Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Overall Rating

Crested Butte

Crested Butte4/512
Crested Butte4 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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    92%
  • Would Revisit
    92%

Crested Butte - Reviews

Crested Butte - Reviews

Needs a lot of snow

15/02/2020

Walter Arader

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Needs a lot of snow

15/02/2020
I visited Crested Butte in early February 2020 and had an absolute blast being completely humbled by the "extremes" and "steeps" this mountain has to offer. That being said, there was enough snow but barely. The base depth on my visit was ~50" and it is a good thing that I took out the insurance policy on my demos cause there were a ton of exposed rocks all throughout the off-piste skiing. As one local said, "this place has either be the best skiing of your life or like three groomers". If there isnt fresh snow and a ton of it at that, it is impossible to take advantage of the wild terrain. Another note is that while there are a ton of shoots, cliffs, trees, and technical gnarly terrain there is a marked lack of any wide open bowls. A huge positive is that even on a pow day the lift lines were manageable while other mountains on the Epic pass were basically shut down with crowds.

So in short, if CBMR has a base depth of 50 (preferably 75) and up and you get a few inches of fresh pow on top that, this place will knock your socks off. In particular running laps off the Silver Queen lift to Peel, Flat Iron, Banana, Funnel, and Sunset Ridge offers ridiculous views and long, narrow, snow-trap chutes that would be hard to beat anywhere.

Also the town of Crested Butte is a real gem: totally laid back and authentic. Bonez has money Mexican food and everyone was warm and welcoming.

Good place to jump off cliffs

Pallavicini
23/10/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
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    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Good place to jump off cliffs

Pallavicini
23/10/2019
Crested Butte is an oasis for the serious skiers.
Gnarly terrain, good snow and its remote location all help its notoriety.
Vail buying a ski area like CB makes zero sense.

Off the beaten path Gem

Prawn
01/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Off the beaten path Gem

Prawn
01/02/2019
Wow! Crested Butte is a great ski area. Groomers were in great shape. Of piste was very good even though it had not snowed in several days. Runs are long and varied. Tree skiing was decent. There looked to be adequate skiing for intermediates and beginners despite CB's reputation as an expert mountain. For a smaller ski area Crested Butte skis bigger than it's size. The lift system is decent with several high speed lifts. The only downside to the lift system are two T-bars. Not a big fan of T-Bars here. The ski area felt deserted on a Sunday. The village at the bottom feels sleepy. If you want night life, go to the town of Crested Butte where there are plenty of restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. The town has a very unique vibe. It has not succumbed to the commercialization you see at other mining-ski towns. I recommend spending some time in town during your stay.

50 Year Skier

Greg
22/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

50 Year Skier

Greg
22/04/2017
This is a skiers mountain. If one comes here to "be seen" on the slopes or to personally market five ski outfits during their week's ski trip, this isn't the mountain for you. People here are all about the skiing & snowboarding....with lots of 'town' fun thrown in between the activity on the mountain. The historic town of CB located a mile or two down from the base is a must see, must experience place if you come here.
The mountain itself is unique - funky like the town in a way. it offers excellent extreme terrain, especially from the top and subsequent north side T-Bar accessed areas - enough great terrain in this respect to satisfy the ski junkie for weeks. Basically, one can create their own runs from bowl to bowl - through tree areas and horizontal traverses. There is sufficient novice intermediate terrain, although probably not enough to satisfy an entire week's vacation - but one will want to take in the town for a few days should they venture here. The snow was excellent - coverage on all the steeps was deep and 100% of the mountain was open.
Well worth the visit - it has character that oozes, unlike the corporate hell holes - the take a number and we'll be with you in a few days kind of resort that one typically will find with mega ski run resorts of North America. This area is THE REAL experience for anyone wishing to take in an authentic ski town.

Not what you think it would be!

Tom Hanks
20/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Not what you think it would be!

Tom Hanks
20/02/2017
This is a over priced over rated resort have been to a lot of places and this is the worst so fare lets start with the LINES like 50 to 80 people in line at once all times and when you try to be nice and let people know how they like to work STUCK UP RICH LIFE comes out and let me do me so not so nice people, then who lets a toddler on the PARK with jumps to block and even hurt other riders?????????????????????? no regulation on how people go down just like a sliding Theme Park bad bad bad the grade of the Mt. is so vertical and no remorse so be ready to wait 45 min in line to get cut off by little kids and bad snow GOOD LUCK!

Ed note: Huh?? It appears that the commas and full stops weren't working on the computer?

Great Colorado resort

Daniel Sherwin
30/06/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great Colorado resort

Daniel Sherwin
30/06/2015
We visited Crested Butte towards the end of our Colorado road trip during the last northern winter. Unfortunately, avalanche hazard had halved the available extreme and advanced terrain at the top of the mountain. We had some good fun in what was left whilst sticking to the out-of-bounds rules. This is one spot where ducking the ropes is not a socially conscientious choice - rider triggered avalanches would be funnelled to the lower family slopes in a number of locations.

