During the winter, some airlines (try American or Continental) have direct service to the nearby town of Gunnison via Houston or Dallas. There is a convenient shuttle bus to Crested Butte from Gunnison. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes. You can also fly into Denver and make a connection via United Express directly to Gunnison. Some may prefer to rent a car in Denver and drive down to Crested Butte. The trip can between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 hours. Scenery is magnificent, but wintertime roads and weather conditions are factors when making the decision to drive.