For those who love hiking, snowshoeing is your winter counterpart. From groomed trails to pristine backcountry wilderness, snowshoeing gives you all-access exploration of surrounding areas in Crested Butte. Before you set out on your adventure, make sure you’re outfitted with the proper gear and layers to keep you bundled up, but not overheated.
If you choose to use the Crested Butte Nordic Center groomed track, be sure to purchase a day pass at the Nordic Center, located at 620 2nd St. in the town of Crested Butte.
Miles of Exploration
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|Area||Location||Nordic Pass Required||Groomed|
|East Side||By the School||Yes||Yes|
|The Bench||Behind the Nordic Center||Yes||Yes|
|Magic Meadows||Peanut Lake/Slate River||Yes||Yes|
|Riverbend||2 miles east of town||No||Yes|
|Gothic||End of Gothic Road||No||Snowmobile Track|
|Snodgrass||End of Gothic Road||No||No|
|Brush Creek||3 miles east of town||No||Snowmobile Track|
|Washington Gulch||4 miles north of town||No||Snowmobile Track|
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Crested Butte Nordic Center
If you fly into the Gunnison Airport, it may be difficult to transport your snowshoes. The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers $20 rentals for snowshoes, boots, and poles. Additionally, rentals are 20% off for seniors (65+) and free for kids 17 and under. You can snowshoe all of their trails (over 50km!) and the Nordic Center also offers guided backcountry tours, starting at $90 for a half day and $60 for each additional person. Tours meet at The Nordic Center and are available 7 days a week. Bring a backpack with essentials such as water, layers, and sunscreen.
Irwin Guides also offer a unique backcountry guiding experience. Your half day snowshoe experience is guaranteed to be a time to remember for you, friends, and family. Explore open meadows, aspen groves, and dark timber, while enjoying pristine views and wildlife during this all inclusive tour. $175 for one person and $125 each for a party over two.