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THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO WITH FRIENDS!
Crested Butte always has something to offer, and when you add a friend or two into the mix it makes things that much better! Maybe you’re looking for the perfect time to visit Crested Butte, or maybe you’re just trying to get some ideas for other activities to do with your best buds. No matter what your goal is, here are a few ideas for you to mull over!
Of course, skiing is the most popular activity in Crested Butte during the winter season. With 1,547 acres to explore, many days can be had exploring the terrain that Crested Butte Mountain Resort has to offer with your friends. Plus, skiing and riding with friends can help to motivate you to explore more terrain and up your game at CBMR!
The Santa Ski event is an awesome way to spend a day with your pals, and make some new friends! Help set the world record for the most skiing Santas in December, while getting excited for the holidays at the same time!
Other great winter activities to try with a friend include snowshoeing, renting a fat bike or even going on a horseback winter trail ride!
When the weather begins to warm up, get ready for some entertaining and lively behavior in Crested Butte. Events like the Al Johnson Telemark Race, SkiTown Breakdown and the LandShark Pond Skim are all wonderful events for you and your friends to check out and get wacky!
Although one of the less acclaimed seasons, springtime in Crested Butte can be just as fun as any other season. The town of Crested Butte is re-emerging from the white blanket that has buried it over the winter months, and new life surfaces in the hills. Plus, warming weather stimulates a new activeness in the valley.
When the snow starts melting, rivers will run high, and May is the best time for friends to dust off their equipment and brush up on fishing. The Gunnison River, Taylor River and East River offer some of the best high altitude-fly fishing in the world. You’ll find a variety of trout and crystal clear waters. Book a professional guide to show you the tricks in pristine locations around the valley.
The springtime also proves to be much less crowded around town and out on the trails. Plus, there are many great deals to be found in the spring, so if you’re trying to plan a trip, consider traveling in the spring!
Crested Butte is the birthplace of mountain biking and the summertime is a great for friends to practice their skills on wheels. Crested Butte has world class trails like the famous 401, Doctor’s Park and Monarch Crest Trail, not to mention over 30 miles of singletrack accessed via the Evolution Bike Park.
Crested Butte is also the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the vibrant beauty that the summer months bring, plan your trip now! This natural marvel is not to be missed. July is generally the peak season for wildflowers, and Crested Butte throws a special festival just for the flowers. The Wildflower Festival offers guided hikes where you can learn which flowers are edible, which are medicinal and why some are orange while others are white. Gather a group of friends together and come experience the beauty of Crested Butte wildflowers!
Crested Butte also holds the free Alpenglow Concert Series every Monday night on the outdoor stage at the Center for the Arts downtown and the free Live! From Mt. Crested Butte on the Red Lady Stage at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area. So pack some appetizers, grab some friends and let the good times roll!
"Oats and corn, oats and corn, all that die shall be reborn, all that die shall rise again."
One of Crested Butte’s most famous events is the Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival every September. The weeklong celebration includes activities like nightly storytelling, community feasts and on the final night, the burning of the ‘Grump’ in a giant campfire in the center of town. It is a celebration for the abundance of harvest and is a great time to gather your friends and give thanks through song, dancing and feasts.
Bring your friends to the last Farmer’s Market of the year on the first Sunday in October. The market runs every Sunday throughout the summer, 10 am to 2 pm. The market features regional farmers, artisanal food producers and local handcrafters. With the winter so near in October, the local farmers will be harvesting the last of their fruits and vegetables for the market, so don’t miss out!
For more information on events happening in and around Crested Butte visit our events page at skicb.com/events!