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Aspen Skiing Co. announces spring events

Staff report

Aspen Skiing Co. on Tuesday announced events for its upcoming spring programming highlighted by concerts, ski and snowboard competitions, and special on-mountain events.

Here's the breakdown:

Bud Light Hi-Fi ConcertS

March 25, 4 p.m., Snowmass Base Village — Moon Taxi.

April 8, 4 p.m., Snowmass Base Village — The Main Squeeze.

Freestyle Friday

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March 31, Aspen Highlands, Scarlett's Run — Freestyle Friday returns to the Spring Jam calendar after a 13-year hiatus with skiers racing side-by-side down a course consisting of 400 feet of bumps, two skier-cross banking turns, a spine jump, a big-air jump and a rail slide.

Sunset Skiing

March 31, Aspen Mountain — Sunset skiing allows guests to ski Aspen Mountain past normal operating hours. The Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express will run until 6 p.m., and the Sundeck will host a party until 9:30 p.m.

Banked Slalom

April 1, Snowmass — The local snowboarding community gathers for a day of fast-turning and friendly competition. Entry fee is $30 and advance registration is required. Registration opens March 1.

Elk Mountain Grand Traverse

April 1, Crested Butte to Aspen — The 40-mile backcountry ski race begins at midnight in Crested Butte and climbs more than 7,800 vertical feet before finishing in Aspen. The race is done in teams of two.

Bacon Appreciation Day

April 2, Buttermilk — All things bacon — including bacon waffles at the summit in the morning, bacon samplers around the mountain, kids games in the base area and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps restaurant — will be offered at no charge while they last. A cost is associated with the lunches and happy hour. Buttermilk also will host the Fueled by Bacon Sizzle Up uphilling event starting at 8 a.m. at the base of Buttermilk and finishing at the Cliffhouse.

Smith Optics Grudge Match

April 2, Buttermilk — This snowboard-only rail jam event includes a head-to-head bracket style competition, with the winner claiming $1,000 in cash and a pair of Smith I/O goggles. Registration is free. Call 970-925-9373 for more information.

Schneetag

April 9, 1:30 p.m. Aspen Highlands — Teams of four will pilot down a slope and attempt to float across a 20-by-50-foot pond. Each team will present a theme and perform a skit before they descend. Entry is free, but pre-registration online is required.

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