Course Information

Course marking provided by Cripple Creek Backcountry

Aid Stations:
This is largely a self-sufficient race; however, we will have two Aid Stations for Sport course participants and one for Recreational course participants. A full Aid Station will be located at Highlands Base Village (~8.5 mi) with water, Electrolyte drink (to fill your bottle or reservoir), Coke, and BASE Performance products. A second water station will be at the entrance to the Congo Trail (~15.5 mi) after the descent of the Highland Bowl and will have the same items.

Cut-Off Times:
There will be 3 cut offs this year for the full Power of Four and 2 for the Power of Two. The first cut off will be 3 hours after your start time at the Burnt Mountain Gate on Snowmass where you exit the ski resort to make your way towards Buttermilk. The second cut off will be at the Top of Congo Trail on Aspen Highlands (7 hours for Power of Four, 5 hours for Power of Two). The 3rd cut off is on Midnight Mine Road. If you are not halfway up Midnight Mine Road by 3:00 PM, a course marshal will direct you to ski back down to the Castle Creek Rd Crossing and an athlete shuttle will be waiting to take you to the finish line. This is in an effort to keep you and our staff safe and healthy.

Course Marking:
Green pin flags = uphill
Red pin flags = downhill
red and blue GS panels = downhill
Yellow pin flags = booting
Please note that while you will see a few GS panels near the 'gut' of the Highland Bowl, each team is free to choose their own descent of the Bowl once they reach the Summit. These particular GS panels are to be used as a guide for those less familiar with the area.

Course Rules:
- You must ascend with skins
- You must descend with boots locked into the ski position
- Skis must be attached to a pack in 2 attachment points for all booters
- Skins must be fully tucked into suit/jacket/pack prior to leaving the transition area
- Poles must be flat on the ground during all transitions
- Race officials, checkpoint officials and ski patrol can require racers to put on jackets or buffs at any time
- Teammates must be within 10 seconds of each other on the uphill and 5 seconds of each other on the downhill portions
- A team's finish time will be based on the second person to cross the finish line

Exiting the Race Early:
In the event you do not feel you can complete the race and choose to stop you MUST check-out with the nearest Course Marshall, with ski patrol or at the finish area at the base of the gondola on Aspen Mountain.