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Calling local speed freaks

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Let’s try this again.

After a huge dump wiped out last weekend’s opening Aspen Times Town Race Series giant slaloms, the local series plans to kick off its season this Saturday and Sunday with back-to-back slaloms at Aspen Highlands.

Registration for both days of racing will be at CRUST Restaurant on the Highlands pedestrian mall between 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday’s race starts at 11 a.m., and Sunday’s at 11:30.

The scheduled giant slaloms for last weekend have been rescheduled for Jan. 19 and 20.

Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers of all levels are invited to race in the series.

Snowboarders, telemarkers and novice skiers compete in the recreational division on Sundays, while experienced racers ski in the advanced league on Saturdays.

Every race is followed by a party that includes prize give-aways, race video, snacks and free Bud Light courtesy of Orrison Distributing.

This season’s parties will be hosted at Zane’s Tavern (formerly McStorlies) from 4-5:30 p.m. following the races.

The race series includes three giant slalom competitions and three slalom competitions from January through March. There is also a super G and downhill at Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk on February 22-24. The cost for the super G will be $30 and the downhill is $60, or $80 for both.

Racers of all ages are welcome for the six-race series and can enter as individuals or as teams. Entry fees are $25 per race for an individual, or $125 for a team of six. Entry fees for the whole season are $125 per individual, or $600 per team of six.

To sponsor a team or to register individually, call 544-3005.

Snowmass picked up 5 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Thursday morning report. Aspen Mountain got 4 inches, and Highlands and Buttermilk both received 2 inches.

Avalanche danger in Aspen-area mountains has been downgraded from high to considerable at all aspects and at all elevations, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Says the CAIC’s Thursday forecast: “The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is overall considerable. Natural slides are possible and human-triggered avalanches are probable. You can expect avalanches on a variety of aspects, elevations, and slope angles. The snowpack is still tender and reactive, and will stay that way for a few more days at least.”

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