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.

RACER MANUAL

 

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.

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.

Refund Policy:

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

Request a Refund

Teammate Change

$25 processing fee.
Change deadline is March 20th.

Change Your Teammate

 

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

11:55 p.m.

Sunday – March 29, 2020

Race Start – Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base Area

12 a.m.

Aspen Race Finish – Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza

6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Podium Ceremony – Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza

2:00 p.m.

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 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.

February 23rd, 2020

More Info

We offer group clinics and personal coaching to help you get to Aspen.

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* Denotes “Reverse” Course

2019

2018*

2017

2016*

2015

2014*

2013

2012

2011

2010*

2009

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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

 

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

 

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