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 –
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.
On December 1st, 12:01 AM a Registration Waitlist will open for vacant 2021 team slots here.
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.
December 1st – January 31st – 75% Refund of Team Registration
February 1st – February 29th – 50% Refund of Team Registration
March 1st – March 20th – 25% Refund of Team Registration
$25 processing fee.
Change deadline is March 20th.
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