Skiing & Snowboarding

Downhill skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and more

Crested Butte is home to some of the best downhill skiing in Colorado. The legendary steep terrain at Crested Butte Mountain Resort draws visitors from all over the country and the world. The fun doesn’t stop there, though. This page will tell you all you need to know about Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the lesser-known opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the Gunnison Valley. 


What is Crested Butte known for?

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is known for having some of the steepest in-bounds ski terrain in Colorado and even the U.S. Advanced and expert skiers will love exploring Crested Butte’s extreme terrain and back bowls. Beginner and intermediate skiers have plenty of mellower terrain to choose from, too. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is on the Epic Pass. 

Crested Butte is more than just an epic Colorado skiing destination. The Gunnison Valley’s unique mountain towns are a perfect complement to the legendary skiing. Explore the quirky scene on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte or the laid-back college town of Gunnison after lifts close.

lone skier skiing Crested Butte Mountain Resort

    More skiing near Crested Butte and Gunnison

    Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley are a good basecamp for more than just Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Staying in the valley will put you in the perfect location to hit up a handful of other great skiing options, from snowcat tours to a local community hill. When you stay in Gunnison, Almont, Mt. Crested Butte or Crested Butte, you have easy access to Cranor Hill, the local backcountry and Monarch Mountain. There are also several companies that offer guided ski trips in and around the Gunnison Valley, including near Irwin. 


    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. 


    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

    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. 



    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!


    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.


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