Crested Butte’s Spring Favorites

Soft snow and sunny days make for a blissed out spring in Crested Butte. The local calendar is loaded with spring break party vibes, live music, art and untamed competitions. While you’re reveling in those final spring farewell laps, be sure to indulge in a few of our faves:

Puppy Love

Almost too cute to handle, the newest member of Crested Butte ski patrol is a rolly polly fluffball named Slate. At just six weeks old, the silver Labrador pup began her first season of training as an avalanche dog. She’ll work hard every day to keep our mountain and our guests safe. If you see Slate out on the mountain, be sure to stop by and thank her (along with the rest of our avalanche dog pack) for her dedication.

Patio Sips

Spring brings out the best of après season—T-shirt weather, longer days, abundant sunshine and plenty of time to kick back slopeside. Treat yourself to a Butte 66 Bloody Mary on the restaurant’s sunny deck and enjoy live music, games of corn hole and prime people watching. The signature EPIC Bloody is shaken with New Amsterdam Vodka and stacked with garnishes that include crisp bacon and a chicken wing.

Sleighing It

Spring powder days can take it out of you. Reward yourself after going big on the mountain with a gourmet Sleigh Ride Dinner at Uley’s Cabin. Take in the stars and the scenery on a snowcat-led sleigh ride. Named for local moonshiner, trapper and bootlegger Uley Scheer, the tucked-away mid-mountain lodge comes equipped with all the cozy cabin amenities. A roaring fire, the friendliest hospitality, and a full bar and eclectic wine list await, along with a five-course French-influenced epicurean menu that has been known to include Colorado elk, lamb shank and salmon. This is a true personalized, only-in-Crested Butte experience. Advance reservations required.

Spring Celebrations

Crested Butte knows how to throw a party. And we have a lot to celebrate! Hit the thrift stores and up your costume game for these offbeat, wildly fun spring events:

The Al Johnson Memorial Telemark Race

March 21, 2020

Simply called “The AJ” by locals, this time honored event invites costumed telemark skiers to the top of Mt. Crested Butte for an uphill then downhill extreme terrain costume race. Join the free-heelers on the steep stuff or catch the closing ceremonies and high-energy after party back at the base.

Skitown Breakdown

March 21, 2020

Celebrate spring in the mountains at the biggest party of the year. Head to the base of the mountain for live tunes, cold drinks and good vibes. Take some sweet spring laps and then join the dance party near the Red Lady Express Lift for a free spring concert. Check back tomorrow, Friday January 17th, for an Artist announcement you won’t want to miss!


Closing Week

Commemorate the flushing out of winter and welcoming of spring with this Crested Butte custom dating back to 1969. George Sibley founded Flauschink to usher in the spring thaw and to show appreciation for our off-beat mountain community. The oldest festival in Crested Butte consists of a full week of storytelling, a coronation ball, polka music, an Elk Avenue parade and incredible spring skiing.