Crested Butte

PO Box 5700, Mt Crested Butte , CO (Driving Directions to Crested Butte)
Last Updated: 10/24/2016 4:47 AM

Crested Butte Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 28 Beginner
  • 69 Intermediate
  • 24 Advanced
Inspire Your Passion for Adventure. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has a natural character that is both distinctive and exhilarating for any ability level. From the abundant wide open green and blue groomed trails to more advanced long cruisers and the famous extreme limits of the North Face and Headwall, the mountain has it all.

Crested Butte is recognized as ... the home to some of the countries top extreme and elite winter athletes, names such as Seth Morrison and Wendy Fisher pioneers of big mountain skiing are synonymous with the Butte. On any day you can find yourself skiing runs with a number of skiing legends or new school superstars. It is easy to see why so many young people are attracted to the scene in CB. The mountain has some of the easiest access to what is considered to be the countries best steeps where you can find classic bowl skiing or unexplored lines on every run.

Crested Butte has always been know as the perfect mountain to improve your skiing because of the diverse terrain and easy progression from beginner, intermediate and advanced sections of the mountain. This unique character of the mountain combined with uncrowded slopes, fantastic grooming and snow conditions gives one a sense of freedom and confidence.
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Crested Butte Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Crested Butte Operations


Plan to Open 11/24

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 16

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 121

Weekend Hours


Crested Butte Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

9,375 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

3,062 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

12,162 ft

Crested Butte Ski Pictures and Photos

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Crested Butte Trail Map

Crested Butte Reviews & Tips (29)

