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About Crested Butte
Authenticity & Charm
There are few places that can still be called a real Colorado ski town, and Crested Butte is one of them. When you walk around town, you’ll feel it in the unparalleled mountain views and the meticulously preserved false-front buildings reminiscent of its mining days. There are no traffic lights, no chain stores, and no high-rise buildings. Yet you’ll quickly see there’s no shortage of entertainment or dining options. Crested Butte is home to some of the Western Slope’s best restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and shopping—all run by some of the most friendly and welcoming people you’ll ever meet.
People come to Crested Butte because they love the combination of its welcoming small town vibe and world-class outdoor recreation. It’s also home to cultural attractions typically found in the city, including the Center for the Arts and signature community events like the Crested Butte Arts Festival and the Crested Butte Music Festival. When you're in our town, you really can have it all.
Whether you ski, snowboard, mountain bike or hike, Crested Butte will inspire your passion for adventure. During winter, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers runs for every type of skier. You can carve turns on one of our meticulously groomed green or blue runs, take it down the bumps on one of our blacks, or get adventurous in the experts-only extremes. We’ve earned a reputation for having some of the best advanced ski terrain in the state. We also pride ourselves on using state of the art grooming and snowmaking equipment, run by some of the most experienced teams around. Whatever your run of choice, you’ll find it in Crested Butte.
Summer is an adventurer’s paradise, too. Downhill and cross country mountain bikers alike love the Evolution Bike Park—a network of lift served riding for all levels of mountain bikers. We also offer lift-served hiking. Ride the lifts and take in breath-taking views of the valley floor below.
And of course, the adventure continues off the mountain. Crested Butte is known for year round recreation right outside your door. The mountains are a backcountry skier’s dream, and summer trails have deep roots in mountain biking. We’re also the wildflower capital of Colorado—any hiker’s paradise—and we’re just a few short miles from the old town site of Gothic. There, world-renowned scientists study the mountain ecosystems. The West Elk Mountains are so filled with trails, vistas and pristine mountain lakes that you’ll never run out of things to do.
Real Dining & Entertainment Experiences
Don’t think that small town charm translates into small town dining options. Whatever food you’re in the mood for, Crested Butte will have it. From pub burgers to sushi to Mexican to Italian, the dining options in the Gunnison Valley abound. There are also more than 30 bars, live music almost every night of the week, and of course, no shortage of après ski entertainment. You’ll also find a variety specialty shops and art galleries to explore, and you just might find yourself taking advantage of the Center for the Arts, which hosts a variety of entertainment options
Crested Butte got its start as a mining town in the 1880s. It was once called "the town that wouldn't die" because of its ability to survive the booms and busts of Colorado's mining days. The valley is also home to long-time ranching families that still graze their cattle in local pastures. Don’t be surprised if you see a cattle drive making its way down the valley’s main highway!
Crested Buttians take pride in the way that recreation and ranching continue to exist side by side, even sharing some of the same values—like work hard, play hard. You’ll never meet a group of harder working folks than in Crested Butte. And at the same time-you’ll never meet a community that can relax and play like we can. All year round, you’ll find parties and traditions that go back years if not decades.
There’s Soul Train Night hosted by local radio station, where the community crowns the King and Queen of soul. There’s the Vinotok Fall Harvest to celebrate the equinox and the Flaushink Royal Coronation Ball, which is a polka party so big it starts at the ski resort in Mt. Crested Butte and ends downtown. And then there’s slapstick fun like the Slush Huck and Pond Skim where brave and hardy skiers, snow boarders and even snow bikers challenge themselves to skim across a pond in their gear.
It’s the quirky fun paired with a love for the mountains and a respect for our roots that makes Crested Butte such a unique place to visit. Visitors feel it the moment they arrive, and we’re sure that you will, too.
True to Nature
People who live in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte routinely say they live in a small piece of paradise—and it’s true. Keeping it that way is a priority for the community and for CBMR. That’s why we’ve worked to balance development and the creation of new skiing opportunities with the reduction of our environmental footprint and the conservation of the valley’s character. In 2011, the resort received the Governor’s Energy Office Award for Efficiency, and we’ve also supported the Crested Butte Land Trust’s efforts to protect undeveloped land. We’ll continue to look for ways to help preserve the Crested Butte character and the beauty of the Gunnison Valley.