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Crested Butte ski resort

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Mountain Stats

  • Skiable Area:

    626.0492419999999

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  • Vertical Drop:

    933

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  • Snowfall:

    762

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Quick info

Stay...in the idyllic mining town of Crested Butte or in lodging at the base of the resort.
Ski...at a top elevation of 12,162 from the Peak.
Travel...by flying into Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport.
Enjoy…breathtaking views of the Elk Mountains.
Explore…the colorful, well-preserved mining-era town.
Learn…about the area’s mining history at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.
Taste…50+ restaurants.
Treat…yourself to ritual at Elevation Hotel and Spa.
Experience…Uley Cabin sleigh ride dinner and 34 miles of cross-country skiing—a few examples of Crested Butte’s many winter activities.

A Crested Butte ski vacation is like no other, which is why it attracts a certain kind of ski vacationer; someone who is willing to travel further, go deeper and ski harder; someone looking for a unique, beautiful experience, not necessarily a convenient break from the “real world.” Crested Butte may lack the convenience of Colorado’s I-70 resorts, but it makes up for it with its spunky individualism, which is how it’s retained its acclaim as “the last great Colorado ski town.”

The aesthetics of this place—the rugged, jutting and beautiful Mt. Crested Butte (the sharp peak to looker’s right of the ski area), quaint Victorian town and spectacular surrounding mountains—are enough to warrant a Crested Butte ski vacation.

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The smaller details, like dining, lodging and especially the unique ski terrain also provide special experiences to make a Crested Butte ski vacation truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking for some good stories and some friendly advice there are no better locals to mingle with. 

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Crested Butte Skiing

There's nothing quite like Crested Butte skiing. While it’s known for its technical, steep “extreme” skiing, the vast majority of Crested Butte’s terrain is intermediate to advanced intermediate. The top half of Mt. Crested Butte is renowned as the ski area's more challenging section, while the bottom half levels out to ideal beginner and intermediate skiing. Few resorts can boast such world-class, varied terrain. The frontside of the mountain, specifically, the trails off of the Red Lady Express, offer incredible, wide-open and relatively uncrowded beginner skiing. Intermediate skiers can enjoy quick laps off of Prospect and Gold Link Lift; while more advanced intermediates have tons of trail options off of Paradise and East River Express Lifts. Expert skiers can get their “extreme” on off the North Face Lift, Spellbound Bowl, Third Bowl and gate-accessed Teocali Bowl.

Crested Butte Ski Vacation Packages

We're your one-stop shop for booking everything for your Crested Butte ski vacation. With us, you can book your flights, car rentals or ground transportation, lodging, lift tickets and activities.

If you're ready to book your complete Crested Butte ski vacation or have additional questions, our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialist are standing by. Call or chat now to learn more about this unique resort.

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Customer Reviews (5)

Overall Customer Experience*

4.6
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*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.

What the experts are saying

Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000 X 3692
3.9
Good

Crested Butte is a resort for all seasons

Barbara in Bellevue
08/04/2012

Crested Butte is a very nice ski mtn.

The ski trails are laid out really well and comfortable for all types of skiers. There was not any natural snow but the grooming on man-made was excellent. The lifts are a little slow but in bright sunshine, not an issue. The photographers were well placed and took great pictures. Everyone working on the mtn. was very friendly and helpful. Hopefully next time we ski at CB, there will be more natural snow.
Ben in Houston
12/02/2010

Crested Butte ROCKS!

Crested Butte is awesome.
1) Everyone we came into contact with was friendly.
2) The mountain and snow were perfect (40+ inches base) and it snowed every day while we were there. The Greens here are a little faster in some places than other Greens I've done. Especially the last part down to the Resort area is a little steep for beginners.
3) We took one full day of lessons and the instructors were patient and very good. I survived Rick "the Hun"! The wife, kids and I were up and skiing on the first day.
4) The lifts were nice and fast. With very short lines even on a Saturday. Thursday and Friday we had virtually no wait time for the lifts.
5) Shuttle from Gunnison Airport to Crested Butte (easy!).
6) There is FREE bus service between Mt. Crested Butte (the resort) and the town of Crested Butte (no car needed). We went in for dinner at a place called Secret Stash (eclectic with great pizzas). Also went to Clark's Market for some supplies so we didn't have to eat at the resort restaurants every day.
7) The bar at the Elevation Inn and Spa is very nice. Good sliders there.

Overall just a great place to visit. Wish we didn't have to leave.
Tonia in Mansfield
12/01/2010

Crested Butte was awesome!

1. The weather was cold like other ski areas.
2. We had condo with three flight of stairs. The first floor was coming in, the second floor was the living room, and kitchen, and third floor was the beds.
3. We went on a sleigh ride dinner, plus my family went snowmobiling. I didn't go, they loved it.
4. We talked to other skiiers and said the other ski areas were tourisy, and loved this one.
5. The scenery was absolutely wonderful.
Crested Butte the best ski area I saw. You need to go see it.
June in Trenton
09/03/2009

First Family Vacation

We all had a very great vacation. Better than we had expected.
Our Chrildren are pretty well grown, 2 boys in college and one in high school so we thought we better get a family vacation in and thought a ski vacation was in order and we all will be back again. Everyone was veryhelpful and friendly. Hotel was clean, ski people all over the village were very helpful and friendly we all want to move there now but know that is not possible. we will return..Thank youCrested Butte
Paul in Denver
07/03/2009

A Very Challenging Mountain

I really loved skiing Crested Butte. The Headwall and North Face are great expert and extreme areas to ski and wiped me out! I usually ski all day but I couldn't make it past 2:30p the first day.

There was a great beginners area too, so not everyone would be skied out by the tough stuff.

Expert Reviews (1)

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Expert reviews are written by our seasoned mountain vacation specialists based on their first-hand experiences.

Reviews

Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
1-800-908-5000
X 3692

Crested Butte is a resort for all seasons

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I have taken my family to Crested Butte Many times, and in all seasons. We enjoy its abundant green and blue groomed trails as well as its more advanced longer trails. Crested Butte is considered an adventure ski destination and is famous for the extreme terrain off the North Face and Headwall. Crested Butte has many diverse and distinctive bars, restaurants, shopping and nightlife venues. My family also loves Crested Butte in the summer for the hiking, jeeping, amazing wildflowers and of course for the spectacular fall colors too. Call me at ext 3692 today and let's discuss a package to Crested Butte. You can also email me at bill@ski.com.
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