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Crested Butte Activities and Attractions

  • Skiing and Boarding Ė Spectacular vistas, champaign powder, bright sunshine and world-class skiing are some of the main ingredients.
  • Nordic Skiing - Crested Butte boasts over 30 km of well-maintained cross country ski trails!
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Dog Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Telemark Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Snowmobiling - We'll set up guided and unguided tours of our local trail system (check out our photo gallery!)
  • Ice Climbing
  • Fly Fishing (even in the winter!)
  • Backcountry Skiing
  • Photography
  • Powder Horseback Riding
Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe Dinner Tours

There is nothing quite like our nighttime sky. Join the Crested Butte Nordic Center on the stunningly scenic Magic Meadows Trail network on a tour to a secluded yurt for a woodstove warm-up with homemade dinner, hot drinks and yummy treats. Equipment rentals available. Available on select dates.

Please contact us to set up your moonlight snowshoe tour experience!

Fat Bike World Championships

Crested Butte hosts the Borealis Fat Bike World Championships. Riders may expect team relay races around an alpine lake, a pub-crawl and obstacle course, food, bonfires, serious competition too. An industry fat bike summit, vendor showcase and demos are also planned. Crested Butte is gearing-up for three days of the fattiest of fat biking competitions. Visit the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce site for all the event details and to register.

Alley Loop Marathon

The 31st annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon is scheduled for February 4th, 2017. This event is not only the highest-altitude Nordic marathon in the United States, it also reflects the athletic and free-spirited nature of Crested Butte. This American Birkebeiner qualifier, with a twist… the Alley Loop is also Crested Butte’s largest costume party and one of the biggest nordic ski races in the state of Colorado. The Alley Loop’s unique course starts and finishes in the heart of downtown Crested Butte. In between, it meanders through snow-lined alleys, behind false-fronted stores and restaurants, over footbridges and alongside residences. The course then heads out to the immaculately groomed nordic trails located on the outskirts of this historic mining town.

Visit the Crested Butte Nordic Center website for race information and online registration instructions or call (970) 349-1707.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in Colorado? It's not as outlandish as it may seem. While traditional Mardi Gras celebratory bashes will be plentiful, Crested Butte is celebrating this traditional French holiday in its own special way again this year. Skiers and snowboarders and carnival lovers alike are invited to join the fun in Crested Butte during Mardi Gras, as the town prepares to send off Fat Tuesday with a bang.

Beads and masks will be available at the theatre's Malardi Cabaret (located in the historic town hall building at the corner of Second Street and Elk Avenue) and Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce. Beads also are sold outside of the post office on Elk Avenue. Mardi Gras is a fund-raiser for Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, the longest continuously running community theatre in Colorado.

Enjoy a wide array of snow sports and off-mountain activities in the area during the day before joining locals for let-your-hair-down for fun in the evening.

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!

GoreTex Grand Traverse - Crested Butte to Aspen March 25 - 26

Crested Butte's Elk Mountain 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.
Registration opens in early December, with numbers limited to 125 teams. It is important to enter early as the race quota fills fast.


Locals and visitors will be flushing out winter and welcoming spring with the Annual Flauschink Celebration March 31 - April 2, 2017. 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.

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