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Feel the burn

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen, CO ColoradoGLENWOOD SPRINGS Teams have already begun training for the second annual 24 Hours of Sunlight, an endurance race that challenges athletes to hike up, then ski, snowboard or snowshoe down the mountain.This year’s event takes place on the slopes of Sunlight Mountain outside of Glenwood Springs on Feb. 3-4 and will feature a new course spread out over two ski runs. Last year’s winners completed 32 laps and covered a world-record 50,100 vertical feet.Teams that register in 2006 will receive a $25 discount per person and will be entered to win an alpine touring package that includes skis, boots, bindings, and poles. The prize package, which was donated by Ute City cycles, is valued at $2,000.”Our on-mountain team is excited to have the event come back. They worked on the course this summer,” Sunlight general manager Tom Jankovsky said in a news release. “This proved to be a great way to showcase our mountain to outdoor adventure enthusiasts and this year should be even bigger.”Aspen’s Mike Marolt came up with the idea for the race in 2005 and, because of its inaugural success, he decided to keep it going.”You don’t have to be an extreme athlete or train all year,” he said in a news release. “You just have to grab a bunch of your more adventurous friends and go for it. There were couples, singles, old and young. Everyone had a great time.”For those interested in registering, an updated schedule of events and volunteer opportunities, visit 24hoursofsunlight.com. For sponsorship information, contact Jaime Rauch of Real Time Marketing at 920-7278.Avalanche reportNorthwest flow on the backside of yesterday’s low pressure trough has created gusty winds over the Northern and Central Mountains. Winds will back to westerly as the trough moves eastward. A series of weak distur bances moving through the westerly flow will create periods of orographic snow for most of the mountains. The first ripple will cross Colorado overnight tonight and the second will arrive tomorrow night favoring the Northern Mountains. Snow accumulations will not be large with each individual wave, but they could add up through the week. Associated gusty winds over the Northern and Central Mountains will continue to be a problem with these fast moving systems. An observer noted a couple of small slides in western Summit County on wind loaded east aspects. The extent of natural activity is unknown as visibility has been limited. For more on local avalanche conditions, go to http://www.rfavalanche.org.