Get climbing Aspen — America’s Uphill, Inferno race on tap for Saturday
Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands will host two of the area’s favorite winter events Saturday.
America’s Uphill will be held at 7 a.m. starting at the base of Aspen Mountain. This will be the 29th running of the event, a favorite for Randonee, telemark and Nordic skiers as well as runners and snowshoers.
The event begins at 7 a.m. on a course that climbs 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles to the Sundeck Restaurant at the top of Aspen Mountain. The cost is $40 for pre-registration and $50 on race day.
Pre-register at the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen until 4 p.m. Friday or online at http://www.utemountaineer.com until 11 p.m. Thursday. Race day registration will be held 6 to 6:30 a.m. at the Silver Queen Gondola building.
“Cost includes pain, raffle, awards and T-shirt,” says the Ute Mountaineer’s website. The T-shirts will be given to the first 275 participants who pick up their goody bag. A donation of $1 per registration will be given to Mountain Rescue Aspen.
Timing chips are mandatory and must be picked up between 6 and 6:45 a.m. on race day at the gondola building.
The awards ceremony and raffle will be held inside the Sundeck at 9:15 a.m.
Also on Saturday, the 17th annual Inferno race will be held at Aspen Highlands at 10 a.m. Participants will launch from the Aspen Highlands ski patrol monument just below the top of the Deep Temerity chairlift, climb Highland Peak and then go down any open trail in Highland Bowl to the finish on Bear Hallow Road at the base of the Deep Temerity lift.
Registration is open at the Aspen Highlands guest services booth at the base of the mountain from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Day-of-race registration will continue at the Guest Services booth-until 9 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes a T-shirt plus entry to the post-race party at the patrol’s lodge headquarters at noon.
There will be a secure area for racers to stow gear at the base of the Deep Temerity lift. A special lift ticket for $46 is available for those who need it. Call 970-544-3011 for more information.
Racers must be at the top of the Loge Peak Chairlift by 9:45 a.m. for a pre-race briefing, and all divisions feature a single mass start. Going by the numbers, the course includes 840 feet of climbing and 2,512 feet of descent.
Racers are required to wear helmets and leashes and/or brakes for skis or snowboards are a must.
“During the hike all racers must keep their skis/board in line with their bodies so as to allow for passing. And this isn’t just an etiquette thing,” said a statement from the Aspen Highlands ski patrol.
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