Trip Planning

Welcome to Crested Butte!

Where to Stay

Where to Eat

What To Do

One of the benefits of visiting Crested Butte Nordic is that you can choose your accommodations to fit your needs. Our Lodging Partners offer a variety of wonderful rooms and rentals at a wide-range of price points.

The Old Town Inn offers a convenient, affordable stay a short walk from the Nordic Center. They welcome families and have dog-friendly rooms.

Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management is your go-to place for renting a condo so you can stay with the whole family.

The Elevation Hotel & Spa offers luxury accommodations at the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

The Pioneer Guest Cabins is a great way to get away from it all, with quaint, comfortable cabins tucked into the woods about 8 miles south of the town of Crested Butte.

The Elk Mountain Lodge is a true bed and breakfast experience, and is located right in the heart of downtown Crested Butte. It is a great romantic getaway and just steps from the Alley Loop start and finish.

The Cristiana Guesthaus is a European style bed and breakfast with simple rooms, a hearty breakfast, and a welcoming family atmosphere.

Crested Butte has a variety of dining establishments, everything ranging from fine French cuisine to street tacos. Two of our favorites are the Brick Oven Pizzeria and The Last Steep. Both establishments have something for everyone and are great for families.

The Brick Oven is known for its pizza (duh) and its extensive craft beer selection. This is the go-to place for apres-ski beers.

Montanya Distillers is a rum distillery, but don’t let that deter you. Most people who say they don’t like rum end up loving Montanya’s signature cocktails. They also make a delicious mocktail to help re-hydrate you after you ski, and don’t miss the food on their seasonal menu. Sweet potato fries loaded with bulgogi beef and spices? Tater tot nachos? Yes, please.

The Last Steep has a wide-range of dishes, everything from great burgers to great vegetarian bowls. This is the go-to place to watch the game.

Be sure to tell them the folks over at CB Nordic sent you!

Crested Butte is an outdoor recreation paradise. There is the downhill skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, of course, but there is so much more to do in winter, as well.

Crested Butte Nordic rents snowshoes and cross-country skis so you can get out on your own, but we also lead guided snowshoe and ski tours. We can show you our trail system, or take you off the beaten path on a backcountry tour. Tours are private and tailored to your ability and goals.

Want to see the trails from a different vantage point? Rent a fat bike from The Alpineer and try fat biking up the Rec Path or out to Skyland. Fat bikes are great because you can ride straight from wherever your staying; they do well on the roads and the groomed trails.

The Magic Meadows Yurt is perched on the nordic trails in the heart of the Magic Meadows. Ski or snowshoe there for a picnic on the deck, and then play in the snow for awhile before returning to the trailhead.

Looking for a day off the snow? Enjoy a slow amble up Elk Avenue. Start at the 4-way stop, perusing the outdoor gear and clothes at The Alpineer. On the 400 block, be sure to stop into The Little Sparrow, where they have kids toys and clothes downstairs and women’s consignment upstairs. This is the go-to place if your child forgot her mittens your want to rent a sled. Stop for lunch at the Brick Oven, then go a few doors down to check out the clothing at The Mountain Store.


Recommended Itineraries

  • Family Friendly

    Day 1:

    When you arrive in Crested Butte, check in at the Old Town Inn before walking downtown for dinner at The Brick Oven. Enjoy some ice cream from Third Bowl for dessert! Get a good night’s rest. You’ve got a big day tomorrow!

    Day 2:

    Enjoy the in-house breakfast at The Old Town Inn before heading to the Nordic Center. Pick up sandwiches from Frank’s Deli on your way for a brown bag lunch. At the Nordic Center, you’ll meet an instructor for your family’s cross-country ski lesson.

    After the lesson, bring your family over to the Gronk trailhead on Peanut Lake Road. If you have a car, it’s easiest to drive so you can spend your energy on skiing! From there, you can ski out to the Magic Meadows Yurt. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the deck and some well-earned time playing in the snow. If you’ve still got energy, head past the yurt and explore Mike’s Mile trail. If you’re feeling pretty tired, head on back to the trailhead.

    After you return your gear to the Nordic Center, get settled at the Old Town Inn for some downtime, perhaps enjoying a soak in their hot tub. When you’re ready for dinner, head up to The Last Steep for a hearty meal.

    Day 3:

    Now that you’ve seen downtown and the nordic trails, it’s time to check out some of the offerings further afield via a backcountry snowshoe tour. Meet your guide at the Nordic Center, and they’ll shuttle you out to a remote area. Don’t worry, the guide will work with you to pick a destination and route that suits your fitness level and goals. The tour will wrap up midday, so you have time for lunch on Elk Avenue. We recommend Pitas in Paradise for family-friendly gyros, soups, and salads. Be sure to swing by The Little Sparrow to rent a sled for an afternoon of sledding with the kids. Dinner choices abound, but Ryce is a local’s favorite for your last meal in town.

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