So where's the deals on just lift tickets? I have my own equipment.
Crested Butte review written Sep 12 2016 - 08:28 AM
Juju Intermediate Skier
Had a great time in Crested Butte, don't want to ever ski anywhere else! Thanks Liftopia for the great price on my ski lesson and lift ticket. I learned alot from an excellent instructor! Hope to return to Crested Butte again and highly recommend. Liftopia! Also found a great Gunnison motel with great prices, The A-B-C Motel was a wonderful experience for my dad and I. The rooms were immaculate, beds comfortable, cheerfully decorated, quiet and nice. The hot tub was perfect for relaxing after a day at the slopes. Loved having the free shuttle to Crested Butte a block away. We highly recommend the A-B-C Motel!
Crested Butte review written Jan 14 2015 - 07:59 PM
Joe Dingman Beginner Skier
Go to CB because its where you should be if you love fab terrain and very friendly people , what an incredible Hill you CBeres have there , try not to tell to many about it will you . I spent four weeks there in Jan this year and what a skiing time I had great people so natural so honest in their interest bout where I came from and why CB.My answer , came before loved it came back simple . That Mtn. has a magnetism about it , you can't help looking up at it , and you say I skied you today , you have a magic that draw's me , try me tomorrow will you , it say's back , oh yes I'll be back.
Crested Butte review written Apr 18 2014 - 03:28 AM
Josh moss Advanced Skier
We had another GREAT trip to Crested Butte last week. The Liftopia deal was fantastic since it was the last week of the season. Fortunately the snow was still great and we had a ball. Crested Butte is the sweetest old mining town and really family friendly. Down to earth, friendly locals and guests. We will be back. Saved a lot by flying Southwest (no luggage fees!) and flying into Denver - long drive (4 1/2 hours) but beautiful!
Crested Butte review written Apr 08 2014 - 11:07 AM
Anne from Minneapolis Intermediate Skier
Awesome snow. No lift lines. Definitely recommend Crested Butte. However, lift ticket deals are endless. Could have saved a lot of money buying tickets on site!
Crested Butte review written Apr 01 2014 - 09:33 AM
E Intermediate Skier
Beautiful and Steep! Loved it! Every acre of double black terrain earned its rating!
Crested Butte review written Mar 03 2014 - 08:36 AM
Bruce Advanced Skier
I took the beginner snowboard class...what a great deal! Thanks Liftopia! Plan on it taking a few days to really get comfortable on the board though (I am a female and not terribly aggressive...but I do have good balance). It was a lot of fun. We are staying at The Lodge @ Mountaineer Square. We are in a Studio Deluxe (#310)--perfect for a couple who want a really nice vacation experience. It is absolutely beautiful and we will always ask for this unit when we come in the future! We can take the free bus to town easily...or just eat up on the mountain...lots of great places to eat right here by our condo, or in town. I took today off and have had a wonderful day just being in this lovely condo, taking the bus to town and shopping...tonight we are going out for a nice dinner---truly the perfect vacation!
Crested Butte review written Jan 16 2014 - 03:08 PM
Lauren Beginner Snowboarder
Crested butte is a nice place to ski. I have been there two of three times that I have been skiing. It's a little harder to get to. Gunnison is not a big airport sot tickets are more expensive. The only thing I don't like about using liftopia is that CB won't give you the lift tickets until the day of use if you buy a single day ticket.
Crested Butte review written Jan 05 2014 - 02:45 PM
Dray Beginner Skier
I just moved to Gunnison this summer and was excited to tryout Crested Butte. I bought one discount ticket from early when I first heard of the $19 tickets. It was great skiing and a sunny bluebird day. They also had the first annual Santa Crawl coupled with the Pub Crawl afterward to the adults. My advice would be to buy early since later on the prices went up, but were still a really good deal. Crested Butte is a great town to visit. The resort is excellent with many options for lunch, and once out of the base area the lift lines are usually non-existent.
Crested Butte review written Dec 16 2013 - 05:13 PM
Gunni Resident Advanced Skier
This was an awesome deal for early season skiing! I bought a $20 ticket, rented alpine equipment for the first time, after telemark skiing for 20 years, and had the best lesson EVER! (Ask for Mark Day in ski school.) The views are amazing and a Bacon Bloody Mary can't be beat on the Paradise deck. No lift lines, friendly lifties and the snow conditions are incredible!
Crested Butte review written Dec 15 2013 - 07:15 PM
Aileen Advanced Skier
they expanded the blue runs for 2013-14.....why risk new england ski vacation( i live in NE) when for some extra money...and not much you are sure of snow, you don't need a car...great shuttles, and you have an experience of a lifetime.....i did this 20 years ago and back every year since
Crested Butte review written Nov 25 2013 - 06:13 AM
peter Intermediate Skier
I have no idea what all these people are talking about, I just got a great deal at Crested Butte. I only paid $1,527, that included round trip airfare from Boston, five nights, four days of ski passes, a round trip shuttle from Gunnison, and I'm staying in the newest hotel on the resort. They took 25% off of my tickets, hotel room, and shuttle. I also received $400 off my flight, it only cost me a little over $100 for the round trip flight. I will be only 500 feet from the two main lifts at the base. I paid $550 last year to stay at Sunday River for two nights and three lift passes. I stayed in the oldest and cheapest motel they had and I had to either take the shuttle or drive to the nearest lift line. I can't wait to get out there and snowboard. My brother in law use to live out there and told me I had to go to Crested Butte and Telluride, because I would love them. I will write a review after my trip in January.
