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Donation Day kids

Donation Day: It's For the Kids

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is excited to partner with the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation (CBSF) for the second annual Donation Day on November 22, 2017. Donation Day is designed to support the CBSF and help fund their mission of “supporting the youth in the Gunnison Valley in their pursuits of sportsmanship, passion, and discipline through snow sport experiences. 

“Partnering with the CBSF for Donation Day again this year is a natural fit. CBMR is looking forward to building off a great first year of the Donation Day program as we are truly vested in the success of...

Snowboard instructor with student in lesson

Top 5 reasons to work for CBMR

Snow is starting to fall, and lifts start spinning soon. Still making plans for this upcoming season? Here are the top 5 reasons to work for Crested Butte Mountain Resort this winter. 


Ski Patrollers on the hill

Our People!

Our staff are some of the most adventurous, awesome people you’ll ever meet! The Gunnison Valley attracts individuals looking to connect with the stunning land that surrounds us and make the most of what our unique...

Butte Camp Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Activity Highlight: Butte Camp

Invest in yourself this winter season and take your skiing to the next level.  For guests looking to improve their skiing need look no further than one of the quintessentially Crested Butte options.  Advanced and expert skiers are invited to join other likeminded shredders at Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s “Butte Camp”. 

Led by CBMR's best Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) certified instructors – Butte Camp is designed to improve your fluidity, control and form in advanced terrain.  This four-day camp is for expert skiers – levels 7-8 – and takes place Mondays through...

The Art and Science of Snowmaking

The Art and Science of Snowmaking

Imagine running a complex project involving heavy equipment, piping, water, and coordinating teams of people with expertise in snowmaking, grooming, and Ski Patrol. Now add in acres of varied mountain terrain, unpredictable weather patterns, and thousands of people waiting, excited to load onto the Red Lady Express Lift and carve down some of the best runs Colorado has to offer.

No pressure, right?

That is what Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s fearless snowmaking team faces every year, along with the age old questions of “when are you going to start making snow?” and “what...

Crested Butte What is Donation Day?

What is Donation Day?

One day prior to Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Opening Day, the resort will be spinning the chairlift for Donation Day on November 22, 2017!  The second annual Donation Day is in conjunction with the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation (CBSF).  Skiers and riders will receive a lift ticket for the day with a $15 per person donation, and 100% of the proceeds from lift ticket sales will go directly towards the local organization.

“After offering Ski Free for a number of years, we thought we should make a greater impact to our community by charging everyone a nominal fee to ski and...

Crested Butte Activity Highlight: Sleigh Ride Dinners

Activity Highlight: Sleigh Ride Dinners

Sometimes the journey is the highlight to an exploration. Set the course for a romantic evening at Uley’s Cabin, a fine dining experience with a mountain adventure as the first course. Wednesday through Sunday evenings, guests meet at the Lodge at Mountaineer Square for departure: a snow-cat driven sleigh is your steed for the evening ride.

Cozy blankets await you on the sleigh, and as you chug up the mountain, with the snowy trees illuminated by alpenglow and the headlights of the snowcat, your adventure is reminiscent of being in a snow globe. Your destination is a warmly lit...

Crested Butte Have You Met Solveig?

Have You Met Solveig?

A legend in the making, Solveig, has been taking Crested Butte by snowstorm. She is dependable when called upon, consistent in her craft and gains strength with every #burythebutte. Those who have found her have joined forces for their best winter yet. 

Have you seen Solveig? Solveig, whose name is rooted in Central Europe, meaning Strong-House, has found a new home in Crested Butte. Solveig is a state-of-the-art, 19 foot long, behemoth of a ski-tuning machine. The only one of its kind in the valley. She is creative proving any ski structure, pattern, or edge sharpness the mountain...

Crested Butte Halloween In Crested Butte Offers Something For Everyone!

Halloween In Crested Butte Offers Something For Everyone!

Halloween is right around the corner and Crested Butte has a variety of fun and spooky events for all ages! 

Unplanned Calamity | October 25
Enjoy a night full of laughs as The Lab puts on their second improvisational show at the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre. Similar to “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” this show is sure to strike your funny bone! Doors open at 7 pm with drink specials and a “pay what you can” cover charge at the door for this ages 18+ show.

KBUT Zombie...



Peak fall foliage has come and gone here in Crested Butte, but we have a vast gallery of autumn images to reflect on. With so much beauty surrounding Crested Butte, we loved seeing your autumn images on Instagram. We have created a roundup of just a few of our favorite photos from this fall. Thanks for sharing your shots with us, and we look forward to seeing all of your winter photos! Don't forget to tag #onlyincrestedbutte,...

Crested Butte What’s New at Crested Butte Mountain Resort this Winter?

What’s New at Crested Butte Mountain Resort this Winter?

Last winter was an incredible time to be at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  The resort received 324 inches of snowfall – with nearly 10 FEET of snow falling in a 10 day span in January – and offered a plethora of new amenities to help guests take advantage of all of that snow.  Whether it was women’s specific ski programs that chased the powder, the new Montana Crystal Glide Finish automated tuning machine to make sure you beat your friends down the slopes, or Coal Breaker Coffee Co. slinging made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, crepes and coffee all day long; there were upgrades and...

Crested Butte This Month in the Butte

This Month in the Butte

We hope you have a wonderful and memorable time in the Crested Butte area during the beautiful month of October! 

Dead Singers Night | October 7

Come karaoke or lip-sync dressed as your favorite dead singer at the first Dead Singers Night at the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre located at Elk Avenue and 2nd Street. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are $10; available at the Mallardi Theatre or Drink specials (ages 21+) and prizes for participants!

Bonus Weekend | October 7 & 8

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Crested Butte Early Season Snow in Crested Butte

Early Season Snow in Crested Butte

Snow in the high country is a sign that even though the first official day of fall was just last week, winter is on its way. In the meantime, be sure to soak in the misty mornings, stark contrasting personality and beauty of fall in the mountains. We will miss the vibrant oranges, reds and yellows of freshly fallen aspen leaves but we look forward to the squeak of new snow under our feet. 

Check out the gallery below of early season snow in Crested Butte!

Crested Butte Best Fall Colors by Bike

Best Fall Colors by Bike

Every year around the middle of September, the incredible blue, pink, white and yellow hues of wildflowers give way to the gold of the aspen leaves.  While to many, fall represents the end of summer and generates excitement for the upcoming winter season, others continue to revel in summer activities, albeit with cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and amazing foliage.

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

Dyke Trail

Hands down the best trail to ride when the leaves...

Crested Butte Crested Butte Fall Bucket List

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...

Crested Butte Summer 2017 Instagram Roundup

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! 



Crested Butte 5 Reasons to Purchase a Peak Pass

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...

Crested Butte This Month in the Butte

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...

Crested Butte Top 5 Ways to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend in CB

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 Behind the Scenes at the Butte

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...

Crested Butte Three Tips for Summiting Mt. Crested Butte

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...

Crested Butte This Week in the 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...

Crested Butte Want a Lift?

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-...

Crested Butte 5 Reasons to Book Your Colorado Ski Vacation Early

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...

Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

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...

Crested Butte 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...