Built upon the 18 year legacy of the famed Grand Traverse ski race, the GORE-TEX Grand Traverse Mountain Run navigates the same alpine route between the iconic mountain towns of Crested Butte and Aspen, Colorado. In pre-dawn light of Crested Butte, athletes gather on Elk Avenue for a goodwill blessing before setting off on their 40 mile trans-mountain journey to Aspen. Racers will climb close to 8,000 vertical feet, ascending both Star (12,507') and Taylor Pass (11,928') in their effort to cross the Elk Mountain Range and complete the course at the base of Ajax mountain.

Upcoming Races

Aug 31 2019
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
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts


Date Distance Total Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
09/01/18 40 Miles 247 5:57:49 6:37:17
09/02/17 40 Miles 143 6:15:19 8:04:47
09/02/16 40 Miles 84 6:01:11 7:36:50
09/05/15 40 Miles 78 6:25:01 7:50:16
08/16/14 40 Miles 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.
Tussey Mountainback 50 Miler
  • Oct 27, 2019
  • Boalsburg, PA
50 Miles