Are you feeling the need for speed on skis?
Area residents and visitors have the opportunity to ski faster than the legal limits on Highway 82 during the Aspen Speed Series this weekend. The races, featuring a super G and downhill, will be Friday through Sunday on Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk (on the Tiehack side).
The super G, a new addition to the 26-year-old Aspen Times Town Race Series, will be Friday. Added at the request of the competitors, it is faster than a giant slalom but has more turns than a downhill. Racers can inspect the course from 9-11 a.m., after which they will be allowed to ski the hill, one at a time. The one-run race starts at 12:30 p.m.Downhill training will be on Saturday, with the Town Downhill competition on Sunday. Course inspection is from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, with downhill training runs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The single-run competition is at 11 a.m. Sunday. Long skis (at least 195 centimeters) are recommended. Helmets are required. Competitors from across the state are expected to participate.
Race registration will be at Bumps Restaurant at the base of Buttermilk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is $60 for an individual to enter, or $300 for a team of six. Racer lift tickets are available for $40 per day.Combined points from the super G and downhill will crown the Aspen Speed Champion. Awards will be at the Cantina in Aspen from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with free beer, snacks, prizes and video replay of the weekend’s competitions. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Speed racing continues the following week with a two-day speed camp by Tache Racing on Feb. 15 and 16 ($60), and the Rocky Mountain Masters super G and downhill Feb. 17-19.For more information, call 544-3005 or visit http://www.AspenSnowmass.com/racing.
Despite being a big star, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen has frequently connected with the young AVSC athletes while training at Aspen Highlands over the years.