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It’s Friday " go big

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Big air is back.

Familiar faces and a new crop of up-and-comers will be flying off the big jump on Fanny Hill at Snowmass, starting today, when Big Air Fridays return to the slope. As always, the weekly spectacle promises oohs, ahs and a few spills as a mostly local contingent of young skiers and snowboarders compete for cash and bragging rights.

The action starts at 2 p.m. each Friday, today through April 4, with a 40-minute jam session of jumping before a crowd of onlookers. Athletes get in as many jumps as they can before the judges, who then choose four skiers and four boarders to throw one final trick for the prize money. Each week, first-place finishers take home a cool $300. Second place is worth $150 and third place pays $75.

Athletes attaining the most points by the end of the series win an extra $500.

To qualify to participate, athletes must have either competed in a past Big Air event or successfully land a big-air jump with a Snowmass ski patroller as a witness.

The laid-back event typically attracts young guns on the freestyle scene; local teens are frequent contenders and the contests provide a proving ground for Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard team members.

Once the aerial acrobatics are finished, live music on the Snowmass mall each Friday from 3-4:30 p.m. keeps the apres-ski scene hopping. Later, at 7 p.m., fireworks light up the sky over Fanny Hill (at 8 p.m. after March 9).

Snowmass picked up 9 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Friday morning snow report. Aspen Highlands got 5 inches, and Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk each received 4 inches.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for the Aspen zone on Friday, Feb. 15:

The avalanche danger is considerable on all aspects and elevations near and above treeline. Natural avalanches will be possible and human-triggered ones probable in areas with newly formed wind slabs. Below treeline, avalanche danger is moderate on all aspects and elevations.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for more details and information on conditions statewide.


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