Unleash your wild side at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). Defy the voice that says you can't and journey to the end of the road to find something that can't be found elsewhere. Ditch the less daring. Break free from ordinary and dive into untouched powder, towering peaks, heart-pounding terrain and a vibrant town with a mountain culture all its own.
Go to Extremes
With 542 acres of double-black-diamond terrain, Crested Butte is known as the North American birthplace of inbounds extreme skiing and riding. Crested Butte’s famed Extreme Limits occupy about one-third of the mountain’s overall acreage, including hair-raising steeps off the High Lift, North Face Lift and front side of the mountain. With more than 150 uniquely named areas within the Extreme Limits, the options are endless.
But Go with a Guide
While it would typically take years of skiing or riding to learn all the lines within the Extreme Limits at Crested Butte, our CB Steeps Guide program offers a much more efficient answer. Designed for advanced skiers and riders who are ready to take their next step into the famed Extreme Limits, the program is an inbounds tour concentrating on terrain accessible from the High Lift and North Face Lift. The tour pairs you with an expert instructor and includes an evaluation and light education, helping adventure-minded guests make the jump to extreme skiing and riding.
Steeped in History
This winter, we’re celebrating the grit of our founders and their desire to Be Wild as part of our 60th anniversary season. In December 1960, Fred Rice and Dick Eflin purchased the Malensek Ranch on Mt. Crested Butte and later applied to develop skiing on our mountain. The following year, the U.S. Forest Service issued a special-use permit and, with that, lift-served skiing began at the end of the road. Sixty years ago, in the winter of 1961-62, the ski area opened with a generator, a J-bar and a T-bar and the rest, as they say, is history.
NEW | Stepping Stone to the Steeps
We all aspire to do big things. If your big thing means one day slashing turns in Crested Butte’s world-renowned Extreme Limits terrain, Peachtree Lift will help you get there. It’s your stepping stone to the steeps. To help celebrate Crested Butte’s 60th anniversary season, the new Peachtree Lift will open for winter 2021-22 as a three-person fixed-grip lift serving beginner terrain at the base of the resort, replacing the former two-person fixed-grip lift.
Peachtree Fast Facts:
- The new lift will increase uphill capacity by 50 percent, resulting in quicker access to the mountain and relief to nearby learning areas.
- Peachtree’s location adjacent to the Aspen and Pine conveyor lifts is the ideal spot for skiers and riders just learning the sport to enhance their skills and progress into terrain accessed by a chairlift.
- Alongside the new lift, grading of terrain will create a more consistent pitch across the entire slope, allowing beginners to focus on the fundamentals: starting, stopping, balance, carving and more. It will be an ideal spot for beginners to start their day, take a lesson and enhance their skills.
Significant Capital Investments across Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts has funded more than $1.5 billion in capital investments since launching the Epic Pass in 2008. Additional capital investment projects across the network of resorts this season include Crested Butte’s new Peachtree Lift, 250 new acres of terrain with two new lifts and 17 trails at Beaver Creek Resort’s McCoy Park, a new quad lift at Breckenridge’s Peak 7, the upgrading of four-person lifts to new six-person high-speed lifts at Keystone and Okemo, and a new four-person lift at Okemo.
Additionally, Vail Resorts recently announced an unprecedented number of on-mountain projects planned for the 2022-23 North American ski and ride season in what will be the company’s largest single-year investment into the guest experience. The sweeping set of 19 new chairlifts, including 12 high-speed lifts, a new 8-person high-speed gondola and 6 new fixed-grip lifts, is part of Vail Resorts’ $315 million to $325 million capital investment plan for 2022 which is designed to materially reduce wait times, increase uphill capacity and create more lift-served terrain. With this latest capital plan, Vail Resorts’ total investment into the guest experience over 15 years is expected to reach approximately $2.2 billion.
NEW | Our Composting Commitment
CBMR has teamed up with 3XM Grinding and Compost of Olathe, Colo. 3XM will haul all of CBMR’s compost – including pre- and post-consumer food waste, green waste, eco products and shredded paper – to their facility to mix and sell locally.
Composting Fast Facts:
- Sorting stations at our restaurants allow us to successfully divert waste from landfill.
- We’ve also partnered with Terracycle at CBMR to help divert hard to recycle items like disposable gloves in our Food & Beverage outlets.
- For the 2020-21 winter season CBMR was able to expand its composting program from only pre consumer food scraps to all food scraps as well as compostable packaging.
- CBMR composted 10.11 tons of food scraps and compostable packaging during the 2020-21 winter season.
- This initiative will help expand previous composting past CBMR’s food and beverage outlets and instead to the entire resort, dramatically increasing the resort’s waste diversion numbers.
Vail Resorts Commitment to Zero
In 2017, Vail Resorts announced Commitment to Zero – a bold goal to achieve a zero net operating footprint by 2030 across the entire enterprise. With 37 resorts in 15 states and three countries, Commitment to Zero creates the opportunity for one mountain resort operator to have a big impact on preserving the environment through its three pillars: zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill, and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat.
Resort Fast Facts
Dates and Hours
2021-22 Season: November 24, 2021 to April 3, 2022
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Base Elevation: 9,375 ft.
Summit Elevation: 12,162 ft.
Vertical Rise, Lift-Served: 2,775 ft.
Vertical Rise, with Peak Hike: 3,062 ft.
Average Annual Snowfall: 234 inches
Total Skiable Acres: 1,547 acres
Acres of Snowmaking: 300 acres
Acres of Grooming: Approximately 300 acres nightly
Conventional Trails: 121
Extreme Limits Terrain: 542 acres of in-bounds, double-black-diamond terrain
Longest Run: 2.6 miles (Peak to Treasury)
Number of Lifts: 14 Total
- 26% beginner
- 57% intermediate
- 14% advanced
- 3% expert
- 4 high-speed detachable quad chairs
- 2 fixed grip quad
- 2 triple chairs
- 1 double chair
- 2 surface lifts
- 3 Magic Carpets