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Ride for the Pass remains scheduled for Saturday despite snow

The Independence Pass Foundation isn't letting the snowstorm put a damper on the annual Ride for the Pass.

Foundation executive director Karin Teague said the Colorado Department of Transportation road crew Thursday had Highway 82 clear up to the ghost town of Independence. Eight inches of snow blanketed higher elevations around Aspen during the storm that started Wednesday night.

Teague wanted to assure cyclists that the 23rd annual Ride for the Pass is still scheduled for Saturday.

"As of now the weather looks clear for Saturday and the ride is on," she said in an email sent Thursday. "Should the weather change or road conditions deteriorate, (Independence Pass Foundation) will keep registrants and the public posted via email and on our website and Facebook page."

Information can be found at http://www.independencepass.org.

The appeal of the ride is Highway 82 remains closed to vehicles. The event is a major fundraiser for the foundation.

Even if weather fouls the event, the post-ride party will be held at the St. Regis Hotel from 1 to 3:30 p.m.