Taking Après Ski to the Next Level

Crested Butte’s has had a much better snow season than last year and we are LOVING IT!  Each promise of a storm has arrived and blanketed us with fresh refills of the white gold. Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner, which means SPRING SKIING!

While March can surprisingly be the snowiest month of the season, the days are getting longer. Longer days mean fantastic afternoon spring skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, etc.-not to mention more daylight to get over Monarch Pass. What better reason to make sure you make the trip over Monarch Pass than the best après ski event of the season, Colorado Crafted?!

Crested Butte has gotten over 193” of snowfall this season!

Crested Butte has gotten over 193” of snowfall this season!

Crested Butte is home to Colorado Crafted, which hosts the who’s who in the Colorado craft beverage world. Many artisans from around the state make the trek to our cozy spot at the end of the road, prepared to pour delicious libations, just for you!

Whether you’re looking forward to an old favorite like Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewery or tasting something new such as the lemon and strawberry citrus wines from Evergood Elixirs, there’s something for everyone. Whiskey, Gin, Rum, oh my! Click here for the ever growing list of vendors.

And this year you’ll be treated to delicious food from Gunnison Valley local restaurants, Hogwood BBQ, Octopus Coffee and of course 9380. These guys know how to make some food that’ll keep your bellies satisfied!


Top 3 reasons to head to Colorado Crafted in Crested Butte this year:

  1. New VIP Hour - If you are looking for a more intimate Crafted experience, consider this year’s New VIP Hour, with only 50 tickets being sold you are guaranteed to get specialty tastings and a chance to talk one-on-one with vendors.

  2. The music!
    Floodgate Operators
    , a 5-piece Crested Butte bluegrass band that is quickly gaining popularity all over Colorado will be performing at this years Colorado Crafted 2019.

    Floodgate Operators combine fast flat-picking traditionals with energetic and heartfelt originals to create a show that is not to be missed!

  3. You could win a pair of ROMP Ski’s


Here are some things to remember before you go:

  • Bring CASH for the $1.00 coat check, and don’t worry about dragging your stuff around

  • Bring your ID! You will not get into the event without it, no matter your age (all ages are welcome to this event)

  • Drink plenty of water-whether you’re a local or visiting, hydration is key to a successful Colorado Crafted

  • DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE-take advantage of the various free bus transit systems that take you to town, Gunnison, and all stops in between, for information on Mountain Express head to their site here.

Looking for the perfect place to lay your head for the weekend?

Consider a stay at Just Horsin’ Around, just blocks from Elk Avenue. The town bus picks you up and drops you off right at the corner of the Just Horsin’ Around Cabin making it the best place to stay for Colorado Crafted. Whether your skiing or shopping before Crafted, you can easily get to wherever you’ll need to be from this cabin.

Click Here to book your stay before it’s too late!

Megan Clark