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Race hard, party harder at Aspen Highlands on Saturday

ASPEN – Aspen Highlands will be the center of the universe on Saturday, at least the center of the local universe for fitness freaks and partiers.

The Inferno will be back for its 10th year. The race combines hiking up the ridge and skiing down Highland Bowl.

The race starts at 10 a.m. at the top of the Loge lift. There are competitive and recreational divisions, along with a junior classification for competitors ages 12 to 17.

The registration fee is $30. Registration is at the Highlands guest services desk. The fee includes an “Inferno 10” T-shirt, cash prizes, raffle entry for prize drawings and an awards party at 3 p.m. at Northwoods Lodge. The race is being presented by the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol.

After a hard day of racing, it will be time to kick up heels at the second annual Highlands Ball. The ball will be from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Merry-Go-Round restaurant. Uploading on the Exhibition chairlift will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Downloading will begin at 9:30 p.m. No skiing down will be allowed.

Tickets are $65 per person, which includes a buffet dinner with prime rib and a glass of wine or beer. A cash bar will be available. The band Nite Plane will perform.

The inaugural event was held last year to celebrate Highlands’ 50th anniversary. “The event was so successful, Highlands has decided to make this an annual event,” said the Aspen Skiing Co.

And like last year, “black tie and duct tape attire” is suggested.