5 Alternate Crested Butte Winter Activities to Downhill Skiing
March 22, 2017
Hitting the slopes every chance we get is a big part of the CB winter lifestyle. But we get it, ripping through the resort isn’t for everyone. Luckily CB always has a buffet of activities to offer around every corner.
Nordic SkiingWith over 50 kilometers of groomed trails around town, there are plenty of options for all ability levels. There are even dog friendly trails so you can go out and soak in the views of paradise with your furry friend. Don’t have your own Nordic Gear or want lessons in this awesome activity? No Problem! Stop by the Crested Butte Nordic Center for all your Nordic needs.
SnowmobilingDo you prefer exploring areas using engine power versus human power? Maybe a snowmobiling tour is right up your alley. In the winter months, the roads around Crested Butte other than Highway 135, close due to weather. That is why most people turn to snowmobiles to go exploring or to get further into the backcountry. There are guided tours available as well as a few places that you can rent snowmobiles to go out exploring on your own.
Fat BikingFor those of us who love to mountain bike, fat biking is the winter alternative. It also keeps us in biking shape all year round. The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers 13 kilometers of groomed trailed that are open to fat biking and are free to use. There are additional trails offered by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. Need to rent your biking gear? Head over to the Alpineer, Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven, Crested Butte Sports, or the Handlebar Bike Shop: http://handlebarbikeshop.com/.
SnowshoeingIf you don’t like the feeling of sliding on the snow, and hiking happens to be one of your favorite summer activities, then you should give snowshoeing a try. Going on a snowshoe adventure allows you the opportunity to follow groomed trails as well as conquer some fresh areas without sinking up to your belly in the snow. The Crested Butte Nordic Center can point you to some great trails and can provide you with the rentals to get out there!
Have a Super Low Key DayShopping- Take a stroll down Elk Avenue and stop in our one of a kind shops and galleries. The items in our stores are unique and rarely found elsewhere.
Grab a bite to eat- With so many great places to eat around town, it’s a good thing you are burning more calories with all that extra physical activity so you can indulge! Although you won’t find any chain restaurants that you recognize the name of, there are plenty of food options for even the pickiest of eaters (trust me, I am one of them).
Treat yourself to a Spa day- Relax by the warm fire while your friends and family finish their day of skiing. Feeling a little low on Oxygen? We have an Oxygen Bar that will help you acclimate to the altitude. Need to soothe your sore muscles for your previous days of physical activity? Go get a massage. Or… why not do all of the above?
With so many options of activities to do in Crested Butte, this list could really go on forever. We would love to hear what some of your favorites are!