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Calling all funhogs

Brent Gardner-Smith

If you don’t have fun in Aspen this weekend, you are not trying very hard. But sometimes getting off the couch can be hard. Here’s a strategy.

Today, go up to Highlands and have breakfast at the Thunderbowl Cafe. Then, go watch the Grand Prix snowboard slalom event. The first run takes place on Thunderbowl from 9 to 10:15 a.m. The final runs are from noon to 1 p.m. Aspen’s Chris Klug is expected to compete.

Tonight, go check out the body-painted platinum-blonde dancers at NXT, which is where Club Chelsea used to be. There is a $10 cover, but event organizers are saying that it should be really something inside, so wear “chrome” and give it a go.

On Saturday, you’re gonna have to pace yourself. The parallel giant slalom snowboard events will take place at Highlands on the same schedule on Friday. And Klug is expected to dominate.

So check that out, and then boogie back to Ajax for the KickAspen snowboard big-air event from 3 to 6 p.m., which should be a hoot. The event is better under the lights, and may return to a night event next year, but it is still among the most popular and easiest event to watch of all the events held in Aspen/Snowmass.

And, yes, there is a beer garden to help make the jumps look bigger.

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From 6 to 9 p.m., you are on your own, but at 9 p.m. you can fall back into the program and head out on the Saturday night Pub Crawl, which includes consumption of cold beverages and different locales all within stumbling distance of one another.

It’s probably best to be a great-looking young person to take part in this event, but then again, by midnight, everyone will probably at least feel, if not look, like a great-looking young person.

Sunday’s another big day, so you are going to have get out of bed by at least noon to head down to the Dash for Cash on Aspen Mountain. This event will be the first chance in a long time for you to see a real live girl, in a bikini, outdoors, in Aspen. There may, in fact, be two of them, both holding a wad of cash to give to the first hardy chuckleheaded skier to make it down Ajax and through “Hell on Nell.”

Then, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Gretchen Bleiler may claim total dominance in the snowboard halfpipe competition. And whether she does or doesn’t, the Vandals are going to be making lots of noises against society at the base of Buttermilk in a free punk-rock concert.

But after that, you’re truly on your own.

Weekend weather, by the way, is going to be blustery. Today will be breezy and mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and rain with temps in the 30s.

Saturday and Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow with temps maybe in the upper 30s.

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