Crested Butte is more than just an epic Colorado skiing destination. The Gunnison Valley’s unique mountain towns are a great place to hang out when you’re not on the slopes. Crested Butte is a quirky ski town. Gunnison is a laid-back college town.
Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley are a good basecamp for more than just Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Staying in Gunnison or Crested Butte 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.
There are over 2 million acres of public lands in the Gunnison Valley. 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. There are many maps and guidebooks for popular ski touring spots available in print and online. The Crested Butte Avalanche Center (CBAC) offers a daily weather and avalanche report during ski season. If you plan to travel through avalanche terrain please ensure you have the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment to stay safe.
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.