Winter outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with Crested Butte for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding available at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Crested Butte has many other snow-filled adventures such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating and ice fishing.   In addition, private guides can be hired to experience back country adventures.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Crested Butte Mountain Resort:  For your next skiing excursion, be prepared to awaken your yearning for adventure on the legendary terrain of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  The resort is loaded with slopes ranging from beginner to advanced gradients that cover 1,167 acres and 121 trails.  

Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast offers discounted lift tickets at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Please contact us at 970.349.5888 for rates.  Discounted lift tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.  

Cross Country Skiing, Skate Skiing, Snowshoeing and Ice Skating  

Crested Butte Nordic Center:  The Crested Butte Nordic Center is a full-service cross-country ski center providing professional lessons and complete rental packages for skate and classical skiing, as well as ice skating, and snowshoeing. The Nordic Center maintains more than 55 kilometers of groomed trails accessible via three trailheads, around the scenic outskirts of Crested Butte.  The  trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing and can accommodate all ability levels from novice to advance.  

Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding and Ice Climbing

Crested Butte Mountain Guides:  Crested Butte Mountain Guides specialize in personal, professional, and customized guiding and instruction in backcountry skiing, rock climbing, avalanche education, mountaineering, mountain biking, hut trips, sea kayaking, ice climbing, and hiking. They are the only fully permitted year-round guide service in the Gunnison Valley.   


Rent a snowmobile, and ride out into the snow filled valleys surrounding Crested Butte. Local rental companies offer both guided and unguided rentals and many have high performance sleds. Lunch and dinner rides are also available.

Action Adventures Snowmobiling:  Action Adventures High Adventure Tour combines spectacular scenery with a bit faster, more aggressive ride. This tour includes quickly paced trail rides through the Gunnison National Forest, as well as off trail powder riding in the open powder fields of Splains Gulch. Plenty of play time and play areas on this tour!  This company  has held an authorized permitee of the US Forest Service for over 25 years in Crested Butte, and their guides are all local professionals who know where all the best riding spots are located.  

Crested Butte Snowmobiling Tours:  Welcome to Crested Butte Snowmobile Concierge – your personal liaison to Crested Butte's finest snowmobile adventures!  

CB Mountain Sports, Incorporated:  CB Motorsports, Inc. rents snowmobiles and ATVs that are new and maintained in excellent condition so that you can access the backcountry and see the views of a lifetime - and have fun doing it!  

Snowmobile Concierge:  Crested Butte Snowmobiling is one of the most remarkable ways to experience the High Peaks of Colorado.  Family, group, and adventure snowmobile tours are available daily including all holidays. Their specialty is helping you select the best snowmobile experience that perfectly suits your needs.  They are able to cater rides for the different dynamics of each group to ensure the picture perfect Crested Butte Vacation. .  

Cat Skiing

CS Irwin:  Enjoy a day of cat skiing in the Elk Mountains.  With vast terrain, record snowfall, luxury snowcats, a top notch guide staff, they are the premier snowcat experience.  

For more winter activities check out Travel Crested Butte.  

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