The Crested Butte Mountain Conference (CBMC) offers numerous conference-sponsored activities throughout the week. Registration for these activities is available on Monday morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Ballroom in the Mountaineer Conference Center. Please note that a number of other activities are available for registration that are not sponsored by the conference, such as horseback riding, zip-line, jeep tours, guided wildflower hikes, and many more. The conference-sponsored activities include the following:
Activities for Alateen, Preteen, and Children
The Crested Butte Mountain Conference offers a number of opportunities for fun activities especially for Alateens, Preteens, Tweens, and Children. All outdoor activities are open to Alateen participation, and separate Alateen activities are scheduled. Alateen meetings and workshops are for those 13 and older ONLY. There are also programs, meetings, and activities each day for Preteens (ages 10-12) and Tweens (ages 7-9).
A NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Registering children (7-12) indicates your willingness to volunteer for one afternoon children’s program (3:15-5:15 p.m.)
A program for children ages 7-12 is available daily beginning on Tuesday morning. Fees vary depending on the activity. Activities include horseback riding, rafting, rock climbing and swimming.
During the evening speaker meetings, the Conference provides free child care at Kids’ World for children 12 years and under. In order to utilize this service, the child(ren) and his or her parent(s) must be registered with the conference. Parents must pick up their children no later than 10:30 p.m.
Additional information for parents is available at Ski Crested Butte website.
Bill Wilson Open Golf Tournament
Each year the Conference sponsors the Bill Wilson Open Golf Tournament. This year it will be held in Gunnison at the Dos Rios Club. The entry fee of $80 includes green fees, carts, lunch and prizes. Registration for the golf tournament is available online when you register for the conference. Clubs are available for rental at Dos Rios. This tournament is a scramble format and provides some amazing views and opportunities to win longest drive or closest to the hole. If you haven’t played golf at this altitude, you can’t miss this chance to hit the ball farther than ever before!
Dr. Bob Fishing Tournament
The Dr. Bob Fishing Tournament is held on Thursday starting at 8:00 a.m. The tournament provides an opportunity to show your fishing skills (or your true level of humility)! It is available for all ages and all levels of experience while having a ton of fun. The Taylor Park Boat House provides most of the equipment you will need, including the boats, bait, and fishing tackle. Please make sure you bring polarized sunglasses, brimmed cap or hat, rain gear, drinking water, food or snacks, sweater or jack, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a cooler with ice to take back all the trout you catch. Registration is required, which includes a one-day fishing license. Cost for ages 15 and younger is $45 and $55 for ages 16 and over.
Wilson Cup Tennis Tournament
The Wilson Cup Tennis Tournament is held annually and this year will be held on Wednesday. The tournament starts at 9:00 a.m. and the entry fee is $20. The entry fee includes tennis balls, water, and a box lunch.
Annual Softball Championship
In 2004, a softball game was held for the first time between a group from Texas (Texas Twelfth-Steppers) and Crested Butte (Silkworth Sox). Since that time, the teams have enjoyed a fun annual competition that anyone is welcome to join in and enjoy. No fees are required. Please bring your softball mitts. The game is held at Pitsker Field in downtown Crested Butte at 2:00 p.m. and transportation is available by shuttle bus. Donations accepted to cover cost of the umpires.
The Butte Scoot is a 5K Fun Run/Walk held on Friday morning on Slate River Road, located between the town of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Any way you get to the finish line is fine – walk, run, jog or a combination of them all. Refreshments are provided and prizes are awarded in various age groups, which are included in the $15 entry fee along with a Butte Scoot t-shirt.
Group hikes are offered Tuesday through Friday of the Conference. Enjoy a moderate hike to the “High Meadow” on Tuesday or Wednesday departing from the Silver Queen Lift at 9:30 a.m. No fees are required for this hike; however, you must purchase a lift ticket, which is available on Monday at the activities sign up or in the local office located in the mountaineer square. (Conference attendees receive a discount with proof of registration.) A meeting is held at the end of the hike at the high meadow. Some choose to climb to the peek and enjoy a meeting there as well.
In addition to the “High Meadow” hikes, the conference offers a moderate hike on Thursday outside of town. This hike is general 2 miles and includes some grade. Departing from the Grand Lodge at 9:00 a.m., you will travel by bus to the trailhead and be back around 12:30 p.m. A fee of $7 covers the cost of the bus.
Individual approval by the guides is required for the expert hike, which is held on Thursday. Also, a shuttle fee is required for the expert hike as it is generally not within walking distance of the town. Past expert hike locations include Aspen, Poverty Gulch to Daisy Pass and Halsey Basin. This is an all day hike – please bring plenty of water, food, sunscreen and proper hiking gear.
In addition to these conference-sponsored hikes, there are many trails in the Crested Butte area from which you can choose. If interested, hiking trail maps are available at the Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center located on the corner of Elk Avenue and 6th street (the main road into town). Also, you may want to check out the local bookstores or outfitters for a book or guide map as well as any equipment you left behind.