Crested Butte review written Sep 30 2013 - 07:31 AM
Robert V Intermediate Snowboarder
We always ski crested butte at christmas and planned a trip again this year, but if I know that they were going to raise the prices of lift ticket and cut out the 5 day pass I would have went some where else. If I can get out of this trip I will. It's to bad because CB was our favorit place to ski.
Crested Butte review written Sep 13 2013 - 04:21 PM
judy Beginner Skier
I agree that CB is one of the last great ski towns. Snow and skiing are great. Will be going again next year. Skiing is good for beginers to Advanced. Lots of apres ski activities at the base area for kids (bungy, rock wall, mini-golf, tubing hill). Tip for where to stay: Base area lodging is a little dated, unless in the brand new overpriced accomodations. To get a better deal, we stay in homes on the free shuttle route. Pricing is better when you consider some homes can sleep up to 10 people. Last time our group stayed in a house in the Pitchfork neighborhood. Kids could spread out in the basement and adults had the upper two floors. Free shuttle pick up was about 50ft from the house. We use the property management companies in Crested Butte or VRBO to find these homes.
Crested Butte review written Jan 03 2013 - 10:05 AM
Jason Advanced Skier
My wife and I are average skiers. However, we love Crested Butte, not just for skiing by the whole place is very relaxing and the people are great. I've gone to just about every ski resort in Co and found that Crested Butte is the best experience. If your thinking about going to Crested Butte in the winter I would recommend it highly. However, you should also try checking it out in the summer, its really nice. My wife are going there again this weekend for four days..... See you at the Butte!!! E
Crested Butte review written Feb 23 2012 - 02:37 PM
Eric Intermediate Skier
It's true...I'm not sure why CB decided to up their prices and its a lot, but this mountain is a hidden gem in the US. That's the way it should stay though...a small, quaint mountain village with lots of tough terrain (closed right now, but when it is...oh man!). Right now, International is my favorite open run. You can really fly down that thing, just look out for ski patrol controlling the idiots who think they can handle steep pitches but end up on their butts the whole way down.
Crested Butte review written Dec 28 2011 - 06:55 AM
Dan Advanced Skier
My favorite run was Prospector. Great run for blue/intermediate with few people. The greens and blues are truly, if not a little conservative, marked so you don't worry about getting in over your head. Fun mountain with great people!
Crested Butte review written Feb 09 2011 - 02:56 PM
Samantha Intermediate Skier
Crested Butte is an awesome mountain for extreme skiing--it is among the best N. America has to offer!
Crested Butte review written Feb 06 2011 - 06:46 PM
Tracy Advanced Skier
My son is an extreme skier. I enjoyed the blacks, especially international. CB great for all around skiing, but especially for extreme skiers. The busses are great and free to get you to the ski area from the condos. Check home away to get deals at the condos. I love CB town. Enjoyed the food at the Sherpa cafe - excellent at a very reasonable price.
Crested Butte review written Jan 09 2011 - 05:50 AM
Carl Intermediate Skier
Skied here for the first time last week. it was unbeleivable! My advice, hit some backcountry terrain!
Crested Butte review written Dec 23 2010 - 08:53 AM
Alexandra McLelland Advanced Skier
This place is place has to be almost thee greatest place to go snowboarding in Colorado when there is fresh powder! Crested Butte has the mountain town and also the regular town. It's a nice place, secluded unlike Vail. The Hotel's on the mountain are really nice and they are also cheap. It's not as far as Telluride, but just as good! There's also snowmobling right in the town!
Crested Butte review written Dec 22 2010 - 03:01 PM
Meaghan Intermediate Snowboarder
Love this place...great terrian + one of the last true "ski towns" left in Colorado!
Crested Butte review written Dec 04 2010 - 11:32 AM
Stan Advanced Skier
If you want to have the best ski trip ever? Then you need to go to Crested Butte...... Stay and play, The Butte gets lively after the slopes close,so STAY AND PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Crested Butte review written Nov 30 2010 - 08:06 PM
Tim Advanced Snowboarder
Best place I have ever skied. Safety is first here, great skiing for all levels. Must come.
Crested Butte review written Nov 30 2010 - 08:57 AM
Laura Intermediate Skier
Crested Butte is great for all level skiers and boarders. Very friendly staff, great restaurants, and great family place. The mountain is the safest mtn. I have skied.
Crested Butte review written Nov 30 2010 - 08:56 AM
Laura Intermediate Skier
Beautiful place. The people there really go out of their way to make sure you are having a good time.
Crested Butte review written Nov 30 2010 - 07:23 AM
Ignacio Advanced Skier
We spent the past week there for the first time in many years. A lot of the old familiar runs combined with some really nice newer runs and terrain parks. Room for both boarders and skiers. Food on the mountain is expensive. Try Seceret Stash Pizza, Slogar's, or Pitas in Paradise all in town for better food and a little better price.
Crested Butte review written Nov 29 2010 - 03:10 PM
Peter Advanced Skier
crested butte is SO beautiful... its literally the most mind blowing place ive ever seen. just gorgeous... and the locals are so friendly and they can shred like no other ski town ive ever been too. my absolute favorite...
Crested Butte review written Feb 28 2010 - 01:36 AM
kelly Advanced Skier
Crested Butte is amazing. I am always blown away by how many good skiers they are here. I typcailly think of myself as an advanced skier, but the Crested Butte locals make me look like an intermediate.
Crested Butte review written Nov 21 2009 - 01:05 PM
Jim Advanced Skier

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