Most people that come to Crested Butte in the winter come for one reason.... world class downhill skiing. Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers over 3,000 feet of vertical, 1,547 skiable acres, 15 chair lifts, 121 different trails and even one run that is over 2.5 miles long. With an average snow fall of 234 inches Crested Butte is a skiers paradise. You can learn more about CBMR Here.
The Crested Butte Nordic Center has been around since the late 80s, and they are focussed on helping people of all ages learn, grow and enjoy the sports of cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. The Nordic Center provides rentals and lessons. With over 31 miles of maintained trails you can stay entertained for a long time. Learn more about the Crested Butte Nordic Center here.
If you are into getting away from the crowds and exploring the backcountry contact Irwin Guides. They can get you into the backcountry for ski mountaineering, cat skiing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and fat biking. Irwin Guides also offers educational classes to equip you for being in the backcountry. See all that Irwin Guides has to offer here.
Looking for a break from skiing? Head over to the Big Mine Ice Arena. You can rent skates nest door in the Nordic Center, or you can check out the sledding hill on the other side of the skate rink. More information can be found HERE.
Ever been pulled through the snow by a pack of dogs? If not you should give it a try. These tours are fun and kid friendly. Cosmic Cruisers service the whole Gunnison Valley. More information about Cosmic Cruisers here.
If the back country is where you want to go, but you'd rather get there on a gas powered sled you will have a blast on a snowmobile tour. This is a great way to see areas of the surrounding mountains that you otherwise would not have access to in the winter. Here are a couple of options to check out: