Course

Due to weather and snow safety considerations, the exact course cannot be finalized until race day. Race organizers may change the course based on snow conditions, weather or other safety concerns.  In extreme circumstances, the course may be modified to finish in Crested Butte rather than in Aspen.   The final course will be determined and described to racers at the Mandatory Race Meeting.



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Cut-Offs Times
There are 4 cut-off points on the course:

  • Refuge Checkpoint #1 at Friends Hut – Teams must reach the Checkpoint by 7:00 AM. Teams that do not meet this cut-off will be turned around and must return to Crested Butte.
  • Star Pass Checkpoint – Teams must reach Star Pass by 8:00 AM. Teams that do not meet this cut-off will be turned around and must return to Crested Butte.
  • Refuge Checkpoint #2 at Barnard Hut – There is a mandatory 10-minute stop and medical check at the Checkpoint. Racers must reach the Checkpoint by 2:00 PM. Racers that do not meet this cut-off must ski to a per-determined pick up point, where they will be escorted to the Sundeck and downloaded on the Aspen Gondola.
  • Aspen Mountain Boundry Checkpoint – Teams must reach the top of Aspen Mountain by 4:00 PM. Racers that do not make this cut-off will be escorted to the Sundeck and downloaded on the Aspen Gondola.

New Start Route

Based on racer and ski patrol feedback, the GT race committee has extended the first uphill section of the race in order to better space out racers before the first descent.

This new route will take racers past Painterboy, up Houston, to Five Way, and then back to the top of the the Gold Link lift before descending off of North Pass to the Indian Trail.  The new route will add just over a mile of additional distance and the uphill will be more gradual.

We appreciate your understanding of our efforts to create a safe race.

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Standard Reverse Route

In the event that conditions do not permit a through race to Aspen, the Grand Traverse will revert to the following standardized Reverse Course.

The Reverse Route follows the start of the Traverse course all the way to the Friends Hut.  Rather than ascending west to Star Pass, the route ascends north and east into the high basin above the Friends Hut.  The route then heads back down East Brush Creek to trail 402 and forks left (south) ascending trail 402 towards Ferris Creek.  The route then ascends the north side of Strand Hill to the top of Strand Hill where it descends the southwest side of Strand Hill to Brush Creek Road.  The route continues on Brush Creek Road to to the Upper Upper Loop trail where it heads northwest to the Upper Loop trail on the flanks of Mt. Crested Butte.  The route takes a right on the Happy Hour Trail taking racers to the Top of the West Wall Lift where it then descends to the CBMR base area to the finish.
Course Stats – 33.5 Mi. / 7,329 Ft. Gain

Reverse Course Cut-Off’s:

  • Refuge Checkpoint #1 at Friends Hut – Teams must reach the Checkpoint by 7:00 AM. Teams that do not meet this cut-off will be turned around and must return to Crested Butte.
  • AID #2 (Brush Creek Trail Head) 1:00 PM Cut-OFF Teams that do not meet this cut off will be transported form this location to the Finish Line at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

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IMPORTANT:  All 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 even lead to cancellation.  All registration fees are non-refundable. 

The Grand Traverse operates under a Special Use Permit on the Gunnison National Forest.

  • Map

    For a downloadable PDF of the Grand Traverse Map please click here: Grand Traverse Map

  • Live Tracking

    Trackleaders

  • Course Facts

    Start: Crested Butte, CO
    Finish: Aspen, CO
    Distance: 40 miles
    Elevation Gain: 7,800 feet
    Typical Finishing Time: 8-16 hours

  • Snow Safety

    Teams of avalanche forecasters assess the route in the weeks prior to the race. Current regional avalanche conditions can be found here:

    Colorado Avalanche Information Center

    Crested Butte Avalanche Center

  • Crested Butte Weather