Backcountry Tours

Get More Out of the Backcountry

Explore the spectacular terrain around Crested Butte with the security of an experienced guide. Backcountry tours are offered on cross-country (classic) skis or snowshoes. Whether you’re new to CB, new to snowshoeing or cross country skiing, or new to winter entirely, a guided tour is a terrific way to enjoy a half or full day winter adventure.  All tours are led by our safe, friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced guides. Tours safely explore the backcountry that surrounds Crested Butte: the valleys of the Slate River, Washington Gulch, Brush Creek, and the historic mining town of Gothic, as well as other pristine destinations.

Reserving Your Tour

Tours are offered 7 days a week and must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance online or by phone (970/349-1707).

Prep for Your Tour

Meet at the Nordic Center at 9:15 a.m. Dress to be active outside in all weather; this means bringing clothes for cold and warm weather. We recommend clothes you can layer so you can easily adjust to changing conditions. Tours last 2.5 hours.

Bring a backpack, water, and food.


$90 ($60 for each additional person) – Includes rental equipment.


Cancellation Policy: Tours cancelled 24 hours or more in advance will receive a full refund. Tours cancelled within 24 hours will not receive a refund.

CB Nordic operates under a special use permit from the USFS and is an equal-opportunity employer.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, we’ve suspended all Crested Butte Nordic programming for the time being. Stay healthy!