Frequently Asked Questions

It’s my first Crested Butte Mountain Conference. Any tips?

Yes! Please come by the First Timers table at “Registration Badge Pickup” on Sunday and Monday. We would love to meet you and give you some tips on CBMC. Another great way to meet people when you’re new is to volunteer for Green Shirts and come to the Solos events for fellowship. Everyone is welcome! All of our events are located on Mt. Crested Butte in the Ski Resort.  The Grand Lodge is where most of our meetings and the morning meditation are held.  The Mountaineer Ballroom is where we hold the nightly speaker meeting, the Welcome Dinner and also Registration Pickup/Activity Signup is here, too.

What is a Green Shirt and what do they do?

Green Shirts usually volunteer for one morning, afternoon, or evening during the conference. Their duties will vary depending on the time of day. They may include checking meeting rooms to be sure there’s water and ice available and the seating is arranged, answering questions, usually about the location of specific meetings, and generally being available in case some situation arises that needs attention. In the evening they have the fun of hugging arrivals to the evening speaker meeting and checking to be sure all attendants have badges. Please sign up at the Activity Signup on Monday morning at 9:30 am in the Mountaineer Ballroom and get a Free T-shirt! CBMC runs on volunteer service, we couldn’t do it without you so please sign up!

Who attends the conference?

The Crested Butte Mountain Conference is a “family” conference. We encourage attendance of the entire family. Both AA and Al-Anon members are welcomed. Many families new in recovery have come to this conference and left with a newfound direction in their programs. We have Kids Programs so the whole family can attend with child appropriate workshop topics like kindness and sharing. If you would like more information about the Kids Program, contact our coordinator Kelly at

Traveling solo – No problem!

We have meetings and events targeted to our solo travelers.  Come meet new people or reunite with old friends. These events are not just for Solos. Anyone can attend and all are welcome!  Look for the SOLOS table at the 9:30 am Activity Signup on Monday morning.  Some events have a fee.  If you miss Activity Signup,  you can sign up for events at the Info Table in the Grand Lodge lobby.

What is the weather in Crested Butte?

Typically, the weather is usually warm in the afternoons, with an afternoon rain. The temperature cools off quite significantly at night, typically into the 40’s. We recommend wearing “layered” clothing and a light jacket. Having a rain jacket available at all times is helpful too. Crested Butte is a casual active town, where most people are wearing active clothing.

If you are asked to do a reading or chair the eventing speaker meeting at night or will be at the Podium, we ask that you dress appropriately and nicely for that role.

Also note: the evening speaker meeting in the Mountaineer Ballroom does NOT have Air Conditioning! And that room can get pretty warm. We try to open the doors for ventilation but plan to be warm and dress accordingly in layers if possible.

Can I still register or is the Conference filled?

The seating capacity of the Conference Center is 540. That means we must limit the number of registrants. Registration will begin  March 1. There is no onsite registration.  Registration must be paid in advance.  Lodging has become much harder to come by as Crested Butte is more popular than ever.  Get your lodging as soon as possible.  We usually post lodging information in January – watch for the Save the Date email with that information.

I arrived late and I missed the Registration/Badge pickup on Sunday and Monday at the conference?

No problem! You can still pick up your badge and sign up for events if they are available at the Info Desk in the first floor lobby of the Grand Lodge Hotel.

The Information Desk is open daily starting on Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and on Friday from 8:00 am-noon.

We’ve changed our minds. Can we get a refund?

We have a policy of not issuing refunds, but you may sell or give your registration to someone else to use and we’ll be happy to make the transfer. If you’d like to post your registration for sale on our Bulletin Board page, you might reach a wider range of interested people. Click here to send your post for that page.

How do I transfer my registration to someone else?

Please Click here to notify us by email with the person’s name, address, phone number and email address, and we’ll send them a confirmation.

Where do I Park?

Daily Paid Parking – If you are staying offsite, Paid parking is available in the Main Lot located at 32 Emmons Rd. From Gothic Road, turn right on Treasury Road and the entrance is on the right-hand side. 
This lot is the closest to the base area, including the Red Lady Express and Silver Queen Express chairlifts.  Google Map Info

Mountaineer Square Parking GarageThe Lodge at Mountaineer Square offers covered day parking for $30 per vehicle. The entrance to the Lodge at Mountaineer Square parking garage is adjacent to the hotel lobby, located at 620 Gothic Road in Mt. Crested Butte. 

Parking for Lodging GuestsPlease contact the property you booked with to identify parking suitable to your needs.

What is the altitude in Mt. Crested Butte?

The base camp at Mt. Crested Butte is 9,375 ft. If you climb to the very top of Mt. Crested Butte, the summit elevation is 12,162.  For most of us “flat” landers that is a big change and the air is quite thin. It is very important to drink lots of water before and during the conference. Also, be mindful of the intensity of the sun; wear sunscreen or other skin protection as the coolness outside can be deceiving.

Altitude Sickness

Take it easy the first couple days as you acclimate.  Altitude sickness is no joke. Altitude sickness happens when your body has trouble adjusting to the difference in how much oxygen you’re getting with each breath. We have had people that have had to come off the mountain due to it so please if you are not feeling well, please seek medical care.

Signs of altitude sickness include, but not limited to: Malaise (a noticeable “unwell” feeling), dizziness, trouble sleeping, headache, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing or shortness of breath, and inability to exercise.

Altitude sickness can cause many symptoms, and these can vary depending on the severity. The symptoms of acute mountain sickness usually appear within the first day or so of reaching a high altitude. More severe forms like HAPE or HACE take longer to appear, usually between two and five days.

Altitude sickness can refer to three distinct conditions:

  • Acute mountain sickness (AMS). This is the mildest and most common form of altitude sickness.
  • High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). This is when altitude sickness affects your lungs, causing them to fill with fluid. It’s a medical emergency that needs immediate medical attention. While not the most severe form, it can cause death faster than other forms of altitude sickness.
  • High altitude cerebral edema (HACE) This is the most severe form. It happens when altitude sickness causes your brain to swell. It’s a very dangerous condition that needs emergency care.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, all content and information on this website is for informational purposes. Please seek proper medical help.