Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Prep Ski Tour

Grand Traverse Prep Ski Tour

Grand Traverse Ski Tour Prep Course.

Dreaming of completing the legendary 40-mile Crested Butte to Aspen ski race? Take advantage of this great opportunity to ski the Grand Traverse Course over three days with CMS guides. We will travel on traditional AT gear and spend a night at both the Friends and Barnard Huts en route to Aspen. You’ll get a chance to preview the course, GPS the route, and develop strategy alongside a guide with race experience. Additionally, we’ll make some turns along the way and enjoy some of the great skiing on this iconic Elk Mountains route. Join us even if you’re not a racer and just want to experience a classic tour!

Grand Traverse Ski Tour

Course Details


We designed this outing to offer folks interested in the race a look at the course. However, we will approach the trip with a ski touring mindset. Participants are encouraged to bring their touring skis (not race) to take advantage of the great skiing opportunities along the way.
Participants should be prepared to carry a pack with extra clothing, food, and a summer-weight sleeping bag for the huts. Plan to ski with ~30lbs.

*In collaboration with Aspen Alpine Guides, under special use permit, White River National Forest.


Backcountry skiing experience and fitness to cover demanding high altitude terrain.


3 Days, 2 Nights

Minimum Age:


Price includes & Excludes:

Includes: Hut fees and food (breakfast/dinner). Guide for 3 days of ski touring.

Meeting location:

Crested Butte, CO


This trip begins in Crested Butte, CO and ends in Aspen. Participants are responsible for lodging in CB on the night of February 9th. We will help to organize a shuttle back to CB from Aspen on the afternoon of the 12th or morning of the 13th. It is important to remember that avalanche hazard threatens several portions of the route and there is a possibility of being turned around at the guide's discretion.

Sample Itinerary:

Feb 9: PM meeting in Crested Butte for dinner and gear check/tour planning.

Feb 10: leave Crested Butte in the AM en route to the Friends Hut. Afternoon turns around the hut if desired.

Feb 11: Friends to Barnard Hut: Over Star and Taylor Passes, covering some beautiful alpine terrain along the way.

Feb 12: Barnard Hut to Aspen. We will have the opportunity to do some powder skiing off of Richmond Ridge before dropping down the ski area into town. Options include spending the night in Aspen or an immediate shuttle ride back to CB.


All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If you're interested in a course, but it doesn't fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.