Guidebook

Crested Butte Fat Biking—Home of the Fat Bike World Champs

With a long and snowy winter season, Crested Butte has naturally become one of the best places in the world to pedal groomed snow.

Description

The locals say that Crested Butte only sees 30 frost-free days per year. The rest of the year, it’s either merely cold in the mornings… or downright frigid. Every winter, the Butte gets buried beneath countless inches of snow.

When fat biking blew up on the mountain bike scene, the combination of an ultra-long winter season and Crested Butte’s well-earned reputation as one of the top mountain bike destinations in the world provided the perfect breeding ground to create one of the best places to pedal on snow in the world. In fact, Crested Butte has launched a race/festival they’ve dubbed the “Fat Bike World Championships,” which is held every January.

While special race courses are groomed exclusively for the Fat Bike World Champs, all winter long the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association grooms routes throughout the valley and up into the mountains. Exactly which routes are open and rideable varies wildly depending on the conditions and the grooming schedule, so be sure to check CBMBA’s website before you go.

That said, of all the many fat biking routes in Crested Butte, the three listed in this guidebook are the most likely to be rideable. Pack all of your layers and go ride groomed!

Cement Creek
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cement Creek

Crested Butte
7.0 km
113 m
113 m
A scenic, beginner-friendly, winter fat bike route.
Easy
Private
Kebler Pass
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kebler Pass

Crested Butte
18.5 km
259 m
259 m
A classic mountain pass ride... but on snow.
Difficult
Private
Gothic Road
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gothic Road

Crested Butte
11.7 km
126 m
126 m
Ride on a non-motorized singletrack trail groomed for fat bikers.
Easy
Private
Teddy's Trail and North Village
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Teddy's Trail and North Village

Crested Butte
5.4 km
143 m
143 m
Combine two of Crested Butte’s fat bike-specific groomed trails into a visually-stunning ride above the village of Mount Crested Butte.
Moderate
Private
Slate River Road
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Slate River Road

Crested Butte
15.1 km
235 m
234 m
A gorgeous road-turned-snowmobile trail climbing a narrow valley alongside a river.
Moderate
Private