Beer and Chili Festival (September 9)
Come celebrate the end of the summer season at the base of Mt. Crested Butte for the annual Chili and Beer Festival. With locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music, this is an event you won't want to miss! The event is right outside our doors, so join us at the Elevation Hotel and Spa for an unforgettable event.
Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival (September 23)
Vinotok is a time when Crested Buttians say goodbye to the old and bring in the new (winter) through storytelling. In ancient times, fall celebrated a time of harvest and thanks, as members of the community would join together through feasting and storytelling. This event is a celebration that takes place on the autumnal equinox, which is the Pagan rite of Thanksgiving, is also known as “Harvest Home” or Mabon.
5:00 – 7:30 pm - The cast and crew of Vinotok produces a play with dancing and singing inside Elk Avenue Restaurants to invite people to the trial.
7:30 pm Trial of the Grump - The community puts the Grump on trial with harvest maiden dances.
8:30 pm Bonfire- The cast and crew lead the community and large wooden grump down Elk Avenue. The bonfire and burning of the Grump will begin at approximately 8:30 pm and put out by 10:30 pm.
Crested Butte Film Festival (Sept. 28 - Oct. 1)
The film festival is Crested Butte's premier cultural event of the fall showcasing over 100 documentaries, narratives and short films from around the world.
Opening Day Winter Season (Nov 24)
Let the winter fun begin!
Santa Ski & Crawl (Dec 9)
Join the world's largest Santa ski! It doesn’t matter if you ski, snowboard or snowblade, all Santas are welcome! The Santa Ski is open to all ages and is free to participate. All you need is a Santa suit and either a season pass or a day pass to the ski mountain.
Light Up Night (Dec 10)
Light Up Night will be merry and bright! Join us at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte for a tree-lighting ceremony, s'more stations, holiday lights, and photos with Santa. It's a perfect way to kick of the Christmas season.
Rock on Ice (Dec 16-20)
Visit Mt. Crested Butte for an ice carving festival featuring some of the world's most renowened carvers. These talented artisans will create works of art from bulky blocks of ice. You'll surely find a perfect family holiday photo opportunity admiring the fantastic ice scupture garden in the Courtyard of Mountaineer Square. With daily ice carving demonstrations, this event is truly a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season!
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade (Dec 24)
Watch Santa come down the mountain on a sleigh pulled by a snowcat and hand out candy canes to all of the wide-eyed, excited kids. Then stay to watch the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School perform their famous torchlight parade down the front side of the mountain.
New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks (Dec 31)
Ring in the new year with a torchlight parade put on by Crested Butte's finest ski and snowboard instructors. Watch as they wind their way down the mountain carrying orange flames to light up their path. Following the torchlight parade, there will be a fireworks show, best seen from the base area of the mountain.
Mountain High Music Festival (Jan 10-13)
The Mountain High Music Festival, presented by Dean Dillon, will proudly present a diverse lineup of the world's best performers along with the most buzzed about, up-and-coming talent for an eclectic mix of mile-high musical performances. Click HERE for more information.
Fat Bike World Championships (Jan 24-28)
This inaugural event will feature a Fat Bike conference focused on the growth of the industry and how communities are adapting to the largest growing segment of the cycling industry, along with three days full of spectacular Fat Bike races, rides, and fun for all ages. Click HERE for more information.
Alley Loop Nordic Marathon (Feb 3)
An American Birkebeiner qualifier, with a twist…, the Alley Loop is also Crested Butte’s largest costume party and one of the biggest nordic ski races in the state of Colorado. The Alley Loop’s unique course starts and finishes in the heart of downtown Crested Butte. In between, it meanders through snow-lined alleys, behind false-fronted stores and restaurants, over footbridges and alongside residences. The course then heads out to the immaculately groomed nordic trails around the Town of Crested Butte. Click HERE for more information.
Al Johnson Telemark Race (March)
Come join the fun in another one of Crested Butte's wacky events. This event is in tribute a rugged 19th century mailman- competitors in wacky costumes climb 660 vertical feet, then descend 1200 feet down double-black diamond steeps some having never telemarked at all! Prizes for best times, best costumes, and best fall. The race can be tag-team or individual, or enjoyed as a spectator with access to the venue by an intermediate run.
The GORE-TEX Grand Traverse (March 23)
Athletes train all year to compete in this 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested butte and Aspen, Colorado. The race starts at midnight, and the typical finishing time is between 8-16 hours. Click HERE for more information.
Easter at Elevation (April 1)
Join us at Elevation Resort & Spa this Easter Sunday for delicious food and memorable fun for the whole family! Hop on into our on-site restaurant, 9380 Prime, for our Easter Brunch Buffet. Beginning at 10 a.m., indulge in a chef-attended omelet bar, a ham carving station, eggs Benedict, and French toast with fresh fruit. Make your reservation now for $30 per person, 970-251-3030.
After stuffing your belly, make sure to have your little ones participate in our 1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at noon! There will be hundreds of eggs hidden throughout the hotel lobby, along with a special appearance by the Elevation Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to the community.
Pond Skim (April 2)
Crested Butte celebrates the end of ski-season the only way it knows how- with costumes and crazy events. The Pond Skim Slush Huck event challenges contestants to dress up in their wackiest costume and skim across water on their skis and snowboards. This event is sure to make you laugh!
Closing Day (April 3)
Enjoy a ride up the lifts one last time before the ski season officially ends.