In a Hurry? Fastest Crested Butte Ski Lifts

When its a pow day, you want the most time on your skis, not on the lifts. So we compiled all the chair lifts at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (not including the T-bars and magic carpets), so you can plan your snow day on the hill to get the most laps in. We also included fun stats on each lift below, so check it out before you hit the slopes.


Gold Link Lift

LiftRide DurationVertical FeetVertical Feet/Minute
Silver Queen7 minutes2,072 feet296 feet/minute
Paradise5 minutes1,291 feet258 feet/minute
East River5 minutes1,014 feet253 feet/minute
Red Lady5 minutes967 feet193 feet/minute
West Wall4 minutes464 feet116 feet/minute
Prospect5 minutes505 feet101 feet/minute
Gold Link5:30 minutes523 feet95 feet/minute
Teocalli7 minutes615 feet87 feet/minute
Painter Boy4 minutes331 feet82 feet/minute
Peachtree3:30 minutes167 feet47 feet/minute

Lifts are listed in order of most vertical feet per minute

1. Silver Queen

 Good For: Intermediate/Advanced riders
 Quad chair
Access to the peak (when the run is open), as well as the longest run on the mountain from the peak to lower treasury, which is 2.6 miles.

2. Paradise

Good For: Intermediate/Advanced riders
 Quad chair
Access to the North Face lift and Paradise Warming Hut, where you can enjoy a famous bacon bloody Mary on the sun deck.

3. East River

Good For: Intermediate/Advanced riders
 Quad chair
Good mix of expert and intermediate runs, with access to the Paradise Warming Hut, making it an ideal zone for a big group with varied skiing/riding ability.

4. Red Lady

Good For: Beginner/Intermediate riders
 Quad chair
Can access the back side and front side of the mountain from here, a great central lift to meet at.

5. West Wall

Good For: Intermediate riders
 Quad chair
This is a great lift for families with small kids in ski school, it runs near Peachtree lift and the magic carpets. West Wall accesses intermediate terrain, perfect for kiddos in half day lessons who are skiing and riding at an intermediate level.

6. Prospect

Good For: Beginner/Intermediate riders
 Quad chair
 Over in the Ten Peaks zone, which accesses intermediate and beginner runs, as well as to the progressive and Cascade terrain parks. The Umbrella Bar is at the top of the lifts, which is a great place to have lunch or a cocktail and meet your group.

7. Gold Link

Good For: Intermediate riders
 Triple chair
 Also in the Ten Peaks zone, this lift runs parallel to the Cascade terrain park. If you get lucky you might catch some folks going through the park.

8. Teocalli

Good For: Intermediate riders
 Double chair
 Arguably the slowest feeling lift at the resort, its still faster then Painter Boy and Peachtree lifts (according to vertical feet per minute). It’s a great lift for a first date–plenty of time to chat and sit close.

9. Painter Boy

Good For: Beginner/Intermediate riders
 Triple chair
This lift is your access point to the Ten Peaks area, and the Umbrella Bar

10. Peachtree

Good For: Beginner riders
 Double chair
If you park in the lower free lot and have your season pass or lift ticket for the day, walk up the stairs through the condos across from the parking lot and take Peachtree lift up to easily ski over to the base area. This is a great lift for beginners, all runs that are accessed by Peachtree are greens.