While many families are dreaming of beaches and palm trees for a spring vacation, others head to the mountains for amazing family spring skiing. The Gunnison – Crested Butte area of south central Colorado not only offers world class skiing and snowboarding but a variety of great family activities along with an affordable ski vacation price tag. With fewer visitors than the ski resort areas along I-70, you will find shorter chairlift lines, a beautiful drive free of traffic jams and quaint towns filled with “mom and pop” restaurants and shops.

Family Spring Skiing in Crested ButteThe most visited destination in the area is Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) featuring a variety of terrain from beginner to extreme, on mountain dining, base area shops and restaurants plus an on-site adventure park with bungee trampoline, zip line tour, climbing wall and more. This resort provides amenities you would expect from any major Colorado ski resort, yet the one hour chairlift line does not exist here. On mountain, skiers are spread out into different areas. Beginners to Intermediates can enjoy their own little ski area on the Painter Boy/Gold Link/Prospect Chairlifts. There are few lines here and the runs are short and fun. On top of this area, you’ll find the Umbrella Bar, great for snacks, a light lunch or an alcoholic beverage and views are dream worthy.

Family Spring Skiing Accommodations

Family Mountain Chalet

To make the family ski vacation affordable, look at lodging options just a distance from CBMR. Three Rivers Resort in Almont is just 20 miles south of the ski area offering cabins, lodge rooms and vacation homes on or near the Taylor River. The “mountain chalets” are a great option for families with children. The kids love to hang out in their own loft space upstairs while parents can relax downstairs. With a full kitchen, saving on meals is easy when you pack some food with you. These cabins are just $155/night for a family of 4. For larger families, try a two bedroom cabin with a large upstairs loft or even a four bedroom vacation home. Check out the lodging options and be sure to look at the Hot Deals page for even more discounts.