(Last Updated On: January 24, 2017)
This is year three of this Crested Butte Lift Ticket Deals post, something I continue to write about because we receive so many inquiries. The information in this post applies to the 2016-17 ski season. To see prior years, visit the 2014-15 Crested Butte Lift Ticket Deals post I wrote two years ago.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a great ski destination. We are well-known for our steep terrain – terrain unlike any other resort in Colorado and among the best in North America. But, we also have great groomed runs. The current owners have brought in special grooming techniques gained from the east coast. Take a run down International and you’ll feel like you belong with Lindsey Vonn in a World Cup downhill race. Furthermore, with few or no crowds except during a few select holiday weekends and Christmas, you’ll get a better bang for your buck skiing here in Crested Butte because you’ll spend less time in lift lines.
A regular adult lift ticket at Crested Butte Mountain Resort this year is $111, but it goes up by $4 during Christmas week (12/17/16 – 1/02/17) and Spring Break (3/11 – 3/24/17). This is high and not affordable for most people. Thankfully, there are many ways to get around this high price for skiing. Here’s a few deals that will help you fund your fun, and stretch your wallet a little more.
1) Costco Lift Tickets
Front Range Costco stores are selling vouchers for two day tickets for Crested Butte for $99.99, the same price as last year. This is less than half price for one ticket! The one catch is that this voucher is good for only one ticket that is good for two out of three days. So, splitting this with a friend is not an option. Black-out dates include Christmas week, Feb. 18-19, Mar. 6-8, and Mar. 13-16. I recommend calling the Front Range Costco of your choice to ensure that they have these vouchers before going there to buy them.
2) Two-for-One Voucher with Shell Gas
Participating Shell Gas stations have these vouchers available if you purchase 10-gallons or more of gas. You must go inside the Shell gas station to obtain a voucher. However, this deal does not begin until January 4th! More details, including a list of participating Shell Gas stations, can be found on the Ski Free website. This voucher is for two tickets that must be used on the same day, making it ideal if you travel with a friend. Black-out dates apply.
Liftopia is always a great resource for discount lift tickets. You never know what you’ll find. But, the deals tend to be better when you book early. Check it out:
4) Multi-day lift tickets at SkiCB.com
If you plan on skiing Crested Butte for more than one day and the previous deals don’t work, purchase multi-day tickets through CBMR’s website. This will get you a few dollars off of your ticket!
5) Child or Senior Discounts
Sometimes the child or senior discounts offered can be better than what you can find through Liftopia and other deals. Children 6 and under ski free! You’ll also find good discounts for children 7-17, and slight discounts for youth 13-17. Senior discounts apply to those 65 or older. Check CBMR’s website for these discounts!
6) Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
The GCBTA often has various Crested Butte lift ticket deals posted on their site. These are especially good for those also looking for lodging and/or flight options on top of lift tickets. A couple of deals they are currently offering include:
- Gunnison Getaway – Book your lodging in Gunnison and get huge discounts on both lodging and lift tickets. Offers range from $69 to $119 per person (less for children), depending on dates, length of stay, and accommodation choice.
- Free lift tickets with certain flights – Ski free at Crested Butte Mountain Resort the day flight out of Gunnison- Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) with your Alaska Airlines Boarding Pass. Also, you if you fly non-stop from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), or Houston (IAH) and book your plane tickets through Gunnison-Crested Butte Reservations, you can also get a free lift ticket.
But, the deals are changing all the time, so be sure check out Gunnison-Crested Butte Deals page for updates.
6) Does your resort’s season pass offer a deal?
Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus and Loveland Season Pass holders get 3 free days at Crested Butte, as do resorts that belong to the Powder Alliance (these currently include include Angel Fire, NM, Arizona Snowbowl, AZ, Bridger Bowl, MT, China Peak, CA, Kiroro, Japan, Mountain High, CA, Mt Hood Ski Bowl, OR, Schweitzer, ID, Sierra at Tahoe, CA, Silverstar, BC Canada, Snowbasin, UT, Stevens Pass, WA, Timberline, OR, and Whitewater Ski Resort, Nelson, BC). Max Pass holders, which is a stand-alone pass ($749) OR an add-on option ($399) for many resorts like Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Winter Park, Mount Bachelor, and Big Sky, can ski Crested Butte for up to 5 days free. But, this add-on must be purchased before 1/30/2017. Okemo Mountain Ultra Pass holders get to ski every day of the season for free at Crested Butte. There may be other ski resorts that offer Crested Butte discounts or free days to their season’s pass holders, so double check and make sure you’re not missing a deal!
Now on to you – You found this post because you’re looking for deals. If you found something else that is not included in this post, please exercise good karma and pass on the info by e-mailing me, or commenting below!