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An Irish jam at Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS ” Party like you’re Irish.

That’s the word on Monday, when Snowmass goes green for its fifth-annual St. Patrick’s Day bash, fea­turing live music, giveaways, traditional Irish fare and oth­er shamrock-centric festivities.

The Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt begins at 9 a.m. Clues will be released on the hour at the base of all ski lifts and on KSPN radio to lead kids and adults to prizes on Snowmass Mountain that range from gift certificates at local shops and dinner at The Artisan to grand prizes such as a Blazing Adventures raft trip.



Throughout the afternoon, a bagpipe and drum band periodically will parade down the Snowmass Village mall, while dancers perform traditional Irish jigs and reels.

There will be fun for kids on the mall from 12 to 4 p.m., and of-age celebrants can raise a pint to the Irish at the beer garden. Green beer and specialty drinks, along with traditional Irish fare, will be available on the mall from noon to ­5 p.m.




Free concerts will take place on the mall throughout the afternoon. Mondragon, a Celtic folk-renaissance group that puts unique new twists on traditional favorites, and jam band Outformation, which has played Bonnaroo and opened for Widespread Panic, both are scheduled to per­form.

Catch Mondragon from 2:15-3:15 p.m. and from 3:45-­4:45 p.m. Outformation is on stage from 3:30-5 p.m.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on local slopes in its Sunday morning snow report.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Sunday, March 16:

The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is rated at considerable on all aspects near and above treeline today. Pay close attention to slopes facing N-E-S at these higher elevations. Slabs that formed as a result of west winds could be very tender today. Below treeline, avalanche danger is rated moderate. Human-triggered avalanches are still possible here as well.

Travel in the backcountry this weekend will require a good set of avalanche skills to stay safe. Pay close attention to the information the snowpack will give you. A few observations that will help you choose safe terrain include observing recent avalanches and what aspect and elevation they are occurring on, looking and listening for cracking and whumfing in the snowpack, and carefully avoiding steeper slopes that have been loaded by recent wind events. Be safe out there today!

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.

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