There has even been rumor of the first aspen leaves starting to turn. Winter is coming and that means it’s time to start thinking about your family vacation to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Here are five reasons to start planning your Colorado ski vacation today! 

1. Savings! 

Take advantage of some of the best deals available by booking early! Crested...

This Week in the Butte - Outerbike

This Week in the Butte

Cooler temps, the whisperings of the first golden aspen leaves and tacky mud. All telltale signs that summer is quickly fading to fall here in Crested Butte. However, there’s still a few weeks left of summer! Be sure to take full advantage of this beautiful weather and these great events. 

Twilight Lift Hours | August 16 & 18

Twilight Hours are a great time to be exploring the resort. With unlimited chairlift rides on the Red Lady for just $8 from 4:30 - 7 pm every...

Adventure Park Family Fun!

Adventure Park Family Fun!

Conveniently within the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the Adventure Park offers multigenerational fun and a range of exhilarating activities for the whole family. With safety in mind, the Adventure Park allows toddlers to adults (who are still children at heart) to push their comfort zones and try new things. An All Day Adventure Park Ticket includes unlimited chairlift access on the Red Lady Express and Silver Queen Express plus, the following activities:

Flying Gopher Mini Golf

Under the covered structure, the 18-hole mini golf course is a...

Crested Butte Summer Bucket List

Crested Butte Summer Bucket List

There’s no way you can mark all of these adventures off your Crested Butte bucket list in just one visit. Whether you are hiking, biking or just enjoying the views, there are definite must-dos for everyone in Crested Butte before the temperature drops.

Hike Aspen to Crested Butte

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is worthy of any outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket list. The summer drive between the two iconic ski towns is roughly 100 miles and takes three hours. However, if you decide to hike it’s only 11 miles from the Maroon Bells Trailhead to Crested Butte. Be...

This Week in the Butte - Cows and Mt. CB

This Week in the Butte

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week of August. Fall will be here before we know it… Event this morning the air was slightly colder and low hanging fog clung to the Peak. Wildflowers have peaked and soon we will be searching for the first golden aspen leaf of the season. Don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer here at the Butte! Make sure to check out these events happening this week! 

Twilight Lift Hours | August 9...

Rainy Afternoon Activities Crested Butte

Rainy Afternoon Activities

In Crested Butte, the rainy late summer afternoons are a perfect excuse to cuddle up inside, enjoy the sweet smell of rain or maybe splash in the puddles. Here are five ideas of other fun activities for when it’s storming (and for when it’s not!):

Flying Gopher Mini Golf and Tin Cup Mining Co.

While the big attractions at the Adventure Park like the Coke Zero BagJump and the Bungee Jumping Trampolines, close for safety concerns when there is lightening spotted nearby, the Flying Gopher Mini Golf course and the Tin Cup Mining Co. sluice stay open and dry.  ...

This week in the butte - events

This Week in the Butte

We can’t believe it’s already August! This summer has been jam packed with tons of events, sunshine and big smiles! There’s still plenty of time to join the fun this summer! Be sure to check out these great events happening this week! 

Mountain Manners Car Camping & Campfire | August 2

Mountain Manners was created as a response from locals about "loving our public lands to death.” Collaboratively conceived and sponsored by the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Mountain Manners...

Maximizing Your Time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Maximizing Your Time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Whether visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort for a conference, event or simply for fun, there will likely be at least one moment where you think, “How can I kill some time before my next obligation or activity?” Luckily, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers a wide variety of options – both casual and adventurous – to fill any time voids that your schedule may dictate. 

Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend some time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

15 Minutes 

A quick stop at Coal Breaker Coffee Co. located conveniently within the Treasury...

Outerbike Crested Butte

Outerbike is Coming!

“The BEST bike demo in the universe” comes to Crested Butte Mountain Resort August 18-20, 2017. Featuring some of the most popular brands in mountain biking — including Specialized, Scott and Yeti among many more — Outerbike offers participants the opportunity to demo as many bikes as the time, and their legs, will allow. 

This is the first time Outerbike will take advantage of Crested Butte’s world-class mountain biking and gorgeous summer weather allowing participants to experience some of the world’s best bike and trails all in the same weekend. 
The event’s “base camp” –...

This Week in the Butte

It’s hard to believe it’s already the last week of July. Summer has been flying by here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, there’s been tons of live music, wildflower walks and gravity fed adventures. Don’t miss these great events going on this week! 

Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival | July 26 - 30

The Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival takes place each July. Striving to create a wine and culinary festival that complements the array of amazing offerings in the towns of Crested...

Wildflowers by Hike in Crested Butte

Wildflowers by Hike

Anytime you are hiking in the mountains it is necessary to be prepared. Don’t forget an extra layer, water, rain jacket, snack, sunscreen and a map. Bringing a camera and friends is also highly encouraged!

Woods Walk

For an afternoon stroll, head to Woods Walk just west of town on Kebler Pass Road (0.2 miles). Park on the left side of the road, and cross carefully. This trail is relatively flat, with only 200 feet in elevation gain over about 2.8 miles. Take in the incredible views of the Paradise Divide, Mt. Crested Butte and town. Aspen groves with open...

Wildflower by Bike Crested Butte

Wildflowers by Bike

Throughout the summer months, Crested Butte’s lush and mountainous landscape transcends into a natural palette of color.  It is no wonder that the Wildflower Capital of Colorado features some amazing bike rides with access into these stunning hues of blue, pink, purple, white and yellow.

Below are a few of our favorite mountain bike trails to experience the awe-inspiring wildflowers in and around Crested Butte.

Trail #401

Known far and wide as one of the top ranked mountain bike trails in the world, Trail 401 is a sight to behold during the summer...

Gothic Road Wildflowers

Wildflowers by Car

Often, the best views of wildflowers are not accessible by vehicle, but that is not the case in Crested Butte.  As the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte offers stunning views and access to the wildflowers from nearly everywhere, including some locations right off of the road.

Below are a few of our favorite locations to find the best wildflowers from the comfort of your car.

Washington Gulch Road

Winding through fields and pastures, next to mountain streams and in the shadow of some iconic peaks, Washington Gulch Road would be a beautiful...

Evolution Bike Park

This Week in the Butte

This time of year, rain showers continue to freshen the air, wildflowers and aspens. Mountain bike trails return to their tacky delightful state and streams babble just a little bit louder. Monsoon season in Crested Butte can mean morning sunshine and afternoon thunder storms. Be sure to start your adventure early and pack a rain jacket just in case. 

Mountain Manner Half Day Hike | July 19 

The shorter half day hike allows you to focus exclusively on the Mountain Manners skills you came to...

Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

This Week in the Butte

Summer is in full swing here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. There are so many great activities to enjoy and tons of fun planned for this upcoming week. Show off your disc golf skills this Saturday at the 10-3 Disc Golf Tournament. Did you know the name “10-3” stems from the elevation at the start of both courses, 10,300 feet!

Wildflower Festival | July 6 – 7

With over 300 events offered by 60 instructors there is something for everyone during the annual Wildflower Festival. Don’t miss van tours,...

Crested Butte Wild for Wildflowers in Crested Butte

Wild for Wildflowers in Crested Butte

The Wildflower Festival kicks off this week! We’re celebrating by sharing our favorite #crestedbutte wildflower photos. 

Join us July 7 - 16 for photography workshops, classes, guided hikes and more! Additional details can be found by visiting www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.

Surround yourself with lupine, sneezeweed, larkspur, thimbleberry, alplily and bluebells!  

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