Located off the beaten path of I-70, Crested Butte is known for more time on the slopes and less time in lift lines. The 1,547 acres of skiable terrain offers something for every skiing ability. With over half the mountain geared to intermediate and beginner skiers and a centrally located base area; it is a great place for families and groups with all ability levels.  For the more adventurous skiers and snowboarders Crested Butte is a dream with some of the best lift-served extreme terrain in the nation. Home to first winter X Games, the longest extreme skiing competition in the world, quirky costume events, and our friendly vibe, Crested Butte is a place you want to add to your skiing and snowboarding bucket list. If you aren’t a big skier or snowboarder, there are still a plethora of activities for you to enjoy as well- surrounded by 1.7 million acres of National Forest, you can snowshoe, fat bike, and cross country ski, right out your door in any direction. 

Winter Fast Facts

Season Dates: November 21, 2018 to April 7, 2019

Lift Operating Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Crested Butte is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The resort lies in the town of Mt. Crested Butte three miles from the town of Crested Butte, one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp.

About: Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.

Average Annual Snowfall: 234 inches

Skiable Acres: 1,547 acres/626 hectares

Base Elevation: 9,375 ft/2,856 m

Summit Elevation: 12,162 ft/3,707 m

Highest Lift: 11,875 ft/3,620 m

Lowest Lift: 9,100 ft/2,774 m


Overall: 3,062 ft/933 m (requires short hike to Peak Terrain)

Lift served: 2,775 ft/846 m

Number of Lifts: 14 Total
  • 4 high-speed detachable quad chairs
  • 2 fixed grip quad
  • 2 triple chairs
  • 1 double chair
  • 2 surface lifts
  • 3 Magic Carpets
Lift Capacity: 20,020 people/hour

Snowmaking: 297 acres (120 hectares) of terrain covered by 14 of 15 lifts

Grooming: 5 Prinoth snowcats groom roughly 300 acres nightly

Trails: 121 total                                                          
  • 26% beginner                                
  • 57% intermediate                                   
  • 14% advanced                                     
  • 3% expert
Extreme Limits: 542 acres of in-bounds, double-black-diamond terrain

Longest Run: 2.6 miles/4.2 km (Peak to Treasury)