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.
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.
Charity Team Registration
20 slots are reserved for teams committed to racing for a charitable cause.
December 1st – January 31st – 75% Refund of Team Registration
February 1st – February 29th – 50% Refund of Team Registration
March 1st – March 21st – 25% Refund of Team Registration
$25 processing fee.
Change deadline is March 25th.
October 1, 2019
Triple Crown and Charity Team registration opens
December 1, 2019
Online General Registration Opens
Friday – March 27, 2020
Athlete Clearance & Vendor Expo – Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom
Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday – March 28, 2020
Athlete Clearance & Vendor Expo –Lodge at Mountaineer Square Ballroom
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
Sunday – March 29, 2020
Race Start – Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base Area
Aspen Race Finish – Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Podium Ceremony – Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
Post-Race Raffle – Aspen Brewing Company
4 to 5 p.m.
Awards Banquet – Mountain Chalet Aspen Poolside Room
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 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.
* Denotes “Reverse” Course
1st Place – Dave Penny / Geo Bullock 8:17:00
1st Place – Jimmy Faust / Pat O’Neill 8:32:00
1st Place – Jimmy Faust / Pat O’Neill 6:51:33
1st Place – Travis Moore / Pierre Willie 8:31:50