It is a well-known fact that Crested Butte, Colorado, is a gold mine for those who love shredding some powder on our top-notch slopes. Though most people think of it as the last great Colorado ski town, there are plenty of winter activities in Crested Butte for non-skiers, too! We’ve compiled five of our favorites below.
After creating an itinerary of activities to do in Crested Butte for non-skiers, be sure to also plan where you’ll eat, shop, and stay! For local insight on the town’s best-kept secrets, Download our free Crested Butte Vacation Guide! It’s your best resource for planning an unforgettable winter adventure.
5 of the Best Winter Activities in Crested Butte for Non-Skiers
If you like hiking in the summer, you’ll love snowshoeing in Crested Butte come winter. For those new to the activity: Snowshoes provide larger surface area for your feet as you walk through deep snow to prevent sinking or falling. Otherwise, it’s just like hiking! There are numerous different trails to traverse near town, each with its own breathtaking view of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. The trails here range in difficulty, so you’ll find a course suitable for every age and skill level. If you’d prefer to explore with a professional guide, there are plenty of snowshoeing guides in Crested Butte, too! Try Crested Butte Mountain Guides or the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Watching or Playing Hockey
Crested Butte is the home of the West Elk Wolverines, a hockey organization that contains both adult and youth leagues. Take a look at their season schedule online so you can attend one of their upcoming games during your visit! If you want to see even more of the Crested Butte hockey scene, there are high school games to attend as well.
Why not learn to play this amazing sport for yourself? Skating lessons are offered at most Crested Butte ice rinks throughout the year. Once you’ve gotten comfortable on the ice, test out your newly acquired skills at the Big Mine Ice Arena or Crested Butte South rink!
If you’re looking for an exhilarating, fast-paced sport, you need to try Crested Butte snowmobiling! This is a great way to experience an exciting the splendor of Crested Butte’s winter landscape without exhausting your body in the process. Each of the numerous area snowmobile trails offers great powder and incredible views of lush evergreen forests. The Kebler Pass, Cement Creek, Ohio Pass, and Slate River trails are all local favorites!
Thought you could only go dog-sledding in Alaska or the Arctic tundra? Think again! In fact, Crested Butte dog-sledding is a surprisingly popular winter pastime. This heart-racing experience involves traveling swiftly over Colorado terrain on a sled pulled by a team of strong, enthusiastic, and adorable dogs. There are two fantastic companies for dog sledding in Crested Butte: Cosmic Cruisers and the Lucky Cat Dog Farm. If you’re ready for an adventure you can brag to your friends about, make sure you book one of these rides!
What do you get when you cross snow with mountain biking? Fat biking, of course! Take in the area’s natural beauty as you speed down winding paths. Fat bikes have tires up to 5 inches thick; these extra-wide tires make riding on snow a little easier and a lot more fun! One exciting way to get your fat biking fix during a winter stay is to attend the Fat Bike World Championships! This spectacular 4-day event features fat bike racing, delicious food, local brews, prizes, giveaways, and much more! You can even test out the year’s hottest fat bike models on “Demo Day.”
Stay in Your Own Private Vacation Rental in Crested Butte
If you’ve always dreamed of staying in a winter wonderland, book an Alpine Getaways rental home! During the colder months, our private rentals in Crested Butte are positioned perfectly for lovers of winter sports. During warmer months, guests can view panoramic displays of wildflowers, towering mountain peaks, and lush valleys from every property. Crested Butte is beautiful year-round, but there’s nothing quite like smiling ear-to-ear as a team of fluffy dogs pulls you through the snow or feeling truly alive as you snowshoe with loved ones.
Does warming up in a cozy cabin after a successful day playing in the snow sound awesome to you? It does to us! All of our properties feature spacious living areas, fully stocked kitchens, and concierge services. Choose to stay in the Town of Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte South, or Rural Crested Butte. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be just around the corner from an amazing outdoor experience.
Crested Butte is one of the best winter destinations for non-skiers. If you’re ready to come explore, check our availability now and start planning your next winter escape! We look forward to hosting you.