‘Guides Ridge’ Route Winter Ascent

Crested Butte - Guides Ridge

Crested Butte’s version of the world-famous Cosmiques Arete in Chamonix, France!

This European-style alpine adventure is sure to be the highlight of your winter trip to Crested Butte.  Experience the thrill, exposure, challenge, and beauty of this technically easy, yet rarely travelled, alpine climb to the top of Crested Butte’s most iconic peak … Mt Crested Butte!

Though intimidating looking, the route is an excellent introduction to technical winter alpine climbing due to the ease of the approach made possible by a quick ride up the Silver Queen lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  The Silver Queen tops out at 11,500′ and from here a short traverse across alpine boulder fields finds you at the base of the long and jagged 800′ arete know as the ‘Guides Ridge’

After a roped ascent of a few hours you’ll arrive on the 12,162′ summit of Mt Crested Butte, and either enjoy an invigorating rappell for 60m directly off the top, or a leisurely stroll down the standard hiking route. Once back at the top of the Silver Queen lift, it is a quick and unbelieveably scenic chairlift ride right back to the base area. Coupled with an apres drink or espresso, this is as European and civilized of a mountain adventure as you can get anywhere in the US.