January is a great month to visit Crested Butte. The holiday rush has come and gone, the pace has slowed, the days are starting to get longer, snow keeps coming, and the Elk Mountain Lodge continues to be a warm welcoming home to visitors needing a break from the Crested Butte winter air.
While you’re here, there’s a lot to see and do. Besides downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating, here are a few events in Crested Butte you should consider to round out your January trip:
- Live Music at Butte 66 – Located at the base of the ski area, Butte 66 of Crested Butte Mountain Resort is proud to feature various musicians every Thursday from 8 pm until 10:30 pm. Apre-ski events are from 3:30 to 5:30 pm and inlcude: Justin Howard (Jan. 8), Bill Dowell (Jan. 9 & 23), and Chuck Grossman (Jan. 16).
- Mountain High Music Festival (Jan. 13 to 17) – This annual event hosts numerous musicians and is a fundraiser for local charities. Musicians featured in this year’s Mountain High Music Festival include: Dean Dillon, the Marshall Tucker Band, Lizzy and Craig, Mark Powell, Wendell Mobley, Heather Morgan, Julia Cole, Kendell Marvel, Randy Montana, Texas Jam Band, and Lee Thomas Miller.
- gO SkiMo Series (January 13 , 20 , 27 & February 3) – Griggs Orthopedics is sponsoring this free Ski Mountaineering race series, featuring a different course every week. Races begin at 5:15 pm at the base are of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and registration is from 4 pm until 5 pm before the race.
- Fat Bike Worlds (Jan. 27 – 31) – Undoubtedly, Fat Biking has been growing exponentially over the last few years. Crested Butte is proud to be the host of the first ever Fat Bike Worlds. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at Fat Biking, this event has something for you! Come check out the first Fat Bike Worlds!
- Blue Mesa Black Ice Trail Skate Marathon (Jan. 31) – Hosted on natural ice, this event takes ice skating out of the rink and back to its origins. The venue will host several events on the Blue Mesa Reservior near Gunnison, running as long as 42km. Rumor has it that speed skaters from as far away as Europe will be travelling to the Gunnison area to compete in the race. Come check out the first ever Blue Mesa Black Ice Trail Skate Marathon!