Ski The Butte
Crested Butte is known as a great mountain for all level skiers because of the variety of the terrain and the progression from beginner, intermediate to the advanced part of the mountain. Crested Butte’s 121 ski trails are 23 percent beginner, 57 percent intermediate, and 20 percent advanced trails.
Take a Lesson
Crested Butte offers private and group ski and ride lessons, kid's lessons, and a variety of workshops and camps for all level skiers. Take your skiing up a notch with a lesson from Crested Butte's award winning instructors.
Go For a Ride
Ride in an open sleigh pulled by a snowcat to Uley's Cabin at Crested Butte Mountain Resort for a gourmet dinner. Another option is boarding a horse-drawn sleigh at Lazy F Bar Ranch south of Crested Butte. Enjoy a scenic, 35-minute ride to a rustic cabin overlooking the East River and enjoy a five-course dinner. If you'd rather be on a horse instead of in a sleigh, Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures offers a one-hour ride with a stop for hot cocoa.
Try Dog Sledding
Go dog sledding at Lucky Cat Dog Farm over mountain terrain. Both short tours and lunch tours are available.
Drive a Snowcat
Crested Butte Mountain Resort's Snowcat Driving Experience, offered in conjunction with Prinoth, teaches basic operational and safety information and the opportunity to take snowcat for a spin on a closed course.
Take a Cooking Class
Two of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley's most popular chefs offer cooking classes on a regular basis. Mike Busse, proprietor of Garlic Mike's Italian restaurant, hosts classes at Interiors with Oohs & Aahs' demonstration kitchen in downtown Gunnison. Keely Murphy shows aspiring chefs how to make hearty soups, amazing chocolates, French and Italian cuisine and much more at her catering kitchen. A
Go Ice Fishing
Try ice fishing on Colorado's largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, with local outfitters who can make this effortless and fun.
Go Ice Skating
For more on the ice activities, visit Gunnison's indoor ice rink at Jorgensen Park (with an outdoor rink and small pond just outside) and the outdoor Big Mine Park Ice Rink.
Take a Snowshoe Tour
Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers daily snowshoe tours on ski area trails with a guide at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Snowshoes, poles, water, a light snack and a lift ride are included in the cost for the two-mile outing. Also check out the daily snowshoe tour of Snodgrass Mountain from 1- 4 p.m. that includes transportation. During the ski area's Moonlight Snowshoe Tours enjoy evening snowshoeing on mountain trails.
Have Dinner in a Yurt
Full Moon Yurt Dinner Tours involve an easy snowshoe or Nordic ski to Magic Meadows for a dinner prepared by local chefs. The cost includes a trail pass and equipment rental.
Visit a Museum
Take a break from the slopes and visit at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Walking through the museum's front door is like stepping back into an old-fashioned hardware store. A large gift shop and memorabilia are in the front, while a train display, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and interesting exhibits about mining, ranching, skiing and other local history draw visitors to the back.
Plan a Crested Butte Vacation
For more information on planning a Crested Butte vacation visit the Gunnison-Crested Butte Vacation Planning and Travel website.