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Crested Butte

Crested Butte Ski Resort Guide

Crested Butte, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift3,620m 11,877ft
Resort Height2,860m 9,383ft
 Nearest AirportsGunnison-Crested Butte and Montrose
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Crested Butte

The American ski resort of Crested Butte is at an altitude of 2,860m 9,383ft.


Crested Butte has direct access to 85 marked pistes, served by a total of 15 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,860m 9,383ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,620m 11,877ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Crested Butte is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Crested Butte.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Crested Butte is 4km 2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Rambo 56 Degree, 500ft vertical.'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Crested Butte?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Crested Butte.

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Ski Area Stats

Crested Butte Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
100km 62 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Crested Butte Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,620m 11,877ft
Resort Altitude (Crested Butte)2,860m 9,383ft
Lowest Piste2,770m 9,088ft
Max Vertical850m 2,789ft

Ski Slope Aspects

N, E, W

Crested Butte has ski slopes facing north (good for keeping the snow), as well as east and west.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Crested Butte
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Crested Butte?

This ski resort is in Pend Oreille, Colorado, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Crested Butte is Gunnison-Crested Butte, 42 minutes drive away.

Montrose airport is also within three hours drive.

Gunnison-Crested Butte is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 15 ski lifts are able to uplift 17,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 40 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Crested Butte open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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