The Gunnison Valley contains two million acres of public lands. This much easily accessed open space makes Crested Butte and the surrounding area one of the most scenic and wild places to go backcountry skiing in Colorado. The Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) offers a daily snow and avalanche report during the winter ski season.
AVALANCHE EDUCATION COURSES
With so much backcountry terrain, Crested Butte is a great place to learn about safe winter backcountry travel. It doesn’t matter if you travel via skis, a splitboard, a snowmobile or Nordic skis, avalanche education is imperative for safe travel in the winter. If you’re planning on venturing into the backcountry, consider taking an avalanche safety course before or during your visit. For resources, check out this list.
Cross-country skiing can be a refreshing addition to your downhill skiing vacation in Crested Butte. The Gunnison Valley is home to some of the most scenic cross-country skiing in Colorado, including dozens of miles of groomed trails at Crested Butte Nordic. Visit our cross-country skiing page to learn more.
There are cozy cabins and inns dotted around the valley that will make you feel like you’re in a snow globe.
The towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are filled with condos and lodges and some beautiful bed-and-breakfasts. The town is connected to the mountain via a free, five-minute bus ride.
Gunnison offers a more mellow experience with a fantastic price point for a ski vacation.
ACTIVITIES IN GUNNISON-CRESTED BUTTE
While you’re here check out Crested Butte and Gunnison’s other winter activities: Nordic skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding and sleigh riding!
SKI AND SNOWBOARD RENTALS
Crested Butte and Gunnison have many outdoor gear shops staffed by knowledgable people who love the outdoors as much as you do. Many local gear shops feature both biking and skiing equipment and make the swap seasonally.