Crested Butte - More Than a Ski Town


Often referred to as "the last great ski town", Crested Butte is so much more than that. Some may consider a ski resort town to be a destination not fit for a group with broad interests, but that’s not the case in Crested Butte! Whether someone in your party isn't a skier or snowboarder, or maybe just needs a break from the hill, there are some awesome winter options to enjoy in our snow globe of a town.

Alternative Winter Sports

Alpine skiing and snowboarding aren't the only ways to take in the beautiful surroundings of Crested Butte. There are plenty of other options to get outside and enjoy the snow.  Crested Butte has some of the finest, well-maintained nordic skiing tracks in the state. The Nordic Center is where you can rent all the gear you need and get recommendations on where to go.

Fat Biking is a fast-growing sport, and Crested Butte is the one and only home to the Fat Bike World Championships. Head over to Big Al's Bicycle Heaven or The Alpineer to rent a fat bike for the day and hit the trails!

For an activity that gets you outside but is on the mellower side, rent some ice skates and visit the Big Mine Ice Rink or try out some snowshoes for a winter hike to beautiful views.

If you need outdoor gear and warm layers be sure to head to Chopwood Mercantile for the best mountain threads.

Treat Yo’ Self

While Crested Butte can seem quite isolated, there are plenty of opportunities to have a day of rest and relaxation.

Creekside Spa uses organic, natural and wild-crafted products that serve to heighten your experience. They offer a multitude of massages and body treatments as well as single, couples massages and can even accommodate groups.

CORE Crested Butte provides multiple ways to help with goals both nutritionally and physically. They have experienced instructors who offer everything from pilates to various sport conditioning courses. Between drop-in classes, personalized group classes and workshops, you’re sure to find something for you.

After you’ve gotten a good sweat on and eased your muscles, treat yourself to some new duds. Crested Butte has the best boutiques where you can find the latest trends. Check out Grit and Milky Way right on Elk Avenue for style and gift inspiration.

Learn Something New

For the kiddos, The Trailhead Children’s Museum offers a wonderful way to get out of the cold while exploring hands-on learning opportunities for the entire family. They offer art and science camps, rotating exhibits, and more!

Crested Butte is designated as a National Historic District. The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum offers a glimpse into the history of the area including the railway, coal mining, skiing, mountain biking and more. They also offer weekly historic walking tours of the town.

The Center for the Arts offers many different classes and events from creating art to “whiskey school” to writing workshops.

Explore the Arts

Crested Butte is a certified Colorado Creative District for good reason.

CB is home to the longest running community theatre on the Western Slope of Colorado. The Crested Butte Mountain Theatre has various, wonderful productions each year as well as fun parties such as Dead Singers Night Karaoke and the Golden Marmot Awards.

The Center for the Arts continually has a wonderful lineup of both music and movies including nationally recognized documentaries.

The Majestic Theater brings in a collective mix of both blockbuster hits and independent films. What better way to spend a cold day than catching a flick?

Crested Butte has a plethora of talented, local artists. There are plenty of art galleries such as ­­ Redline Gallery and the Paragon Gallery Co-Op. In addition, explore monthly art walks that showcase the local talent and shops.

Many shops carry local wares as well, such as Scout’s General Store.

And don’t forget the music! For a small town, there’s always some live music to catch whether it be amazing local talent or nationally known artists. The Princess Wine Bar offers a great, intimate atmosphere while the Public House and The Center for the Arts provide more room for bigger names such as Leftover Salmon and The Crystal Method.


Free Fixes

There are also plenty of things to do for free in Crested Butte.

Acme Liquor Store offers multiple free tastings each month varying from spirits to wine to beer.

There are various spectating events each winter such as Fat Bike Worlds, The Alley Loop, Mardi Gras Parade (which is free to enter a float, too) and more- all of which feature music and fun costumes.

The before-mentioned artwalk is free, as well as many events at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

Live local music can often be found at different establishments too, such as The Talk of the Town and Montanya Distillery.

Sledding at the Nordic Center is free and fun for kids of all ages!

This is only a fraction of the things you can do in colorful Crested Butte. One good resource to find more activities is the Community Calendar, run by our local radio station, KBUT.

Don’t let the moniker, “last great ski town,” deter you. Crested Butte is also a National Historic District, Colorado Creative District, fun-loving and funky town that has more than the ski eye can see.

If you’d like to know more information or my favorite things to do and places to see, send me a message!

Megan Clark