With stunning natural beauty, adventure galore and some of the best mountain biking and hiking in the state, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is truly paradise found.
How to Raise a Mountain Kid
Hoping to raise a mountain loving kiddo? CBMR has programming designed to introduce the littlest adventurers to the greatness of the outdoors, including Raising a Mountain Adventurer, Raising a Biker and Raising a Hiker.
Mountain Adventures Summer Programs
Gear up for a summer of a lifetime with Mountain Adventures, our state licensed child-care program. The camp is also permitted with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service in the Gunnison National Forest. This summer day recreation program is for boys and girls ages 7 to 14, and is based in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado. Explore the mountains throughout the Gunnison Valley: raft rivers, paddleboard lakes, climb crags, hike trails and take in the scenery by foot, bike, or paddleboard with a fly-rod in hand, or while high on a cliff!
Junior Crested Butte Bike Week
In conjunction with Crested Butte Bike Week, the Crested Butte Development Team hosts the third annual Junior Crested Butte Bike Week June 22-24, 2108. Events include the Strider Cup, skills clinics, a junior mountain bike race and even bike movies. The events are open to kids of all skill levels — from those riding a mountain bike for the first time to or an experienced rider looking to hone their skills. More at www.crestedbuttedevo.com.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Sorry, gentlemen…ladies-only for these Crested Butte adventures:
CBMR Girls-Only Mountain Adventures Mountain Biking Sessions
CBMR’s Mountain Adventures Program offers a series of girls-only mountain biking programs throughout the summer. Inspired by an experimental one-day girls-only mountain bike clinic back in 2011, Mountain Adventures returns with a whole series of mountain bike programming for girls ages 7-14 this summer. The goal: create a setting where girls can learn, ride and thrive in clinics tailored just for them. Mountain Adventures immerses kids in, well, iconic mountain adventures. From water sports, to climbing, to archery, mountain biking and everything in between, Mountain Adventures introduces kids ages 7-14 to the greatness of the outdoors. Girls should be able to ride a bike, but all levels are welcome.
Backcountry Bike Academy wants you to ride with your friends, not chase them. Shred-Prep camps are four weeks of progressive instruction, meeting one time per week for four weeks. Refine the skills you have and some learn new ones. The group will ride in Crested Butte if weather and trails permit, and in Gunnison if they don’t. Ladies Camps are offered: Tuesdays in April (April 3, 10, 17 and 24) in Gunnison; Wednesdays in May (May 16, 23 and 30) in Crested Butte (Gunnison back-up); Tuesdays in June (June 5, 12, 19 and 26) in Crested Butte. All levels welcome at each session. Cost is $160 for all four weeks. https://www.backcountrybikeacademy.com/programs
What’s a bike-cation? It’s a multi-day skills clinic wrapped into the experience of a lifetime with epic, guided backcountry riding. These trips are specifically designed for women who love to ride and want to improve their skills and confidence, and be pushed in a supportive and fun environment. Each day includes skills sessions wrapped into shredding Colorado’s best singletrack. Daily gourmet lunch, snacks, happy hours, shuttles (when needed), and Colorado’s best guides/instructors included. Ladies should be able to ride for three days in a row, but may choose to opt out at any time. Daily rides may vary from in length from 8 to 20 miles. Suited to advanced beginner riders and above. https://www.coloradobc.com/bike
Chasing Epic Women’s Only Guided Mountain Bike Trip
Chasing Epic is a new breed of adventure travel company providing all-inclusive, guided mountain biking across the Rocky Mountains and Desert Southwest- specifically catered towards experienced mountain bikers, they push their riders to the limits throughout the course of the 4-day trips. For 2018, there will be three separate dates for Chasing Epic trips in Crested Butte, including one women-only trip Aug. 9-12. Trips include: three nights of lodging; three meals daily; high-end demo bikes from Ibis and Spot; professional mountain bike guides; ride nutrition; and a dedicated trip leader.
Beginner-Friendly Mountain Biking
When it comes to learning a new sport — specifically mountain biking — it’s best to follow the beaten path while you get your wheels under you. Learning proper etiquette and technique on clearly marked, well maintained trails gives you the perfect foundation required before you venture out to explore the backcountry.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) Evolution Bike Park boasts 29 on-mountain trails covering 30 miles that serve as the epicenter — and a great warm-up — for Gunnison County’s 750 miles of backcountry singletrack. CBMR’s clearly marked, well-maintained trails are the perfect spot to pick up all the skills you’ll need to branch out to safely explore the surrounding area. There are even experienced bike guides available if you’re hoping to take your riding to the next level this season.
No matter your skill level, you’ll certainly find thrills sure to get your heart pumping, whether you’re a first-timer nailing the beginner friendly trail Hotdogger or just getting comfortable on the varied terrain over at the pump track in the base area. Once that becomes old hat, head for the second Skills Zone, located at the top of Red Lady Lift, which features bigger berms and rollers where riders can challenge themselves as their skills evolve. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to ride Captain Jack, a notoriously steep and super-technical trail.
At Evolution Bike Park, there are plenty of trails for the gravity junkie as well, including four advanced up/downhill trails and six advanced and two expert-rated downhill-designated trails. And once you’re ready to break out into the backcountry, that’s easy as well — some of the lift-accessed cross country trails link up with nearby world class trails; connect to the Snodgrass Trail via Lower Meander or take the aptly named Happy Hour trail, which connects you with the town of Crested Butte via the Upper Loop trail. That’s all to say its super easy to get your wheels under you at CBMR before you branch out and explore some of the legendary rides in and around Crested Butte, widely considered one of the birthplaces of mountain biking.
The park debuted in 2009 and is a three-time Top Five winner in the MTBparks.com Riders' Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Rocky Mountain Region.
OPEN: Daily June 9-Sept. 3, 2018.
After an incredibly successful inaugural year in Crested Butte, Outerbike returns to one of the birthplaces of mountain biking from Aug. 17-19, 2018. Crested Butte has always been high on the bucket list for mountain bike enthusiasts, and now the Evolution Bike Park offers something for everyone. Hop on the lift to test the latest and greatest bikes on the diverse trail network at the Evolution Bike Park, or ride right from the base area. Bring along friends and family and soak up the impressive mountain views, then relax with a tasty beverage at the end of the day. Attendance is capped, so register early to get your spot. With three different passes to choose from, there is something for everyone at Outerbike. Full Demo, BYOB or Social cards offer various levels of access to fit your needs.