9 Things You Must Do On Your First Crested Butte Visit

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Thinking about planning a trip to the Butte this Winter? These are our most recommended things to do once you get here. Make note of this list for the next time you are lucky enough to find yourself taking in these sights.

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1. Breathe

Get outside and take a few deep breaths. Our fresh mountain air doesn’t get much better anywhere in this country. Far from the crowded cities, and far from any industrial center, you can find places outside to enjoy the air without a mask. Having trouble with the altitude? Swing by The Fountain on Elk Ave for a revitalizing oxygen session or IV therapy.

2. Visit the Mountain

Be safer in Mt. CB, take the free bus up to Mt. Crested Butte and enjoy a range of dining and activities. Enjoy a plethora of hiking, skiing, and fat biking tails or even take the lift up and hit the slopes. Be sure to grab dinner and drinks at one of the many restaurants of Mt. Crested Butte.

3. Festivals/Events

Winter is typically packed with special events celebrating food, drink, music, art, sport, and nature that can only be experienced here in the high Rockies. Check out some of the amazing events below to find the perfect one for you!

4. Stroll down Elk Ave

stroll (strl)
– to go for a leisurely walk

When was the last time you did this? Not for exercise or to get somewhere, but to just breathe and take in the sights. Crested Butte is an extremely pedestrian friendly town with historical buildings, mountain views, and plenty of places to stop in and visit. Don forget to wear your mask!

5. Hit the Slopes

Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers some of the best skiing in the nation with terrain for all ages and ability levels. With tons of blue and green slopes beginners will feel right at home n the slopes. Crested Butte is also home to some of the best advanced inbounds skiing in the country. If your skills are up to par and snow is good, tighten those dins and hit the 3,062 feet (933 meters) vertical drop that’s available. 

6. Dine Out

This was probably already on the itinerary, but it still surprises us how much great food is available in a town this size. Choose from pretty much any cuisine and be delighted. This complete dining guide will help narrow down the choices. Be sure to check out one of CB's newest eateries Tin Cup Pasty seen below.

7. Hike or Snowshoe

Crested Butte lies close to the heart of the Elk Mountain Range in the Colorado Rockies. Wildflowers dominate the summer, golden aspens in the fall, and serene snowscapes in the winter. There are trails close to town for all ability levels. You owe it to yourself to leave your worries behind and escape into the wilderness.

8. Bike

Bring your own or easily rent, demo, or buy your favorite bike at The Alpineer. Summer and fall mountain biking is world class and usually on peoples’ bucket lists. Fat biking in the winter is a novel experience. Townies can be seen and ridden year-round. Road cyclists are in for a treat as well!

9. Nordic Ski

Crested Butte may be known for its steep and extreme terrain on the mountain, but if you are looking for a nordic/cross country experience the Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado is at your doorstep. Between the beautiful groomed tracks and valley drainages, there are no shortage of landscapes for you to explore.

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