Those looking for fun in the snow will be hard pressed to find a better location in Colorado. The powder is deep, the backcountry terrain epic, and even if you don’t ski there’s plenty of other stuff to enjoy. Crested Butte Mountain Resort along with the Nordic Center offer up some of the best trails and grooming you’ve experienced. Take your pick from a laundry list of Crested Butte ski and snow sports:
Alpine Skiing & Boarding
If you enjoy endless lift lines, sitting in traffic for a few hours, and views of Interstate-70, better head elsewhere. If not, you won’t be disappointed with the skiing here. 15 total lifts and 1500+ acres ensure you won’t have to wait very long and can enjoy the epic scenery and trails right away. The summit tops out at over 12,100 feet and there is plenty of terrain for all skill levels, including some of the best expert runs in the country. And don’t forget the powder … lots of powder. Crested Butte Mountain Resort will surely become one of your favorite ski destinations.
Nordic & Telemark Skiing
With over 30km of maintained nordic track and over 100km of groomed ski trails in the area, you can be sure to get in a great workout with spectacular views of the West Elks. Renting gear for both skate and classic styles is relatively inexpensive and easy.
The area is known for some of the best Cross-country skiing in Colorado and regularly draws Olympians for training.
For those who love hiking, snowshoeing is your winter counterpart. Burn a ridiculous amount of calories and go practically anywhere, from groomed trails to pristine back country wilderness. Anyone who can walk, can snowshoe and there are plenty of guides to show you the best trails Crested Butte has to offer.
Backcountry and Mountaineering
Adventure seekers only: For the few who want to experience first tracks from over 12,000 feet, there are many places to choose from and guides to get you there. Climb local 12k & 13k peaks along with some 14ers in the Elk mountain range and enjoy sweet rides down. Guides highly recommended:
Ice Hockey & Ice Skating
The Big Mine Ice Arena is home to our open air rink, which is open from December through March (weather dependent). There is no charge for usage and skate rentals are only $9 for adults ($7 for kids/seniors). When open, call the rink hotline (970)-349-0974 for the daily schedule. Town league hockey games occur throughout the season as well.
Tubing & Sledding
The tubing hill up on the mountain resort opens just after 4pm. There is also a community hill at the Nordic Center. Both offer fun for the entire family including kids of all ages. If those two spots aren’t enough for you, take your pick of any of the numerous surrounding hillsides.
There isn’t a much more unique experience than being pulled by a team of dogs through the snow filled wilderness of the Rockies. Both kids and adults can enjoy this activity. There are a couple of dog-sled tour operators in the area that offer half and full day adventures you won’t soon forget. Some tours start in nearby Slate River Valley. Prices start from $150 for kids and $165 for adults.
(970)-641-0529 | GunnisonSledDogs.com
With many roads and passes closing for the winter, snowmobiling represents a fast and fun way to get into the backcountry. There’s an extensive trail system and local rental companies offer both guided and unguided rentals. Guided tours start at $94 per person and range from a few hours to all day with meals provided. Lake Irwin and Lost Lake are also popular destinations.
Colorado Adventure Rentals
PO Box 253 | Almont, CO 81210
(970)-641-3525 | ColoradoAdventureRentals.com
CB Motorsports Inc
(970)-209-6720 | TimberSledsCB.com