Ski Crested Butte, Colorado

Written by on December 7, 2015 in CO Outdoor Adventures - 1 Comment

Crested Butte Ski Area
Called Crested Butte for the unusual tuft of rock on the top, the Crested Butte ski area has some stunning view of the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area and the West Elk Wilderness Area. In 2004, Crested Butte Mountain Resort came under new management. The new owners, Tim and Diane Mueller, have invested more than $315 million dollars over the past five years to improve mountain and surrounding amenities. Improvements you will notice this season include: a complete remodel of the Ice Bar on-mountain restaurant; the addition of a new base area Adventure Park complete with year-round synthetic ice rink, bungee trampolines, and a climbing wall; installation of a lift-served tubing hill; the addition of a new combined beginner learning area for children and adults; and upgrades to the Outpost Building Day Lodge.

Skiing on the mountain is outstanding, particularly since Crested Butte is off the beaten path, which means at times you may feel like you have the mountain to yourself. Lifts start at 9,375 feet and rise nearly 5,000 feet to the summit at 12,162 feet. With over 1,617 skiable acres, Crested Butte offers a huge amount of terrain to explore. There are 121 total groomed runs, with 23% dedicated to beginners, 57% to intermediate skiers and 20% of the terrain dedicated to advanced skiers. Crested Butte also welcomes snowboarders to experience the Super Pipe at the top of Forest Queen, as well as the jumps and rails at DC Canaan Terrain Park. Average snowfall each year is over 300 inches, making for outstanding snow conditions every single day.

Crested Butte is recognized as home to some of the country’s top extreme and elite winter athletes, like Seth Morrison and Wendy Fisher. That’s because the mountain has some of the easiest access to what many considered to the best steeps in the country. You can find classic bowl skiing or unexplored lines on every run.

The winter fun doesn’t stop on the slopes! Crested Butte Mountain Resort also offers the following fantastic outdoor adventures — Last Tracks Dinners, Sleigh Ride Dinners, Cross Country Skiing, Guided Snowmobile Tours, Guided Backcountry Ski / Snowboard Tours, Winter Horse Trail Rides, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Dogsled Tours.

The towns of Mount Crested Butte and Crested Butte nestle at the foot of the mountain and offer every amenity imaginable — from spas to shopping, fine dining to luxurious accommodations and everything in between. Once a gold and silver mining town, Crested Butte has retained all of its old-fashioned charm. There are no traffic lights or chain stores to clutter up the town. However, the charming boutiques, specialty stores and small galleries are outstanding as are the unique restaurants, including the most popular local hangout, The Last Steep.

Ski Crested Butte
Phone: 800-810-7669

About the Author

One Comment on "Ski Crested Butte, Colorado"

  1. Char Proctor August 31, 2010 at 9:31 am ·

    I can vouch for the Last Steep. It just embodies the Colorado ski restaurant. Do try the artichoke cheddar soup–fantastic.


Comments are now closed for this article.

Get Adobe Flash player