Built upon the famed Grand Traverse ski race, The North Face Grand Traverse Mountain Run navigates the same alpine route between the iconic Colorado mountain towns of Crested Butte and Aspen. In pre-dawn light athletes gather in downtown Crested Butte for a goodwill blessing before setting off on their 40 mile trans-mountain journey to Aspen. Racers will climb over 6,000 vertical feet, ascending both Star (12,507') and Taylor Pass (11,928') in their odyssey to cross the Elk Mountain Range and complete the race route at the base of Ajax Mountain.

Upcoming Races

Sep 4 2021
40 Miles
The course follows the route of the Grand Traverse Backcountry Ski race. In total, runners travel 40 miles over the Elk Mountains with over 6,000′ of elevation gain.
6,197 7,072 ft.
Point-to-Point Course
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts


40 Miles View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
09/05/20 160 7:03:04 8:21:57
08/31/19 243 5:38:19 7:17:46
09/01/18 247 5:57:49 6:37:17
09/02/17 143 6:15:19 8:04:47
09/02/16 84 6:01:11 7:36:50
09/05/15 78 6:25:01 7:50:16
08/16/14 89 6:12:49 7:52:54
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information. If you see an error, please let us know
Star Pass sunrise Cresting Star Pass into Taylor drainage Departing Crested Butte with dawn lit Mt. Whetstone in background. Approaching Taylor Pass Fording Brush creeks late summer flow

Quebec Mega Trail (QMT)

  • Aug 14, 2021
  • Beaupré, QC
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