America’s Uphill returns to Aspen |

America’s Uphill returns to Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

There are only a few days left to register for one of Aspen’s most grueling tests of stamina.

America’s Uphill on Aspen Mountain returns Saturday, March 15. Start time is 7 a.m. Registration is now open at the Ute Mountaineer in downtown Aspen or online at

Attracting hundreds of racers each year, the event brings together snowshoers; competitors on nordic, telemark and randonee gear; and those who tromp up the slopes in tennis shoes and traction devices. The 2.5-mile trek up Aspen Mountain boasts more than 3,200 feet of lung-busting vertical gain.

America’s Uphill is sponsored by the city of Aspen, Ute Mountaineer, the Aspen Skiing Co., Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol, Black Diamond and Kahtoola.

This year, the race is dedicated to Scott Edmondson and Fritz Stammberger. It was Edmondson’s vision that created the first America’s Uphill and spawned a whole genre of uphill racing in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Edmondson was inspired by Stammberger’s awesome abilities in the mountains and originally dedicated the race to him, challenging the racers to beat the one-hour barrier on Aspen Mountain that Stammberger established in the 1960s.

Edmondson died last August of cancer.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on local slopes over the past 24 hours in its Wednesday morning snow report.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Wednesday, March 12:

The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is moderate on all aspects and elevations. Before traveling on steep slopes, evaluate the bonding between layers of the upper snowpack.

Go to for the full report and information on conditions statewide.


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