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Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing in Crested Butte

You can cross-country or snowshoe right from your door at the Pioneer. We are also only 1/2 mile from the Walrod winter trailhead and 1 1/2 miles from the Cement Creek winter trailhead. There is something really special about being able to walk out of your cabin, throw on your snowshoes or skis and explore a snow covered valley amongst towering douglas firs. There are nice trails for the first timers who want to explore with their family on the valley floor. For the adventurous and those experienced with avalanche safety, you may want to try to climb Cement Mountain and find the old Pioneer Ski Hut.

The Pioneer now rents Atlas 12 series snowshoes right here. $10/day per person for rentals.  

There are also many different winter trailheads just a short drive from the Pioneer that are great for skiing or snowshoeing. Our favorites are the Slate River Valley, Brush Creek, Washington Gulch and Gothic. We also recommend a trip down to the Mill Creek Valley by Gunnison which is a special treat and well-worth drive on a sunny day.

For those who like the groomed skiing experience there is the Crested Butte Nordic Center that offers over 65 kilometers of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Only 15 miutes away, the trails are incredible and have wonderful views. New this season guests of the Pioneer will recieve 15% off all day passes and XC ski rentals! The Nordic Center offers moonlight yurt dinners where you ski out to a yurt where a gourmet dinner is prepared for you. It is truly one of the more memorable experiences you can have in Crested Butte.

Yurt Dinner Dates

The Pioneer also has a waxing room with a waxing bench, Swix iron, scrapers, brushes and ipod hookup. Everything you need to get you waxed up for the next day's ski tour or race.


Crested Butte Nordic Center
Nordic Ski Rentals
Events and Races


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2094 Cement Creek Rd. - Crested Butte CO 81224
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