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GORE-TEX® Grand Traverse

The GORE-TEX® Grand Traverse is an extraordinary 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen, CO. Starting at midnight from Crested Butte, often in sub-zero temperatures, racers traverse Colorado’s spectacular Elk Mountains. The course is based on the mail routes of the 1880's, connecting the two towns. In this extreme endurance event, racers will climb more than 7,800 vertical feet and navigate in a self-supported backcountry race that tests them physically and mentally. To maintain safety in the backcountry, racers compete in teams of two and are required to carry mandatory gear. Held annually since 1998, it’s earned a reputation as a true test of toughness for elite local, national and international athletes.

Please visit www.elkmountainstraverse.com for more information.

Event Schedule
Racers must attend: Racer Clearance on either Thursday, 11:00AM t0 5:00PM or Friday, 9:00AM – 11:30AM  (first come, first served!),  Mandatory Racer Meeting on Friday, March 28 at 1:00 PM, and the final Beacon & SPOT check on Friday, March 28 at 10:30 PM at Mountaineer Square.

Alongside race preparation, we’d like to invite you and your guests to attend the following concurrent activities and special events.

All events open to the public

Thursday March 27, 2014

Grand Ballroom at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte and at Base Area

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Athlete Clearance
Racers must check in with event staff and proceed to the Gear Check to be cleared to race.

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Vendor Expo
Come check out the latest gear and clothing, courtesy of Grand Traverse sponsors.

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Ortovox Beacon Park.
Come test your beacon skills at the base area.

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM – Dynafit “Skin with the Pros”
Want some tips from pro randonee racers and past Grand Traverse winners?  Come out and “Skin with the Pros”.  Sponsored by Dynafit.  Meet at the base of Red Lady Lift.  Up-hill pass required, $10 at CBMR ticket office.

4:30 – 6:30 PM- Dynafit Nachtspektakel
Join other racers and our sponsors at the Elevation Hotel outdoor fire pit to skin up to the Ten Peaks restaurant for a dinner at sunset.  Located at the top of Painter Boy lift, Ten Peaks has a stunning view of the valley.  Dress warm to sit outside at the fire pit and enjoy chili, cornbread, salad, dessert and a choice of beer, wine, or soda for just $20 person!  Pre-register online for discounted admission.  Cost is $20 if you register before March 24.  $25 the week of the race.  You may also make your reservation at The Alpineer in downtown Crested Butte.  Any questions, please email wick@elkmountainstraverse.com

Majestic Theater- Downtown Crested Butte (next to Clark’s Market)

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM- Endurance Film Night
Benedikt Böhm in person!  Prior to screening the feature film- Five Days in September, “Bene” will  present a slide show of his record ascent and ski of the 8156-meter peak, Manaslu.
Entry for GT Racers is FREE, $5 for all non-racers.

 
Friday March 28, 2014

Grand Ballroom at Mountaineer Square in Mt. Crested Butte

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Athlete Clearance
Racers must check in with event staff and proceed to the Gear Check to be cleared to race.

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Vendor Expo
Come check out the latest gear and clothing, courtesy of Grand Traverse sponsors.

Noon to 1:00 PM – Athlete Lunch 
Join racers for a pasta lunch before the Mandatory Racer Meeting.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Mandatory Racers Meeting

10:30 PM to 11:30 PM – Mandatory Beacon & SPOT Check

Midnight – Race Start at base of CBMR, in front of Butte 66!


Saturday March 29, 2014

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Aspen Race Finish
Racers arriving throughout the day.  Vendor Expo and Party- Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.

2:00 PM – Podium Ceremony at Gondola Plaza
Top 3 winners of  Men, Women, & Co-ed categories will be recognized.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Cocktail Party & Raffle at Ute Mountaineer

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM –  Awards Party at Aspen Elks Lodge  ( 510 E Hyman Ave. – take the elevator upstairs & take off your hat!)
Trophies and other category prizes will be awarded. 


There are two vans returning to Gunnison/Crested Butte.  One will leave on Saturday afternoon, the other Sunday morning.  Riders must have pre-purchased a seat at the time of registration.


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 lead to cancellation.  The registration fee is non-refundable.

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Today
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Scattered Storms
80F/ 27C HIGH
45F/ 7C LOW
Tomorrow
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Isolated Storms
81F/ 27C HIGH
43F/ 6C LOW
Sunday
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Scattered Storms
69F/ 21C HIGH
48F/ 9C LOW
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