The Crested Butte Mountain Resort generally opens in late November and remains open until early April. The lifts operate from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the East River Lift and High Lift closing at 3:30 pm. North Face Lift closes earlier at 3:00 pm. The summit of the resort is at 12,162 feet with a 2,775 vertical drop. There are 1,167 skiable acres and 282 acres where snow can be made.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort has sixteen lifts that include: four high speed detachable quads, two fixed grip quads, two triple chairs, three double chairs, three surface lifts and two magic carpets. The lifts are able to accommodate 20,310 skiers per hour. The trails are broken down into 23% for beginners, 57% for intermediate and 20% for advanced skiers. The longest run is approximately 2.6 miles in length. The resort experiences about 300 inches of snow a year.
Snowboarders have their own parks with the DC Canaan Terrain Park that features jumps in varying shapes and sizes as well as rails for intermediate and advanced boarders. The Keystone Rail Park has intermediate rail features, but it includes many fun areas for beginners and experts. A Kid's Park is located off the Painter Boy Lift and is a beginner park with rails, rolls, tabletops and a mini half pipe. A Superpipe is at the top of Forest Queen and features a 55 foot wide, 18 feet high and 17 degree slope.
The ticket office is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If guests purchase tickets online they can save up to 25% off lodging and lift ticket packages. Adult lift tickets ages 18-64 are $45.00 for a half day, and $59.00 for a one day from late November to mid December. They change to $63.00 for a half day and $87.00 for a full day the rest of the ski year. Children's lift tickets ages 7-12 are $23.00 for a half day and $30.00 for a full day in the early season and $32.00 half day, $44.00 full day the rest of the ski year. Thirteen to seventeen year olds are $41.00 half day, $53.00 full day and $57.00 half day and $78.00 full day. Seniors 65 and older will pay $34.00 half day, $44.00 full day and $47.00 half day and $65.00 full day.
Equipment rentals are the Sport Package for $29.00 a day for adults and $19.00 a day for juniors. The Elite ski package is $40.00 a day for adults and $35.00 a day for juniors. This package is for strong intermediate to advanced skiers. A Sport Snowboard package is $29.00 for adults and $19.00 a day for juniors. There is also an Elite package for adults only at $40.00 a day.
There are several hotels and lodges near Crested Butte Mountain resort. They are Lodge at Mountaineer Square, Elevation Hotel and Spa, The Grand Lodge Hotel and Suites, and The Plaza Condos. All of the hotels and lodges have full service restaurants. There are several places to experience nightlife near the resort and plenty of places to shop for clothing, equipment and souvenirs.
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