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 and the local backcountry. There are also several companies that offer guided ski trips, including near Irwin.
The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) is also located at the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. ASC enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional winter and summer outdoor activities. Winter programs include skiing and snowboarding on resort at CBMR.
Two million acres of public lands are accessible from Gunnison County. This huge amount of open space makes Crested Butte one of the most scenic and wild places to go backcountry skiing in Colorado. Backcountry terrain can be accessed via skis or snowmobile. Many maps and guidebooks to popular ski touring spots are available in print and online. The Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) offers a daily weather 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 of avalanche education resources from CBAC.
Cat skiing allows skiers and snowboarders to experience the feel of backcountry skiing without needing avalanche education. Irwin Guides offers daily guided cat skiing tours near Irwin, 10 miles northwest of the town of Crested Butte. Slopes are controlled for avalanches, and highly trained guides show you where to ski. Tours begin conveniently in downtown Crested Butte.
Photo courtesy of Eleven Experience, Irwin Guides and Dave Kozlowski Photography.
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.
Looking for a place to stay during your ski trip? There are cozy cabins and dreamy 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, lodges and beautiful bed-and-breakfasts. Ski-in, ski-out hotels in Mt. Crested Butte are the closest lodging to the ski area. The town of Crested Butte 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.