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Burn, baby burn

ASPEN Aspen Highlands’ legendary Inferno race returns Saturday for its seventh installment.The race begins at 10 a.m. just below the top of the Deep Temerity lift. The race will follow the same route that has been testing the mettle of racers, young and old, since its inception. Competitors will descend Broadway past the patrol monument, then ascend Mousetrap, picking up their skis or snowboards on their way past patrol headquarters. Then, the harrowing hike up the ridge to the top of Highland Bowl begins.Once they reach the peak, competitors will descend through 16 control gates and through the run-out to the finish line at the base of the Deep Temerity lift. All told, the route includes an 840-foot vertical climb and 2,512-foot descent. Race crews will mark the descent route with bamboo poles today, so racers can familiarize themselves with the line. Racers can also ride the lift early, starting at 8 a.m., to inspect the course.This year’s Inferno will feature five categories: male and female competitive, male and female recreational, and junior (ages 12-17). All divisional winners will receive a cash reward.The field is limited to 125 adults and 25 juniors. Those interested in testing their resolve can register at the Aspen Highlands guest services booth from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Day-of-race registration closes at 9 a.m., but late registration will continue at patrol headquarters until the start. Registration costs $30, and lift tickets are available for $42.Racers should be at the top of the Loge Peak chairlift by 9:45 a.m. Saturday for a pre-race briefing. Competitors are strongly encouraged to wear helmets and must have leashes or brakes for their equipment. Each racer may use only one pair of boots. For the latest race information, call 544-3048. Sunday is the tentative make-up date for a postponed race.Ski patrol is looking for volunteers. Interested parties can call 544-3062 for more information.A post-race awards party is scheduled for 4:20 p.m. at the base of the mountain.

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