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Inferno race at Aspen Highlands reset for Sunday

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The Inferno race up and down Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands, which had been scheduled Saturday morning, has been pushed back 24 hours and will take place Sunday instead.

Snow and wind on Friday affected conditions for the race. Avalanche control needs to be done on Saturday, the Aspen Skiing Co. said.

The 9th annual Inferno will start Sunday at 10 a.m. from the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol monument on Loge Peak, just below the top of the Deep Temerity Lift. The course follows its historic route: From Mousetrap up to Highland Peak, then down the gut of the Bowl to the finish on Bear Hollow Road at the base of the Deep Temerity Lift.



The race offers five categories: male and female competitive, male and female recreational, and the junior division for racers ages 12 to 17. Registration is limited to 125 adults and 25 juniors.

Participants may register 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 until 9 a.m. sharp. Thereafter, late registration continues until the start at the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol headquarters at the top of Loge Peak.




 Registration costs $30 and includes a T-shirt plus raffle entry and prize giveaways at the post-race party. Also, cash prizes await each divisional winner. (Racer lift tickets are available for $48 and racers will be able to utilize a secure area for gear stowage at the base of the Deep Temerity Lift during the race). For further information, call 970-544-3011.

 Racers must be at the top of the Loge Peak Lift by 9:45 a.m. Sunday for a pre-race briefing, and both divisions feature a mass start. Going by the numbers, the course includes 840 feet of climbing and 2,512 feet of descent.

Racers are encouraged to wear helmets but leashes and/or brakes for skis or snowboard 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 ” flailers will be DQ’d. “And so will anybody who passes me,” joked chief of race Bruno Contuli.

The post-race party will be held at the patrol headquarters at the top of Loge from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m., featuring awards, raffle, refreshments and grub. 


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