If you're looking to take your next ski vacation in a unique small town that's as quaint as it eclectic and as beautiful as it is vibrant, look no further than Crested Butte. Located in southwest Colorado and tucked away in Elk Mountain Range, the town is a wonderful destination all year long. The ski resort, also known as Mount Crested Butte, is about three miles away from town and is well known for its steep terrain and the extreme friendliness of the locals. The resort's remote location also helps to ensure that lift lines are almost always short and quick-moving. During the summer, the town becomes a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with opportunities aplenty for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and much more.
Summit Elevation: 12,162 ft. | Skiable Acres: 1,547 | Trails: 121 | Vertical Rise: 3,062 ft. | Lifts: 15 | Average Annual Snowfall: 300 Inches
Getting To and Around Crested Butte
Crested Butte is about 230 miles southwest of Denver, which translates to about a five-hour drive depending on weather. Take I-70 W to 470 W. Continue on to Highway 285 S to Poncha Springs, where you will take Highway 50 W to Gunnison. Take Highway 135 N to Crested Butte. It's an incredibly scenic drive, but one that can be harrowing in inclement weather, especially if you're not familiar with driving in the mountains or snowy conditions.
Alternatively, you may be able to fly into the Crested Butte/Gunnison Regional Airport, which has air service from three major carriers. The airport is about a 30-minute drive from Crested Butte. Car rentals at the airport are available as is shuttle service to town. Once you're in town, you may not even need a car as there is a free shuttle bus system.
Activities & Things to Do in Crested Butte
A vacation in Crested Butte means that you'll have no problem enjoying some of the most popular mountain activities. In the winter, activities go far beyond just skiing and snowboarding. You can also go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, or ice fishing. During the summer months, you'll find no shortage of hiking and biking trails. You can also go horseback riding, ride the zipline, or head to the Summer Adventure Park, which includes everything from rock climbing to miniature golf.
Equipment Rentals in Crested Butte
Regardless of which activities you have planned for your Crested Butte vacation, the team at Mountain Ski Trips can recommend the best rental shops in the area. From snowboards and skis to mountain bikes and fly fishing gear, there are plenty of options from which you can choose. Crested Butte Sports, Butte and Co., and Dragonfly Anglers are just some of the equipment shops in town. So, when you make the trip, pack light and leave your gear at home without worrying about missing out on anything.
Guest Services & Accommodations in Crested Butte
Every guest is unique and so is every Crested Butte vacation. We want to make sure that you get exactly what you want in terms of both accommodations and guest services. If your vacation includes a special occasion, hire a private chef who will treat you to amazing culinary creations. Pamper yourself with a spa day after you drop your children off at one of the child care options in the area. Whatever you're looking for to make your Crested Butte vacation one to remember, just let the Mountain Ski Trips team know and we'll help you find it!