Registration Opens December 1st, 2017

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.


Racer Handbook



Registration Opens December 1st

Cost per team – $400

Early Registration Opportunities

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

Triple Crown Priority Registration

50 spots are reserved for Triple Crown Competitors who compete in all three GT events in one year: Ski, Run, and Bike.

More Info

Charity Team Registration

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


Refund Policy

December 1st – January 31st – 75% Refund of Team Registration
February 1st – February 28th – 50% Refund of Team Registration
March 1st – March 18th – 25% Refund of Team Registration

Request a Refund

Teammate Change

$25 processing fee.
Change deadline is March 18th.

Change Your Teammate


October 1, 2017

Triple Crown and Charity Team registration opens

December 1, 2017

General Registration Opens

Thursday – March 22, 2018

Athlete Clearance &  Vendor Expo – Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday –  March 23, 2018

Athlete Clearance & Vendor Expo –  Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom

8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon

Mandatory Racer Briefing

1 – 2 p.m.

Mandatory Beacon Check  & SPOT Distribution

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

Blessing of The Freeheeler’s

11:55 p.m.

Saturday – March 24, 2018

Race Start

12 a.m.

Aspen Race Finish

6 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 1A Base Area of Aspen Mountain

Podium Ceremony at 1A Base Area

2:00 p.m.

Raffle at Ute Mountaineer

4 to 5 p.m.

Awards Banquet

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Aspen Elks Lodge

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.


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