CRESTED BUTTE TO ASPEN
April 2 - 3, 2022
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 – $450/TEAM
2022 Ski registration will open to the public here at 12:01 AM, December 1st, 2021.
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
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
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.
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.
* Denotes “Reverse” Course