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CRESTED BUTTE TO ASPEN

MARCH 27 - 28, 2021

EVENT OVERVIEW

An extraordinary Colorado backcountry route!
The Grand Traverse is a point-to-point ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen.  Racers travel 40 miles across the Elk Mountain range, climbing over 6,800 vertical feet. To ensure competitor safety, racers must have a partner, carry mandatory gear, and begin the race at midnight when avalanche hazard is decreased.

INFO

ENTRY FEE – $420/TEAM
2021 REGISTRATION PROCESS:

Should this year’s race be permitted to occur, there will be limited open entries into the 2021 event.  The majority of race capacity is pre-booked by 2020 racers who choose to defer their canceled race entry to 2021.

We expect it may be well into January, or February until the race receives provisional approval to occur.  Therefore, waitlisted teams should expect that they will not receive a confirmed entry until mid to late winter.

*Due to the circumstance of limited 2021 registration capacity, no priority registration will be extended to 2021 Charity Teams, or 2021 Triple Crown athletes.

FRIDAY – MARCH 26, 2021

ATHLETE CLEARANCE (early) – Crested Butte Nordic Center

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


SATURDAY –  MARCH 27, 2021

ATHLETE CLEARANCE (drive through) – Crested Butte Community School – Front Parking Lot

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MANDATORY Virtual RACER MEETING –  Zoom Link

2:00 p.m.

MANDATORY PRE-Functions – BEACON CHECK  &  SPOT DISTRIBUTION
MOUNTAINEER SQUARE courtyard

11:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

Race Start Windows – Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base

11:50 p.m. to 12:20 a.m

 

SUNDAY – MARCH 28, 2021

ASPEN RACE FINISH – ASPEN MOUNTAIN 1A Base

6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Virtual AWARDS Presentation – Facebook Live

7:00 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.

2021 GEAR LIST

 

We highly encourage every new racer to view the 5 part video series linked below, containing pro tips on how to nail your GT race systems.

VIDEO GEAR GUIDE

 

FEBRUARY 28TH, 2021

MORE INFO

WE OFFER GROUP CLINICS AND PERSONAL COACHING TO HELP YOU GET TO ASPEN.

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* Denotes “Reverse” Course

2021

2019

2018*

2017

2016*

2015

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2013

2012

2011

2010*

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

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 Moore / Pierre Willie 8:31:50

COURSE DETAILS

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

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