Facts and Stats


Crested Butte is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The resort lies in the town of Mt. Crested Butte three miles from the town of Crested Butte, one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp.

Permanent Population

Mt. Crested Butte: 801
Crested Butte: 1,487
Gunnison County: 15,324

Distance from major centers

Gunnison: 28 miles/45 km south
Denver: 230 miles/368 km northeast
Montrose: 90 miles/144 km southwest
Colorado Springs: 194 miles/312 km east
Aspen: 24 air miles/38 km (and one very big mountain range). 2.5 hour drive in the summer; 4-5 hour drive in the winter (Kebler Pass is closed during winter months)

Nearest Airport

Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport (GUC): 29 miles/46 km south
Montrose Airport (MTJ): 95 miles/153km southwest


Currently with direct non-stop flights from four major cities (Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Houston) on two different airlines (American Airlines & United Airlines), we are pleased to announce not only a new flight market, but also a new airline to its regional airport for the 2015-2016 winter season. This new agreement will bring a twice-weekly direct, non-stop flight into the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Alaska Airlines. The new flight is scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning December 16, 2015 and flies through March 26, 2016.  View our air map below to see all the destinations you can fly to Gunnison-Crested Butte from!

Winter Season Dates

November 25, 2015 through April 3, 2016

Lift Operating Hours

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Summit Elevation

12,162 ft / 3,707 m

Base Elevation

9,375 ft / 2,856 m

Lowest Lift

9,100 ft / 2,774 m


Overall: 3,062 ft/933 m (requires short hike to Peak Terrain)
Lift served: 2,775 ft/846 m


1,547 acres/ 626 hectares


297 acres of terrain serviced by 14 of 16 lifts


16 total

4 high speed detachable quads

2 fixed grip quads

2 triple chairs

3 double chairs

2 surface lifts

3 magic carpets

Lift Capacity

20,310 people/hour