The elevation of a town tells us exactly how high or low it is in relation to sea level and is a very important geographical statistic. The elevation of Crested Butte is 8,909 feet (2,715 m), which actually makes it one of the highest towns in the entire state. The nearby ski resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, has a base elevation of 9,115 feet (2,778 m) and a top elevation of 12,170 feet (3,710 m), which is also one of the highest resorts in the state.
When compared to many other popular ski resorts in Colorado, Crested Butte generally tends to have a high elevation. Steamboat Springs, for instance, has an elevation of 6,732 feet (2,052 m), while Aspen has an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,438 m) and Vail stands at a height of 8,022 feet (2,445 m). Even Telluride, which is known as one of the highest ski resort towns in Colorado, still has a lower elevation than Crested Butte at 8,750 feet (2,667 m). When compared to these locations, the elevation of Crested Butte is always at least a few hundred feet higher.
Colorado is actually the highest state of all, with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet (2,070 m), so residents of this state are used to living at high altitudes in general. Even the capital city of Colorado, Denver, is nicknamed the Mile High City and has an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,609.344 m). Other key locations in Colorado are its highest point, Mount Elbert, which has an impressive elevation of 14,400 feet (4,401 m) in total and the Arikaree River, which has the lowest point in the state at an elevation of just 3,317 feet (1,011 m). The highest town of all in Colorado is Leadville, which has an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m).