About Crested Butte Ski Resort
Most people have heard of Crested Butte, but know little about it. This Colorado ski resort is located deep in the Rocky Mountains and offers big-time skiing without the hustle and bustle of the I-70 ski resorts. Crested Butte is not the largest resort in the state at only 1167 acres, but the terrain diversity and cool mountain town keep people coming back.
It is roughly a five hour drive from Denver, 4 hours if you are me. This usually equals zero lift lines, even during peak season.
Crested Butte has a good amount of interesting, expert terrain. There are lots of double black runs to keep you entertained and your adrenaline pumping. You can also hike and shred some lines directly from the iconic Crested Butte Mountain.
For the beginner/intermediate skiers and riders, there are plenty of easier trails, which naturally progress to more difficult runs the further you get from the mountain village.
Crested Butte has both a mountain village and historic downtown. The town is often praised for its unspoiled feel. You don't have Starbucks and other franchises popping up on every corner and the locals are laid-back and happy to help.
The mountain village mainly consists of hotels, spas, and a few restaurants. In town, visit Paradise Cafe for some great pancakes or French toast to start your day.
MTgnar Rating: 4 out of 5
Crested Butte Mountain Info
Base Elevation: 9375 feet / 2858 m
Summit Elevation: 12162 feet / 3707 m
Vertical Drop: 3062 feet / 933 m
Area: 1167 acres / 4722681 m2
Annual Snowfall: 298 inches / 757 cm
Hours of Operation: 9am-4:00pm
Season: November 21, 2012 - April 7, 2013
Lifts: 16 total: 4 high speed detachable quads, 2 fixed grip quads, 2 triple chairs, 3 double chairs, 3 surface lifts, 2 magic carpets
Trails: 121 Total
Longest Run: 2.6 miles - Peak to Treasury
Terrain Difficulty: 23% beginner; 57% intermediate; 20% advanced
12 Snowmass Road
Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225
Main Phone Number: 800-810-7669
The town of Crested Butte, CO surround by Rocky Mountains.
Crested Butte Ski Area Location
Crested Butte ski area base overlooked by the Crested Butte Mountain.
Crested Butte Mountain and town during the day.
Crested Butte Mountain and town during the evening.
Historic downtown Crested Butte.
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