The powder stashes at the top of mountain were even good despite the terrain being limited and I can easily see how fantastic they would be with similar demand and twice the available acreage to ride. The upper pistes are well groomed and a delight to ride as well.

Most suited to: Local families and those looking to ride the extreme zones of the upper mountain. If you don't mind a hike, the powder basins of the top are excellent!

Pros
Excellent variety of terrain
Great array of restaurants and bars in the mountain and lower town
Uncrowded
Very friendly
Well groomed, steep pistes

Cons
Limited snowcover may cause significant terrain hazards due to sharp rocky geology toward the top of the mountain
Avalanche hazard can cause reasonable amounts of the advanced and extreme terrain to be closed
Upper lifts/surface drags are slow
Terrain park options may be a little limited for intermediates

Crested Butte

Richard Moody
20/09/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    70+
  • Admin Rating
    3

Crested Butte

Richard Moody
20/09/2013
I live in CB and am totally in love with the skiing and the historic town. I'm a docent in the town museum so am very aware of the legacy of the European miners who came to work the mines in the 1880s.

There is skiing for all levels and as a ski guide for visiting ski clubs I know how much folks from out of town love coming to CB. The restaurants are superb and the people extremely friendly.

I do not agree that Montrose is the preferred gateway airport. Gunnison is 30 minutes down valley and does not suffer from many weather closures while Montrose is at least 2 hours drive away.

I encourage skiers of all levels to come to CB. They will not be disappointed.

The Best!!!!

AK
17/12/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Admin Rating
    3

The Best!!!!

AK
17/12/2012
Been going to CB for a decade now and I'm only 17. I love the people and hometown feel. Everyone is so friendly and has nice things to say. You are sure to meet nice people no matter where you wander throughout town.

The mountain is sure to please all skier levels, and it won't disappoint thrill seekers. I would recommend newcomers of skiing/snowboarding to enroll in classes at CB because the instructors are truly some of the nicest and down to earth people.

Coming from an Oklahoman, Crested Butte is the best ski town in Colorado. Hope to see you on the slopes!!!

diamond in the rough

olivier
20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

diamond in the rough

olivier
20/10/2012
So my family was heading to Aspen for a week. I wasn't very stoked on the idea, but I was stoked that I was going to be in Colorado, so what better excuse to ditch my family for some real terrain?

About 5 hours from Denver, is the small town of Crested Butte. It has a sweet western feel to it, and you can immediately feel the ski-bum presence. Although there are some high-end options, most dining, drinking and lodging options are very affordable.

The best thing about Crested Butte is not the size or the vertical. They can rely on their legendary in-bounds extreme terrain. Safe to say I destroyed a pair of skis in the aptly named "body-bag" glades, increasing my 75$ lift ticket to well over $1000. Unfortunately during my 2 days at the Butte, the peak remained closed due to winds, however there was amazing in-bound terrain at/below-treeline level.

EXPERTS if you are lucky to be at the Butte on a clear day with a good base, hike-to terrain THE PEAK and BANANA FUNNEL have legendary views, are steep, and have lots of opportunity for big air. If this isn't the case, the true extreme terrain is found in the Teocali bowl and the Extreme Limits, where Subaru have done their North American Freeride Tour in the past. Take one of the platter lifts to access these gems, and its safe to say that the steepness, the abundance of trees and rocks, as well as unmarked cliffs, make a helmet necessary! (Next time Im bringing one, I promise!) Extreme Limits has probably some of the most extreme in-bounds glades in the world.

PROS:
-Amazing expert terrain
-Slim-to-no crowds
-Tearing up fresh lines in the huge acreages of extreme terrain
-Cool people, lot of ski bums
-Cool town

CONS:
-Location somewhat remote
-Lift system is inconsistent
-Treacherous ski-outs (sometimes 20 minute hikes)
-Limited snow cover will result in lots of exposed rocks, especially in rougher terrain

Crested Butte

Leftie
20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Admin Rating
    4

Crested Butte

Leftie
20/10/2012
Crested Butte has great snow and some of the best steeps in North America. It's as hard core as you want it to be but has space for everyone. Its location sets it up perfectly for big dumps of powder when the storms head south. It requires a fair bit of effort to get there which frees it from the Front Range traffic jams experienced by Summit County ski areas like Breck, Keystone, and A basin. If you are looking for trees, bumps, chutes, cliffs, and gullies, this is the place to be. Insanely beautiful. Stay in bounds if you want to live. Hike it in the summer to get the lay of the land.

Pros: Seriously long and steep descents. Hairy cliffs—get a guide and play nice. Hit Banana for some more forgiving fun. Powder sticks around in Teocalli Bowl. They let nature take its course here. There is terrain in CB for everyone and beginners won't accidentally end up where they shouldn't be. Paradise Bowl is wide open and accessible for intermediates. Worth spending some time here—not crowded, cool town, best skiing, and best skiers in the world.

Cons: Not a day trip unless you are lucky enough to be a local.
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