Events resume for Aspen Spring Jam |

Events resume for Aspen Spring Jam

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Contributed photoIndie rock group The Airborne Toxic Event performs Friday in Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.

ASPEN – The second weekend of Spring Jam, the 12th annual celebration of the season at Aspen and Snowmass, kicks off with a free concert Friday in Aspen’s Gondola Plaza.

The Airborne Toxic Event, an indie rock band from Los Angeles, takes the concert stage at 8 p.m. The performance marks the band’s Aspen debut, but it will follow it up quickly with a gig at Belly Up on Saturday night.

In Snowmass, the Colorado Freeride Championships this weekend have been canceled because of snow conditions, but the weekly Big Air Fridays competition continues on the big Fanny Hill kicker. The action begins at 2 p.m.

Also at Snowmass, Terrain Park Boot Camp continues Saturday and Sunday. Coaches and athletes will teach beginners how to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick. From teens to parents, this is open to anyone interested in learning the ropes of the terrain park. It will be open from noon to 3 p.m. both days. Participation is free, but helmets are required, and minors need a waiver signed by a guardian.

On Saturday, the fourth annual Fallen Friends memorial event at Aspen Highlands will memorialize fallen friends and raise money for the Aspen Ski and Snowboard Club. This competition featured 27 teams and 102 costumed participants last year, hitting a course of bumps, rails, jumps and other features at the bottom of Scarlett’s. Registration is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The competition starts at noon. Grab a seat on the patio at the Merry-Go-Round to watch.

Finally, Sunday brings the Battle in the Bowls competition at Highlands. Teams of two will race, skiing or riding the many bowls at Highlands as quickly as possible. The course won’t be revealed until registration on Sunday. GPS devices will track participants as they charge around the mountain.

An after-party with music from DJ Naka G will be at Highlands Pizza Co. at the base of the mountain.

Visit for details about all of the events.

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