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Crested Butte Activities and Attractions

  • Snowcat Skiing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Dog Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Guided Backcountry Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Ice Climbing
  • Winter Fly Fishing
  • Ice Skating
  • Photography
    Spring Break March - April

    A Spring Break full of Skiing & Snowboarding with Apres Ski Parties, Pub Crawls, and Concerts awaits you this winter at the Butte. Call for great deals and details!

    Elk Mountains Grand Traverse - Crested Butte to Aspen March 26-27

    Crested Butte’s 13th annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a one-of-a-kind event in the United States. The backcountry ski race is a test of endurance and smarts--following the mail routes that connected the Colorado mining towns of Crested Butte and Aspen in the 1880s--and requires avalanche awareness, backcountry athleticism, winter camping knowledge and map reading skills all wrapped in one.
    The Grand Traverse is not a Nordic or downhill race, but instead tests skiers overall skills and goes from town-to-town, covering 40 miles of rugged trails in the Elk Mountains. When the Grand Traverse began several years ago, it was fashioned after similar events in Europe that connect various villages. At the stroke of midnight, approximately 250 racers (125 teams of two racers each) will depart from the base of Mount Crested Butte.
    After a parade review, the teams climb up and over Crested Butte Mountain Resort terrain, exiting just below the East River lift, crossing the East River valley, turning down stream and rejoining the course on Brush Creek Road before climbing over two mountain passes. Several hours later, on the next morning, racers arrive in Aspen bleary-eyed and exultant in their accomplishment. More than 40 support team members are present in the backcountry during the race to insure skier safety. Some crews are out in the backcountry for a week before the event, assessing avalanche conditions and moving supplies into remote camps. Local pilots also assist by airdropping supplies into alpine basins.
    In addition to providing a quality wilderness race experience for entrants, race organizers make safety of all participants and minimal impact on the environment top priorities. The unusual start time is scheduled so that entrants will reach the high point of Star Pass (12,303 feet) before the warmth of the day increases the likelihood of avalanches. Because of the remote route through the Elk Mountains, each team of two is required to carry enough food and supplies to sustain themselves for 24 hours. Before the race start, the teams packs will be checked for essential gear such as bivy sacks, stove, fuel, avalanche beacons, rescue gear, first aid and repair kits.
    The cost of entering the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse is $250 per team. Registration opens in early December, with numbers limited to 125 teams. It is important to enter early as the race quota fills fast.

    Flauschink March 31 - April 4

    Locals and visitors will be flushing out winter and welcoming spring with the 42nd Annual Flauschink Celebration. Flauschink is the traditional Crested Butte spring festival of renewal, the release of winter’s worries and woes with the welcoming of the days of spring when hope springs eternal. (The event is the flip side of the town’s Vinotok, a medieval fall festival that celebrates Crested Butte’s Eastern European heritage at the end of September. Vinotok invites people to come outside and play, be merry and enjoy fall before the snow begins.) This spring, Flauschink will include a parade, the crowning of the new king and queen, and many other traditional celebrations.

    Mother's Day Event May 7-9

    For mothers and daughters ONLY, The Ruby Mother's Day celebration includes two nights lodging, dinner at the Timberline Restaurant, a girlie girl spa day-which includes a manicure, pedicure, a one-hour massage, and a one-hour facial. There will also be a skincare and makeover party!! The perfect way to show your mom you care.

    Contact us at 1-800-390-1338 to schedule your Mother's Day celebration with us! (Make sure to tell your friends and their moms!)
    Starting at $475 per person.

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