Crested Butte

Crested Butte

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Crested Butte

Crested Butte4/513
Crested Butte4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
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Crested Butte - Reviews

Crested Butte - Reviews

The Crusty Butt

30/09/2021

Brandon

Powder Enthusiast
Powder Enthusiast

Brandon

Powder Enthusiast
Powder Enthusiast
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    5

The Crusty Butt

30/09/2021
Butte's Bagels
The Butte
Steepest manmade run
Stopped for a pic on North Face
Through the BC gate over near Banana Peel
My Crested Butte experience was pretty different than any of my usual Colorado ski trips for a number of reasons. For one, my wife and I flew into the quant little Montrose airport which was a 2 hour drive as opposed to flying into Denver which is nearly 5 hours away. Also, maybe I’m just used to the drive from Denver to Summit County from doing it so many times but the drive from Montrose to the Crusty Butt was especially scenic to me. The town is awesome, definitely had a more authentic vibe than any of the Summit Co resorts.

We were there from March 20-22nd. 1st day we had some icy conditions early that turned to some fun slush later in the day. Basically explored the whole mountain minus the T-bars and lapped the trees off East River Express a bunch which were fun. Made our way to the new Umbrella Bar at the top of Gold Link and Prospector and enjoyed some apres ski before heading in with some incredible views of the butte.

Day 2 it snowed 3” over night which was a blessing. Day 2, and every day after, started with bagels from Butte’s Bagels which were absolutely fantastic. First run of the day was International which I absolutely loved. It is steep as hell for so long you just get sooooo comfortable cruising at a higher speed than you would at any other resort. Spent most of the day lapping paradise with the wife which were some phenomenal blues. I did end up riding the North Face T-bar once and tried to locate Rambo but ended up going down North Face and Hawks Nest to The Last Steep. My last highlight of the day was going through the backcountry gate at the top of Silver Queen and riding Upper Forest to Forest to Hot Rocks and then catching the bottom of championship.

Day 3 we woke to another 3”. I ended up hitting 3 T-bars which all the snow off of those had the full 6” from both nights. Rode the North Face again and managed to make it to Rambo via Hard Slab and Old Pro, but Rambo was closed. BUMMER! Gave it another shot after lunch and ended up talking to a dude that knew a side way in that dropped you in about 5 feet below the top but was definitely OPEN. Rambo did not disappoint. It was challenging, it was steep, it was a little sketchy in terms of snow coverage in some spots... Lastly I hit the High Lift which was actually a pretty intimidating Tbar. It’s a longggg haul and you go up some pretty steep sections and maybe even sketchier was some downhill sections that create a lot of slack in the line and then yank to catch up. The run down was Halfpipe Gully to Powder 8 Gully, super steep with lots of moguls.

Now for the breakdown, as far as snow quality goes, the snow that dropped was high quality however not enough of it reliably falls at the crusty butt which makes riding the hard terrain that much more challenging. Lift lines were great. It maybe slowed up a bit at the Paradise lift but we had practically no lines the entire weekend. I know its redundant but the terrain off the T-bars and through the backcountry gates at CB is second to none. Theres not incredible tree skiing all over the mountain like some other CO resorts but just the scale of how hairy some of the lines are at CB is worthy of a 5. The piste trails very good as well, especially International. Value is pretty good imo. It was about the same pricing as most of the Summit County resorts but without dealing with the lines and over crowding it makes it way more valuable to me. Seemed to be pretty child friendly. Didn’t explore too much nightlife. We did indulge in Après ski every afternoon on the mountain and devoured some incredible food at the Secret Stash. My wife and I both loved the town and restaurants. I absolutely would recommend it, especially for the advanced rider whose looking for some fun challenging lines. Definitely planning on bringing the boys trip there when we switch back to the epic pass in a couple years.

Needs a lot of snow

15/02/2020

Walter Arader

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Walter Arader

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • 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
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    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
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