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Crested Butte isn’t the mecca of shopping in Colorado; however both the town and ski resort village will keep shoppers entertained for a few hours. And if you’re in the market for ski or snowboard gear, you’re in luck!

Crested Butte Shopping - General

Most of the Crested Butte shopping is in the main street of town. There are various boutiques hording unique clothing for women, handbags and jewellery, and quite a few gift shops that stock tasteful items. Crested Butte also has a childrens shop, a shoe store, sunglasses shop, and the compulsory Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory shop. Crested Butte also has a mixture of art studios and galleries.

Crested Butte Ski Shops: On Mountain

For a reasonably small village, Mt Crested Butte has a surprisingly large number of ski and snowboard shops.

Our pick of the bunch is Flat Iron Sports which is located slopeside in the Treasury Building. The large retail section of the shop is upstairs (ski and snowboard rentals downstairs) and they have a good range of hardwear including the essential fat skis, outerwear, and accessories, including lots of helmets.

If you need a new pair of ski boots, don’t buy them on-line as it will likely end in disaster; this is the place to come. They have three expert boot fitters all with over twenty years of experience and they are arguably the best boot fitters in Crested Butte. And in case the fit of the ski boots needs a little tweak, it’s easy to head in from the slopes for a modification.

The Peak Sports ski and snowboard shop is another option. They have a range of snowboards and fat skis, and sell some outerwear and logo clothing. You can also pick up the “Extreme Limits Ski Guide” book for the Crested Butte double black terrain.

Butte and Co. feels more like a ski boutique; they have nice outerwear brands and cute things. Thin Air Sports in the Mountaineer Square Courtyard is a lovely shop where functionality meets style. They have lots of Mammut gear as well as other performance brands.

Knuckle draggin’ wet bums can head around the corner to Colorado Boarder, a large snowboard shop with plenty of hardwear and an abundance of Burton gear.

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Crested Butte Ski Shops: Downtown

A few shops in Crested Butte sell a small range of outdoor and mountain wear, but these tend to be boutiques that also sell an array of other items.

The main ski shop is Alpineer. They specialise in backcountry and telemark gear, but because they’re owned by Christy’s, some of the ski clothing also has a little bit of flair.

Souvenir Shopping

Quite a few of the Crested Butte ski shops sell a little logo wear and other Crested Butte souvenirs. Otherwise Logo’d in the Treasury Building specialises in CB souvenirs. There’s also a slopeside cart of t-shirts and hoodies, but you may need to just guess your size if you don’t want to flash your body and try on a t-shirt out in the freezing cold!

Downtown Crested Butte has quite a few shops selling t-shirts, hoodies and other logo souvenirs. Mountain Tops is the largest store, but we couldn’t manage to find any decent clothing. Much of the sizing seemed to be very off (so be careful if buying souvenir clothing for someone else) and they had beautiful pink hoodies in blokes’ sizes and camouflage green hoodies in chicks’ sizes. Don’t they know about gender stereotyping when it comes to colours??!

Grocery Shopping

A couple of shops at Mount Crested Butte sell very basic sundries. For other groceries your best bet is to head downtown to Clark’s Market (500 Belleview) near the Old Town Inn.