Colorado

Safety

Being Prepared

ELEVATION
There is about 50% more ultraviolet radiation at 10,000 feet than at sea level. Always wear sunglasses and sunblock. Also, there is a third less oxygen here than there is at sea level. Please take this into account when planning your activities.

WATER
Keeping hydrated is the best way to acclimate to high altitude. Drink plenty of water when hiking or biking. Do not drink from streams!

ADEQUATE CLOTHING
The weather here changes quickly. There is usually at least a 10 degree temperature difference from the bottom to the top of the lifts. Biking and hiking shoes are advised. A waterproof windbreaker is recommended.

ENVIRONMENT
Please leave wildflowers for others to enjoy. Stay on designated trails and give our extremely fragile ecosystem an opportunity to thrive.

Lightning & Thunderstorms

Summer storms are frequently accompanied by lightning. If you get caught in an electrical storm, head for the base area or the top of either the Silver Queen or Red Lady Express lifts, whichever is closer. If you cannot make it to shelter, follow these rules:
Stop riding and separate yourself from your bike.

  • Stay away from water, including streams, small ponds and large mud puddles.
  • Avoid the highest ground or the highest object in an area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open spaces, wire fences, power lines and chairlifts

On-Mountain Traffic

Crested Butte Mountain sees a good deal of on-mountain maintenance and improvements during the summer months. Vehicles and work crews may be encountered anywhere, at any time, on the mountain. For your own safety, stay on designated trails. PLEASE USE CAUTION!

Wildlife

Please be aware that many wild animals share the mountain with us. Wildlife may be encountered anywhere, at any time, including in developed areas. PLEASE DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE.

Emergency Numbers

For first aid assistance during operating hours call (970) 349-2347, for emergencies after the lifts close dial 911.
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