Crested Butte Ski Holidays

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Andy Knights

“An historic town and some of the steepest terrain in the US makes Crested Butte a great option for a ski pilgrimage – for those adventurous types combining Crested Butte with Telluride could well be the dream ski holiday”

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 7/10
  • Intermediates: 8/10
  • Advanced: 9/10
  • Families: 8/10
  • Nightlife: 7/10
  • Village Charm: 8/10
  • Affordability: 8/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 7/10
  • Sustainability: 7/10

Season: Nov - Apr

Nearest Airport: Gunnison

Transfer Time: 45 minutes

Transport: Car Hire

Elevation: 12,162 ft

Vertical Drop: 3,062 ft

Ski Area: 1,547 acres

Ski Lifts: 15

Runs: 121

Grade: 16% advanced
57% intermediates
27% beginners

Why Crested Butte?

Known as the “Last Great Colorado Ski Town”, Crested Butte is a real gem. It is a little harder to get to than many of the other Colorado resorts but is well worth the journey. The historic town is one of the best preserved Victorian mining towns in Colorado, and the ski area is uncrowded with some stunning scenery. Crested Butte is ideal for those interested in great skiing in the day and relaxation in the evenings.

The Skiing

Don't be fooled by the size of the resort – “The Butte” is famous for it’s challenging in-bounds black terrain and some great off-piste areas. Extreme Limits is an aptly named area of chutes, trees and drops guaranteed to give you some heart-stopping challenges. However more than 80% of the runs are classed as beginner or intermediate so there is plenty to keep those less inclined to throw themselves of cliffs entertained. In addition, the uncrowded slopes mean that families with children learning to ski are very well catered for.

Off the Slopes

The town of Crested Butte is 3 miles from the ski village and is definitely worth visiting for a few evenings out. The Pizza restaurant is a local favorite and some bars are open late. Here you will find the ski-bums hanging out and the resort is know for some excellent après ski. The town is accessed by the free village bus which runs until midnight. There is a reasonable selection of restaurants, bars, cafes and other amenities in the ski village that also boasts a brand new tubing park, climbing wall and ice skating rink to keep the kids, and some adults, happy.


The accommodation is located around the base area of the mountain and has a good mixture of hotel rooms and multi bedroom condos. Convenience is key as all of the properties are within easy reach of the lifts and some are ski in/out. All units are of a high standard and good value.

More Skiing?

Crested Butte isn’t a big resort so realistically you will want consider visiting another resort after about four days. For one of the most spectacular trips you, or any of your friends, will have experienced why not combine Crested Butte with Telluride. If that still isn’t enough for you, then try our Classic Colorado Safari which includes Crested Butte, Telluride and Aspen or Snowmass. Old west towns, incredible skiing and a stunning road trip - what more could you ask for!

Ski Safaris Combine Crested Butte with other ski resorts in Colorado.