Crested Butte, CO is located at 8,885 feet elevation. Racers are encouraged to arrive the day before the race to acclimate. There will be a two-day vendor expo coinciding with the racer check in and gear check at Mountaineer Square. Racers will have the opportunity to demo items, check out new gear and get discounted products during the vendor expo. Most racers chose to stay over Saturday night in Aspen for the awards party.
Accommodations in Crested Butte:
Crested Butte boasts a variety of lodging alternatives in town and at the ski area (about a 15 minute drive from town). For more information, visit www.downtowncrestedbutte.com.
Cristiana Guesthaus is offering rooms for racers for $15 off their regular rates!
With the discount, a 1 queen bed room is $95 per night and a 1 king bed or a 1 queen and 1 double bed room is $110 per night. Rates include breakfast. For reservations or more info call 970-349-5326 or 1-800-824-7899. Please mention the Grand Traverse offer when making reservations.
Elk Mountain Lodge $99 racer deal - conveniently located in downtown Crested Butte this cozy lodge has a lobby bar and fireplace. Room rate includes breakfast and use of ski tuning room. 129 Gothic Avenue Crested Butte, CO 81224 970-349-7533 www.elkmountainlodge.com
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering a 25% off lodging discount for the 2013 Grand Traverse participants. To receive this discount please book online or on the phone. For online booking please visit http://www.skicb.com/cbmr/info/groups/group-booking.aspx use code: GrandTraverse2013 To book over the phone please call Crested Butte Vacations 1-800-810-7669 and mention the code GrandTraverse2013.
Accommodations in Aspen:
Aspen is world-famous for its large and varied offering of lodging. For hotel room deals just for racers and their fans, call an Aspen vacation specialist at 877-405-5611 or visit the race page at www.bookaspensnowmass.com.
Hotel Aspen is offering special rates starting at $119 for the 2013 Grand Traverse. They are centrally located in downtown Aspen and just steps away from everything in Aspen. Enjoy a complimentary mountain breakfast and Après Ski Reception daily and a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, flat screen TVs, DVD players and IPod alarm clocks. The Hotel Aspen has wireless internet in every room and is Pet Friendly! Call us at 970-925-3441 or clickHotel Aspen Grand Traverse Special Rates. Complimentary transportation is available from the Gondola plaza finish area to the hotel.
The Molly Gibson Lodge has special rates starting at $99 for the 2013 Grand Traverse. They provide an intimate setting with an emphasis upon guest services. Located just 3 blocks from the center of Aspen, the lodge offers a variety of room styles, some with in-room Jacuzzis and wood burning fireplaces. All stays include a daily complimentary breakfast and afternoon Après Ski reception. Guest can relax in either of three outdoor Jacuzzis or heated pool with incredible views of Aspen Mountain. Call us at 970-925-3434 or click Molly Gibson Lodge Grand Traverse Special Rates. Complimentary transportation is available from the Gondola plaza finish area to the hotel.
The Limelight is offering special rates of 25% off for 2013 Grand Traverse participants, friends and family. At Aspen’s newest hotel enjoy an extended continental breakfast of homemade granola, waffles, and more and an ideal downtown location next to Wagner Park (The Rugby Field.) To make your reservation please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.433.0832 and mention The Grand Traverse.
Car pooling to Crested Butte is encouraged. Check out the forum on this site (under the Athletes tab) for others looking to carpool. Crested Butte is located just 30 minutes from the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. For shuttles from the airport, contact Alpine Express at 800-822-4844 or visit www.alpineexpressshuttle.com.
Race Day Luggage Transport:
Included in the registration fee is transportation for one duffel bag (per racer) of personal gear from Crested Butte to Aspen. These bags will be collected at the final check-in at Mountaineer Square. Water- proof bags are recommended! Racer’s bags will be available for pick up at the finish line in Aspen. Note, racers SHOULD NOT put anything in the bags that they will need should they not make it to Aspen (phones, money, etc.)
Any bags not picked up in Aspen will be returned to Crested Butte on Sunday afternoon. Racers who do not make the cut-off time at Star Pass and are returned to Crested Butte should plan to pick up their bag at the Crested Butte Nordic Center on Sunday afternoon. The Nordic Center is located at 620 Second Street in Crested Butte. www.cbnordic.org Note, racers SHOULD NOT put anything in the bags that they will need should they not make it to Aspen (phones, money, etc.)
Returning to Crested Butte After the Race:
Seats are available on the Nordic Center van for $35/person.
Reserve your seat online (you will be redirected to the CB Nordic Website for payment processing):