The Conference Program

The Crested Butte Mountain Conference (CBMC) where people in recovery can bring their entire family for a week long vacation in the majestic Rocky Mountains. There is a Welcome Dinner on Sunday night to welcome you back to the Mountain.  Please sign up and pay when you register for the conference – it is first come first serve, there is limited space available in the The Mountaineer Ballroom. Throughout the week, there are multiple opportunities to enjoy AA and Al-Anon speakers, discussion meetings and workshops. You can start your day with a meditation meeting and join others for a hike to a meeting on the top of Mt. Crested Butte.  If it’s your first time to the conference, we now have a “First Timers” table during Registration Packet Pickup on Sunday and Monday. We would love to meet you.  We also have specific events for “Solo Travelers”. If you have come to the conference as a Solo traveler or just want to catch up with old friends, sign up at the Activity Signup on Monday morning at the “Solos” table.

Conference Dates for 2024: Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26

For your reference, here is a link to the 2023 program:  2023 CBMC Program

The largest meeting of the day is the evening speaker meeting, which is held in the Ballroom in the Mountaineer Conference Center.  Aside from all the coffee and cookies you can eat, you will enjoy powerful speakers from around the country.  Enjoy all of the speakers together as they share the experience, strength and hope at the Friday workshop panel discussion on the topic of The Spiritual Life is Not a Theory.

Featured Speakers for 2024

Paul McQ. – Belle Harbor, NY (AA)
Amy D. – Louisville, KY (AA)
Michele B. – Scottsdale, AZ (AFG)
Hilda F. – Tujunga, CA (AA)
Karl M. – Covina, CA (AA)

 In addition to an outstanding lineup of speakers for the principle evening meetings, the Conference includes afternoon workshops that center on specific areas of AA/Al-Anon in our daily lives.  Some Workshop and Discussion meeting topics include:

Workshop Topics:

  • Freedom of Forgiveness
  • Sponsorship: Frustrations & Blessings
  • Miracle of Family Recovery
  • Working Two Programs
  • Serenity: Prayer & Practice
  • Grief in Recovery
  • Expectations & Acceptance
  • How is Your Now?

 Discussion Meeting Topics:

  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Acceptance
  • Detachment with Love
  • Steps and Traditions
  • Amends

Fully Self-Supporting

While AA conferences are held all over the world, one of the most common misconceptions about AA conferences is that they operate as group-level AA meetings. Conventions and conferences are special events that require a substantial amount of money to produce. This conference is funded through registration fees and contributions from individual AA and Al-Anon members.  As responsible AA and Al-Anon members, we pay our own way.

CBMC is put on each year with a service-committee board and is supported by many many volunteers, people like you. If you would like to be of service to CBMC, please mark on your registration what area you are interested in helping with.  We can’t do it without you! Sign up as a “Green Shirt” and get a free t-shirt.

Because CBMC is a family-focused conference, there is a separate schedule for Alateens to enjoy meetings and activities.   We also have a Kid’s Program for ages 7-12, where kids can participate in afternoon workshops run by parents/ volunteers assisted by Crested Butte Board Members.  (As part of registering your child, you agree to volunteer for one afternoon workshop.)

More information about activities for children can be found under the tab “Conference Sponsored Activities”.

If you have registered your child and have not received an email about the Kids Program, please contact our coordinator Kelly at