Crested Butte Area of the Rocky Mountains
We are happy to accommodate you by creating a tour with your choice of activities when it is convenient
for you. Our goal is to provide our guests with ideal backcountry
experiences. A custom tour allows you to experience the backcountry
at your own pace and on your own schedule and with your favorite
ski partner, family, or friends. Let us help you create a ski trip
of a lifetime! Contact us!
OVERNIGHT BACKCOUNTRY HUT TOURS
On these tours you will have two days of skiing or riding and a
night in a cozy backcountry hut. You will meet your guide the night
before to go through gear, then get a good nights sleep and head
out the next morning. You will then travel to the trailhead and
get an overview of the trip’s schedule. Skin up, load up,
layer up, and head out to the hut.
It is a mellow 3-mile skin up the East River Valley that will bring
you through thick aspen groves, and allow you a breathtaking view
of the East River snaking through the valley below. Majestic alpine
peaks, and sheer granite walls will surround you from all sides.
Throughout the tour to the hut your guide will orient you to tricks
of the trade for efficient travel techniques, allow breaks for food,
water, and endless pictures, and be a general ambassador to the
beauty of the Elk Mountains surrounding you.
at the hut, drop your packs, and pick your beds. Unload your gear,
enjoy a warm drink and meal, and take a quick load off. From here,
head out with your guide for the remainder of the afternoon into
the surrounding powder fields, and finish your day with fresh smiles
on your face, and fresh tracks on the ground. As the sun lowers
below the horizon, follow your guide back to the hut, and prepare
to put your feet up and cozy up to the wood stove. As the daylight
wanes, your guide will prepare hot drinks, and a hot home-cooked
meal for you and your hut-mates. Spend the rest of the evening however
you choose; lounging by the stove, reading a book, hanging out under
the moonlight, or trading stories with your friends and guide.
On Day 2, wake up early and fuel yourself up for
the day with hot drinks and food. Head out with your guide for the
morning in search of deep snow and fresh lines. Explore untracked
glades, or attempt long couloirs and possibly a peak descent. Be
back at the hut by early afternoon, in time to enjoy a hearty lunch
and pack your things for the skin out. Spend the afternoon heading
back out to the trailhead, looking over your shoulder at your turns
decorating the beautiful valley behind you, and feeling the smile
across your face.
3-DAY HUT TOURS
These tours offer you two days of backcountry skiing or riding,
and two nights tucked away beneath the stars in one of the areas
remote backcountry huts. These tours are similar to our overnight
hut trips, however, one whole day is spent in the vicinity of your
hut, exploring the farther away and remote powder stashes that participants
on our overnight hut trips don't have time to get to.
Day One is spent similar to all of our hut trips.
You will meet your guide in the morning, go through a quick gear
check, get acquainted with your backcountry systems, and head off
for the trailhead. From the trailhead it is a mellow 3-mile skin
up the East River Valley that will bring you through thick aspen
groves, and allow you a breathtaking view of the East River snaking
through the valley below. Majestic alpine peaks, and sheer granite
walls will surround you from all sides.
Your hut is the cozy and quaint Forest Queen, located in the old
deserted town site of Gothic, CO (home of the world famous Rocky
Mountain Biological Laboratory). Once at the hut you will enjoy
one full day and two half days of unequaled backcountry skiing or
riding. Your days are spent, in the company of your guide, searching
out the freshest powder and best skiing conditions the area has
to offer. Choose from deep powder in sheltered glades, or venture
higher up above tree line and pick your line down one of the areas
many wide open bowls and powder fields. Or go for broke, and attempt
to summit and ski/board back down one of the areas surrounding 12,000'+
between powder sessions, enjoy the comfort of your hut and the fresh
home cooked food and drink your guide will provide for you. If you’re
looking for a multi-day, multi-night backcountry hut trip, then
this is the trip for you!!
The BOC has gear for sale for your trip. Please see our Backcountry
Gear List for a more complete list. The huts have blankets, so we recommend a lightweight sleeping bag for your trip.
X-C HUT TOURS
Do you want to enjoy one of our hut trips, but don't downhill ski??
This trip is designed especially for folks whom primarily nordic
or cross-country ski. Strap on your skinny skis and come and enjoy
all of the experiences of a backcountry hut trip with us.
This tour is an overnight affair, designed just like our downhill
style overnight tour. Except instead of searching fresh powder stashes
out for downhill turns, enjoy the beauty and serenity of touring
in the remote and majestic East River Valley. A gentle and beautiful
three mile tour takes from the trailhead out to the secluded Forest
Queen hut. Nestled in the old town site of Gothic, CO (summer home
of the world famous Rocky Mountain Biological Lab), the Forest Queen
is dwarfed by the immense granite walls of Gothic Mountain towering
above, and to the east by the western boundary of the Maroon-Bells--Snowmass
After your initial tour through the breathtaking aspen groves and
beautiful vistas of the valley below, enjoy a night nestled in this
small but cozy cabin. Get comfortable by the wood stove, and enjoy
hot drinks and a fresh dinner and breakfast prepared for you by
your guide. Spend the evening trading stories by the crackle of
the wood stove, curled up with a good book, or outside stargazing
at the immense winter night sky above. Awake the next morning to
freshly brewed tea or coffee, and let your guide take you out on
a tour that will be unforgettable.
This surreal valley is perfect for a combination of an overnight
hut trip and cross-country skiing. The entire corridor is off-limits
to any mechanized travel (snowmobiles!!), so you will only have
to share your peace and tranquility with the abundant wildlife.
Crested Butte to Aspen
Cost of Flight ($90 - $150)
The classic multi-day tour in the Crested Butte area is over to
Aspen via Pearl Pass. This 5-day tour takes you through rugged and
dramatic terrain, with lodging in a system of cozy huts. This tour
requires a good level of fitness and skill, but you have the comforts
of a warm hut to look forward to each night. This trip uses mutliple
huts. When arriving in Aspen, a small private plane will fly the
group back to Crested Butte.
|4 or more
|Backcountry Ski Trips
||All prices are Per Person
|2 Day Backcountry Ski Hut Trip
|3 Day Backcountry Ski Hut Trip
|5 Day Crested Butte to Aspen Hut Tour
|X-C Skiing or Snowshoeing
|2 Day Snowshoe or XC Ski Hut Trip
|3 Day Snowshoe or XC Ski Hut Trip
All hut trips are run as a private group trip. Prices are per person, based on the number of people going on the trip.
* The 5 Day Crested Butte to Aspen price does not include the airfare
back to the starting point.
If you have not snowshoed before, we recommend that you take our snowshoe class before taking a multi-day hut trip on snowshoes.
To see dates for any of these trips, choose a trip
from the option box and press the submit button above. Once you are
registered, you will get a confirmation email from Crested Butte Mountain Guides
for your trip.
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Meeting Place and Time
There are many ways to travel to Crested Butte.
Driving: (From Denver area) Take 285 S to Fairplay, the right on
US-50 to Gunnison, then right on 135N in to Crested Butte.
Flying: The nearest airport is in Gunnison, from there Alpine Express
can shuttle into Crested Butte 970-641-5074.
Please see our directions and driving times in the upper right hand corner of this page. You can enter a starting location and our website will load a Google Printable Map for you and estimate your drive time.
United Airlines 800-241-6522
Northwest Airlines 800-225-2525
America West Express 800-225-9292
Check with your travel agent for airlines serving Gunnison.
All Overnight trips have a 20% non-refundable booking fee.
If you cancel within 7 days to 48 hours prior to trip leaving you will be charged 50% of your trip cost
Within 48 hours of your trip departure or if you do not show, you will be charged 100% of your trip cost