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The Grand Traverse

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The Grand Traverse is a backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado.


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37.3

Miles

60.0

KM

Ski Line

12,389' 3,776 m

High

8,031' 2,448 m

Low

6,852' 2,089 m

Up

8,264' 2,519 m

Down

8%

Avg Slope (4°)

33%

Max Slope (18°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
To ensure participant safety, racers must have a partner, carry mandatory gear, and start the race at midnight when avalanche danger is low.

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The Grand Traverse is the most time-honored backcountry ski race in North America. Racers compete in teams of two to ensure safety along the remote route. At the strike of midnight, racers set off from the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort for a starlight ski journey to Aspen. Ascending both Star and Taylor Pass', racers will climb close to 8000' and travel more than 40 miles to complete the 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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Skiers descending the backside Star Pass.
Nov 12, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Ascending Star with epic stars overhead.
Nov 12, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Waiting at the start in CB.
Nov 12, 2015 near Crested…, CO
Grand Traverse Finish in Aspen.
Nov 12, 2015 near Aspen, CO

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