An Extraordinary Backcountry Ski Race

The Grand Traverse is a backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado.  Competitors travel 40 miles over the Elk Mountains, climbing over 6,800 vertical feet.  To ensure their safety, racers must have a partner, carry mandatory gear, and start at midnight when avalanche danger is low.

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General Registration – Opens December 1st, 2018 @ 12:01 AM MST

Entry Fee – $420/Team

Early Registration Opportunities:

During the month of October, we provide two opportunities to secure a spot in the Grand Traverse Ski before registration opens to the public on December 1st.

Triple Crown Priority Registration

25 team entries are reserved for Triple Crown contenders.  One, or both, ski teammates who commit themselves to competing in all three GT events in one year: Ski, Run, and Bike.

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Charity Team Registration

25 slots are reserved for teams committed to racing for a charitable cause.

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Refund Policy:

December 1st – January 31st – 75% Refund of Team Registration
February 1st – February 28th – 50% Refund of Team Registration
March 1st – March 24th – 25% Refund of Team Registration

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Teammate Change

$25 processing fee.
Change deadline is March 24th.

Change Your Teammate

 

October 1, 2018

Triple Crown and Charity Team registration opens

December 1, 2018

Online General Registration Opens

Thursday – March 28, 2019

Athlete Clearance &  Vendor Expo – Elevation Hotel

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday –  March 29, 2019

Athlete Clearance & Vendor Expo –  Elevation Hotel

8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon

Complimentary Athlete Lunch – Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom

Noon to 1 p.m.

Mandatory Racer Meeting –  Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom

1 – 2 p.m.

Mandatory Pre-Start Check – Beacon Check  &  SPOT Distribution
Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom

10:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Blessing of The Freeheeler’s – Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base Area

11:55 p.m.

Saturday – March 30, 2019

Race Start – Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base Area

12 a.m.

Aspen Race Finish – Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza

6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Podium Ceremony – Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza

2:00 p.m.

Post-Race Raffle  – Ute Mountaineer

4 to 5 p.m.

Awards Banquet – Location TBD

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Information is subject to change.  For the safety of racers and volunteers, weather and snow conditions may require a change in the race start time or location, the official course, or race rules – or may lead to cancellation.

 

The equipment racers carry into the backcountry is crucial.  Due to the distance traveled with the potential for rapidly changing weather, each team must be independently prepared for a 24-hour bivouac if conditions dictate.

The listed gear are the essentials required to race, however teams should exercise their own backcountry sense as to what supplementary gear they may wish to carry.

February 23rd, 2019

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We offer group clinics and personal coaching to help you get to Aspen.

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2018*

2017

2016*

2015

2014*

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

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2007

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2002

2001

1st Place – Dave Penny / Geo Bullock 8:17:00

2000

1st Place – Jimmy Faust / Pat O’Neill 8:32:00

1999*

1st Place – Jimmy Faust / Pat O’Neill 6:51:33

1998

1st Place – Travis Moor / Pierre Willie 8:31:50

* Denotes “Reverse” GT course

 

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Course Details

 THE GRAND TRAVERSE TRIPLE CROWN – THE ULTIMATE
COMPETITION FOR THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN ATHLETE

 

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