Getting there can be the most expensive part of your Crested Butte ski vacation. The historic mining town sits at the end of a long valley flanked by huge mountains making it difficult for large commercial jets don’t fly into nearby Gunnison County Airport. Generally, flights into Crested Butte are on the spendy side, but deals are available.
Once you’re there you can easily do Crested Butte on the cheap. Low-key restaurants dominate the dining scene, affordable condos and hotels are plenty, and you aren’t paying exorbitant lift ticket prices. Crested Butte provides significant lift ticket savings, nearly half, if you purchase early. Plus, Crested Butte is a hardcore skier’s haven so you’re sure to find après, and after hours drink specials at nearly every establishment.
Budget-conscious skiers rejoice! Crested Butte offers several choice affordable lodging options
Few Crested Butte restaurants have entrees over $30; penny-pinchers have a ton of dining options on a Crested Butte budget ski vacation. What would seem like a pricey dinner, at, say, in-town Italian hotspot Bacchanale, is quite affordable. The most expensive item on their menu is $25, while most dinner entrees are actually in the $12 range. For quality dining at a fair price at Mt. Crested Butte base area, 9850 Prime is sure to please, as there’s nothing on the menu over $20. 9850 Prime is also a hopping après-ski spot, thanks to its affordable drinks and appetizer prices and seven flat screen televisions.