Crested Butte - Ski Rental & Snowboard Rental
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Crested Butte Resort Information
A former coal mining community, Crested Butte is best known as ‘the last great Colorado ski town,’ in the winter and the ‘wildflower capital of Colorado’ in the summer months. Today, Crested Butte is a year round mountain destination that offers gorgeous scenery, a rich history, and lack of crowds. Its expansive resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, is located just three miles from town, within the Gunnison National Forest and Elk Mountain Range of southwest Colorado.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort has quite a diverse terrain across more than 1,500 skiable acres, suitable for any ability type. Of 121 trails total, 27% are Green beginner runs, 57% Blue intermediate runs, 13% Advanced Black Diamond runs, and 3% are Expert Double Diamonds. The resort also has four terrain parks for all ability levels of ski and snowboard enthusiasts. All these incredible trails are accessed by 15 lifts, including four high-speed quads, two regular quad lifts, two triple chairlifts, three double chairlifts, and four surface lifts.
Backcountry skiing in the surrounding mountains of Crested Butte is considered some of the best in Colorado. With such large amount of extreme skiing terrain here, Crested Butte has attracted the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games.
In the 1860s and 1870s, coal and silver mines began to open in the surrounding area, resulting in several little mining towns popping up. When silver mining began to decline, many of these towns failed. Crested Butte, however, was not among those. Instead, this little community found itself in a better position to survive because it served as a supply town to the surrounding area, along with ranching to help sustain itself. The town did shrink in population for a while, but bounced back when the ski resort was built on Crested Butte Mountain in the 1960s.
Since the 1970s, several companies have attempted to mine molybdenum on Mount Emmons (fondly called the “Red Lady” by locals) near Crested Butte. In 1977, Mayor W. Mitchell led a campaign which stopped AMAX from building a billion-dollar molybdenum operation on Mount Emmons. Because of his battle against the anticipated environmental impact, Mitchell is known as the man who "saved a mountain.” And instead, a ski resort was born, with one of the main base lifts appropriately name, “Red Lady Express.”
These days, Crested Butte is home to Alpine skiing, backcountry skiing, and dog sledding in the winter; biking, hiking and camping, fly fishing, backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, four wheeling, and disc golf, in the summer time. Crested Butte also hosts a number of unique festivals and parades throughout the year. These include Torchlight, New Years, Winter Carnival, Butte Bash College Ski Week, and Mardi Gras during the winter months; Extreme Board Fest, Slushuck, and Flauschink during spring; Crested Butte Bike Week, Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte International Film Festival, 4th of July Celebration, Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Alpenglow Concert Series, Festival of the Arts, and Ball Bash during summer; and Fall Fest, Vinotok, and Paragon Peoples' Fair during fall. Of course, there is also simply enjoying a local’s favorite pastime of bench sitting all year round!
Some of Crested Butte’s Claim to Fame
The original Mountain Bike Hall of Fame was first located in Crested Butte before being moved to Fairfax, California in 2014. It’s been noted that Crested Butte is one of the locations claiming to have created the sport of mountain biking.
Crested Butte was the main film location for the Walt Disney Ski movie, “Snowball Express.”