Athlete Clearance

Racers will be cleared to race through the Check-In & Gear Check process, in addition to attending the Mandatory Racer MeetingYou must attend these sessions as a TEAM!

These mandatory functions will take place in the Grand Ballroom at The Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte.  To get there, take the free bus from the town of Crested Butte or plan to pay to park in the Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area parking.

Teams will be cleared to race on a first come, first served basis.  Clearance sessions will take place:
Thursday, March 23rd from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Friday, March 24th from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

At Check-In, each racer must present a photo ID and proof of valid CORSAR card.  Anyone with a hunting/fishing license,  boat, snowmobile, or ATV registration is covered.  CORSAR cards may be purchased at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs website.  It is recommended to purchase a CORSAR card ahead of time to minimize time at Check-In.

During Gear Check each team will receive specific instructions on how to lay out equipment for Gear Check.   All team gear must be unpacked and visible to the judges.  Water containers do not need to be full, but teams must show them at gear check.  Teams must also present their food, skis, poles and boots.  Teams may be asked to demonstrate that they can set up their mandatory shelter.  Each team is required to carry one GPS tracking device.  Teams that are using a personal tracking device must bring it to Gear Check.  Teams renting one from the race will received them during the beacon check at Mountaineer Square Friday night. starting at 10:30 PM

If the judges consider a team’s gear to be inadequate, they will not be allowed to race.  Teams with missing or inadequate equipment will be required to obtain sufficient replacement gear before returning to Athlete Clearance to be re-checked.

Please reference the Mandatory Equipment List as it details mandatory gear as specific as possible.

  • Map

    For a downloadable PDF of the Grand Traverse Map please click here: Grand Traverse Map

  • Snow Safety

    Teams of avalanche forecasters assess the route in the weeks prior to the race. Current regional avalanche conditions can be found here:

    Colorado Avalanche Information Center

    Crested Butte Avalanche Center

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