Unless you want to run the Practice Stage on Thursday, get through registration and tech before the rush on Friday or just come to town early to enjoy the mountains and get acclimated to the elevation, there is NO NEED to arrive here before Friday morning. Competitor and Service Crew registration opens at 9:00AM on Friday and will remain open until 2:00PM. Tech opens at 10:00AM on Friday and will remain open until 3:00PM. Everything scheduled for Thursday is OPTIONAL!!!