Imagine being surrounded by freshly fallen snow – 360 degrees of pure white. Giant snowflakes softly landing on your wool mittens as the ice cold air tickles your nose. A smile spreads across your face as you wave to the hoard of costumed cross-country skiers participating in the annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon. Looking around, you feel like a little child happily living inside a glass snow globe. This feeling is authentic for those who live in Crested Butte. This can be the feeling you experience your first winter living here too.

The Town of Crested Butte (pronounced: būte) was incorporated July 3, 1880 with a population of 400. The town was originally home to the Ute Indians. Miners infiltrated the area in the 1860s and then the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad made its way into town in 1881.

Sitting at an elevation of 8,885 feet, Crested Butte is now home to approximately 1,600 residents. The railroad tracks have long since been removed, and in 2016 Crested Butte voters approved a ballot measure which permanently prevents any mining on nearby Mt. Emmons.

Winter sports enthusiasts flock to Crested Butte to engage in a number of chilly activities – but don’t think that there’s nothing to do in the summer – Crested Butte is also known as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Whatever your favorite season may be, Crested Butte has an activity for you.

Winter Activities

  • Crested Butte Day Excursions
  • Crested Butte Nordic Magic Meadows Yurt Dinner Experience
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fat Biking
  • Free Guided Mountain Ski Tours
  • Kids’ Night Out
  • Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Snow Biking
  • Snowmobile Tours
  • Uphill Skiing
  • Winter Adventure Park
  • Winter Zipline ToursWinter Horse Trail Rides

Winter Events

The tip of the iceberg, really….Crested Butte has SO many events it’s almost not possible to list them all!

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks (Butte 66 | December 31, 2018 | 5:30p-6p) – Watch Crested Butte’s finest ski and snowboard instructors make their way down the mountain during the torchlight parade. The fireworks shoot off as soon as the first instructors make their way into the base area.

Mountain High Music Festival (Elevation Resort & Spa | January 16-19, 2019 | all day) – A music festival highlighting a diverse lineup of performers including Keifer Sutherland, Jamey Johnson, Pam Tillis, Sundance Head, and more! This event will also raise money and awareness for Tough Enough to Wear Pink and the Adaptive Sports Center.

4th Annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships (Various Locations | January 23-27, 2019 | all day) – This race consists of bicycles that have huge, fat tires so they can be ridden in the snow. This is a weekend any bike enthusiast will not want to miss!

33rd Annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon (Various Locations | February 2, 2019 | all day) – Not your typical nordic race. Expect fun, obstacles, and a lifetime of memories in this race. If you’d rather watch, feel free to join one of the many cheering sections throughout the event!

Gothic Mountain Tour (Gothic Mountain | February 23, 2019 | all day) – A backcountry ski race around Gothic Mountain for over 22 miles with 5,000 feet of elevation gain/loss.

Summer Activities

  • Backcountry Adventure Tours
  • Bike Guides
  • Bike Rentals
  • Crested Butte Day Excursions
  • Disc Golf
  • Evolution Bike Park
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lift Accessed 3D Archery Course
  • Live! From Mt. Crested Butte Summer Concert Series
  • Rafting
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Summer Adventure Park
  • Summer Camps
  • Summer Chairlift Rides
  • Summer Zipline Tours
  • Tin Cup Mining
  • Twilight Rides
  • Wildflower Spotting

Summer Events

Again, way too many to list, but these are some pretty epic events!

Crested Butte Bike Week (Various Locations | June 27-30, 2019 | all day) – Touted as the world’s oldest bike festival, this event encompasses all types of biking. This week is jam-packed with events for any age and skill-level!

Independence Day (Various Locations | July 4, 2019 | all day) – Crested Butte takes this All-American holiday seriously – fun! From a pancake breakfast to fireworks and everything in between, this day is full of patriotic awesomeness!

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival (Various Locations | July 5-14, 2019 | various hours) – This is probably one of the most scenic and aromatic events around. The festival includes hikes/walks, art workshops, photography classes, garden tours, and more.

47th Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival (Elk Avenue | August 2-4, 2019 | various hours) – There’s free admission to this artistic event that takes over all of historic downtown Crested Butte. All forms of art are recognized at this event which caters to everyone, including kids.

As a REALTOR®, I will give you fair warning that no matter what season you visit, you’ll find yourself wanting to live inside this gorgeous snow globe of a town. You may say you’re coming to visit – but deep down – the history and divine beauty of this culturally quaint town will have you coming back for more, and more, and you’ll eventually need to stake your claim and just move here. I can’t wait to work with you when you make that decision.

Kim Rose | Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties | Crested Butte, Colorado | 970-209-2888 | kimberly.rose@coldwellbanker.com