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No matter the month, there is always something to do in Crested Butte with friends!
Start the year off with friends by embarking on a full moon snowshoe or cross-country ski night! The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers Magic Meadows Yurt Dinners every winter as gourmet backcountry dining. Follow the tiki torches over the rolling hills to the Yurt, and then dine on delicious food in the backcountry.
Every February for the past 13 years, Mt. Crested Butte has been host to the Extreme Freeskiing Championships. Competitors from around the world come face to face with extremely challenging terrain. Come watch some of the best skiing in the world and cheer on the competitors. Afterwards, if you feel inspired, sign up for a professional guide to take your group around Mt. Crested Butte’s extreme terrain.
Skiing in the streets? Every March, the Big Air on Elk competition is held in Crested Butte’s historic district on Elk Avenue. From Second Street to Third Street, the road becomes a terrain park with one large kicker that skiers and snowboarders are towed to behind high-speed snowmobiles, before they launch the jump into the air. Come watch with friends, and after the competition, celebrate the night with live music and parties throughout downtown Crested Butte.
Get in some spring skiing before the resort closes in April. On closing day, cruise the mountain or suntan on the Paradise Warming House deck with a famous paradise Bacon Bloody Mary. Show off your skills at the annual rail jam, or take a chance at the Slush Huck Pond Skim and ski across water. Costumes are, of course, always encouraged. Also, don't forget to check out the action packed Ultimate Snowmobiler & Winter Terracross.
When the snow melts, the rivers run high, and May is the best time for friends to dust off the 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, from Rainbow to Brown. Book a professional guide to show you the tricks in pristine locations.
Crested Butte is the birthplace of mountain biking, and June is the perfect month for friends to practice their skills on wheels. Take a mountain bike lesson with a guide on Mt. Crested Butte, before exploring the 750 plus miles of single-track trails throughout the area. Bike Week is held at the end of June, featuring the Chainless World Championship, Fat Tire 40, and Bridges of the Butte.
As the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte hosts the annual Wildflower Festival every July, when the wildflowers are blooming like crazy. Take a guided hike and learn all about wildflowers, offered on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Learn which flowers are edible, which are medicinal and why some are orange and others are white. You’ll feel like you’re in a fantasy world, surrounded by so many amazing wildflowers.
Summer is the best time to be outside and enjoy the sounds of nature; birds chirping, rivers flowing, and in Crested Butte, guitars stringing at the bi-weekly live music concert series! The Alpenglow Concert Series are hosted every Monday night on the outdoor stage at the Center for the Arts downtown, and Wednesday nights are Live! From Mt. Crested Butte on the Red Lady stage at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area. So pack some appetizers and bring your friends and let the good times roll!
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. Friends will have fun creating head-wreaths made of aspen branches and joining the community to celebrate the fall harvest and welcoming the winter season.
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, 10am to 2pm. 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!
The ski season starts in November! Visit with friends on opening weekend for early season fun, and get in those early season turns! Ride the lifts with new and old friends, and dine downtown. As winter rolls up, you’ll already be cruising down the mountain with all the early season practice you’ve gotten in!
‘Tis the season! Start the holidays out with friends at the Santa Ski Day, the event holding the world record for the largest group of skiing Santas! Get your Clause costume ready for the group ski and the Santa Pub Crawl afterwards. Then, on Christmas Eve, gather to watch the real Santa Clause roll in on his sleigh and see the torchlight parade down Mt. Crested Butte. With luck, he’ll bring fresh snow for Christmas morning.