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.
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)
Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport (GUC): 29 miles/46 km south
Montrose Airport (MTJ): 95 miles/153km southwest
Travelers now have the option to fly direct to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport from markets that include Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and Houston - all popular hubs allowing skiers and snowboards a one-stop option to access CBMR. See the full air service in this media guide for detailed flight information or go to www.skicb.com/airservice
Winter Season Dates
November 21, 2012 to April 7, 2013
Lift Operating Hours
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12,162 ft / 3,707 m
9,375 ft / 2,856 m
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 13 of 15 lifts
4 high-speed detachable quad chairs
2 fixed grip quad
2 triple chairs
3 double chairs
2 surface lifts
2 Magic Carpets
5 Prinoth snowcats groom roughly 500 acres nightly
542 acres of in-bounds, double-black-diamond terrain
2.6 miles/4.2 km (Peak to Treasury)
The Gold Link Terrain Park and Cascade Terrain Parks are part of a complete freestyle pod off the Painter Boy and Goldlink lifts. This translates to a literal playground for the park enthusiast, highlighted by the ability to progress from one park – and one feature size – to the next.
The Cascade location also is ideal for larger park features, offering a consistent fall line for the jib park. Cascade is blessed with good afternoon light, allowing for better visibility, and it’s proximity to mountain operations headquarters means snowcat operators have easier access and more time for preening features.
In case your kids aren't tired enough, a tubing hill will be available after the lifts close at the base of the Red Lady Express. This hill is lit for nighttime tubing.
Atlas Snowshoe Loop
Two daily tours available. Moonlight tours available in December, January and February.
Average Annual Snowfall
300 inches/ 762 cm
Mt. Crested Butte: 5,000 pillows (CBMR Manages 3,300 pillows)
Crested Butte: 550 pillows
Bars & Restaurants
CBMR/On-Mountain: 8/3 of those are on-mountain
Mt. Crested Butte: 11
Crested Butte: 29
At-window Ticket Pricing
Varies throughout season. View pricing here.
Note: Discounted lift ticket packages are available year-round through Crested Butte Vacations: 800-544-8448
Ski & Ride School
Adults and kids can improve their on-mountain skills no matter your age, ability or whether you ski or snowboard. Group and private lessons are available. Camp CB is where learning and fun converge to create a memorable experience for your child. Camp CB also has a nursery that accepts children beginning at the age of 2 months. They are open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily throughout the winter months.
For a full list of Ski and Ride School pricing, visit
Adaptive Sports Center
The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) of Crested Butte provides year-round outdoor recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families. Winter programs include adaptive instruction for alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding. Lessons include private instruction, a lesson-only lift ticket, and equipment. The ASC also has an extensive summer program with activities including boating, cycling, rock climbing and horseback riding. For more information, call 866-349-2296, email
CBMR’s base area Adventure Park comes complete with mini golf, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall and a tubing hill in the winter; the bungee trampolines and climbing wall. The bungee trampolines provide a turbo-charged, gravity-defying ride up to 30 feet in the air, while the Climbing Pinnacle features a 28-foot, 6-route tower with auto-belay. The Adventure Park is open year-round.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) added a new Zip Line Tour to its on-mountain amenities. The guided tour, which debuted in June 2011, includes five zip lines, and a series of suspension bridges. The Crested Butte Zip Line Tour is available during the summer, fall and winter seasons; the resort will offer the only guided zip line tour at a Colorado ski resort, and one of the only guided winter canopy tour operations in the state. In order to accommodate the winter operation, crews had to modify many features and structures for guests to enjoy no matter the weather. Price is $62 per person.
Tubing is part of the resort’s Adventure Park scene for winter. Located on warming house hill in front of the Crested Mountain condominium complex.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort's snowshoe tour is a unique way to experience the majestic surroundings of Crested Butte. Tours explore areas of the mountain where few skiers go, including Snodgrass Mountain, adjacent to Crested Butte Mountain. Participants learn about the history of the area and qualities of the local ecosystem. Tours last about two and a half hours, involve approximately two miles of hiking, and include a guide, snowshoes, poles, a lift ride, water, and a light snack. Ninety percent of the tour is downhill or flat, but participants enjoy a great workout along the way. Tours leave twice a day at 9:45am and 1:15pm.
Moonlight Snowshoe Tours
Snowshoe by the light of the full moon this winter. CBMR features moonlight snowshoe tours four times a year, on the night of the full moon in December, January, February and March. Catch a ride on a snowcat to the top of CBMR’s Red Lady Express chairlift and snowshoe the moonlight mountain trails back to the base area. The dates for 2011-2012 are: December 10, January 9, and February 7 and March 8. Pricing: $75 per person for moonlight tours (prices subject to change). For information and reservations contact Crested Butte Vacations at 800-544-8448 or visit www.skicb.com.
The Nordic Center is the hub of recreational activity in the town of Crested Butte. Experience the beauty of the Gunnison Valley with over 55 kilometers of track groomed for classic and skate cross-country skiing or guided backcountry tours. Last year, CBMR built a 5k loop in North Village in Mt. Crested Butte for Nordic Center guests to utilize additional skiing on the mountain. If you are new to the sport, there are instructors for teaching all levels. A full fleet of rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center. Call Crested Butte Vacations to make reservations. Pricing ranges from $10 - $15 per person for a day pass, to $35 - $60 per person for a lesson package, to $20 - $65 per person for a specialty tour (moonlight, brunch, etc.). Prices subject to change. Call 970-349-1707 for more information or visit the website at www.cbnordic.org.
Participants learn the basics of driving snowcats, grooming, pushing snow, and experience one of the best ski resort jobs on a closed course. The school incorporates initial classroom time for safety and operational instruction then students get out on the course to maximize the driving time. “We take everyone on a ‘full tour’ of the machine,” says Chris Corliss, CBMR’s Mountain Operations Manager. “We do a complete walk around, discuss the parts and functions, and then get going with live drive time. It’s a totally different experience and a ton of fun, too. Our instructors are the real folks on the mountain doing real work, so it’s not a watered-down version for people who do this.” The Snowcat Driving Experience is one-on-one instruction in a fully-functional Prinoth 350 Snow Cat as used in Crested Butte’s grooming operations.
Best Known For
The town boasts one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts, with charm impossible to convey in words. Although "magical" and "charming" are words synonymous with Crested Butte, this doesn't mean the town hasn't kept a bit of its irreverence. Crested Butte is also known to many as “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town”.
Crested Butte is home to Colorado's first X-Games, the legendary U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships, the U. S. Extreme Freeskiing Telemark Championships, the Al Johnson Up-Hill, Down-Hill Nordic Race and the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse.
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, whether beginner or burgeoning national champion, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.