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Planning for your Trip

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Being prepared is key to enjoying your adventures with us. Please review this packing list, then get ready to have some fun!

Download Winter Packing List

  • Ski parka/jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Long underwear top
  • Long underwear bottom
  • Wool sweater or Fleece shirt/jacket (both if you get cold easily)
  • Socks (wool or fleece – not cotton)
  • Winter hat (wool or fleece)
  • Warm gloves or mittens (water resistant – not cotton)
  • Neck gaiter or buff
  • Ski goggles
  • Winter boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Personal toiletries
  • Prescribed medications
  • Casual attire for relaxing at lodging or eating out in Crested Butte
  • Camera (optional)
  • If you are ice climbing, bring an extra warm coat (down coats are great for this).
  • Recommended: Wheelchair tires suitable for snow and ice.

*ASC has limited items to borrow, so please let us know if you need any listed item.


Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley are between 7,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level. The following tips will help you to adjust to this environment.

  1. Increase your water intake before you arrive in Crested Butte – Dehydration can occur over several days and it is best to prevent it by starting to drink water early.
  2. Drink a lot of water and electrolyte drinks once you arrive – A very small amount of fluid loss in the body can significantly affect your ability to perform.
  3. Protect your skin and eyes – At high elevation, it is very important to wear sunscreen and eye protection. It will be necessary to reapply sunscreen several times during the day even when it is cloudy.
  4. Be prepared for weather and dress in layers –Temperatures can drop rapidly. It is best to dress in warm layers and be prepared for any conditions.


In order to get the most out of our trip, we recommend that you read this Pre-Trip Wellness Regimen booklet.

Pre Trip Wellness Regimen Book