Jam and Dash

Aspen Times staff report

Most of the action on the hill this weekend can be found at Snowmass, where Spring Jam is centered. There are a few gems saved for Aspen, however. Here’s the skinny:


Locals like Steele Spence, Doran Layborn and Peter and Michael Olenick will compete for $10,000 in prize money beginning at 7 p.m. under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain in KickAspen Big Air.


Snowmass is the center of the amateur universe Saturday, with three events ” Am Jam ” for folks of all ages and abilities. All the action takes place at the halfpipe. Register at the Snowmass Ticket Pavilion beginning at 7 a.m.

The Freeskier Magazine Jib Fest begins at noon. It’s open to pros and ams, and Freeskier will be on site photographing everything. Next: the Wild Tube Race. It requires a helmet, a tube and a partner. The best rides will split $1,000 in prize money.

The real spirit of Spring Jam can be found in an event that originally had nothing to do with Spring Jam ” the Dash For Cash. Amateurs race Saturday; the pros on Sunday. A pair of skis/snowboard will be awarded to the first amateur skier and snowboarder to clear the final obstacle. Call 925-2426 for more information.

Downtown Aspen will be transformed when hip-hop performers, DJ Quotethebeatmaker, break-dancers, go-go girls and special effects will take over during the Core Party from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Spectator-favorite Dash for Cash (the real one with the pros) is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the Snowmass halfpipe. (Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the halfpipe.) It’s an all-out brawl that has some of the resort’s top athletes crawling over each other to win $7,500 in prize money and a picture with the bikini-clad babe at the top.

The FusionPipe Concert starts at noon. And Spring Jam closes out with a pub crawl from bar to bar on the Snowmass Village Mall. Sponsor Bud Light is making its brew cheap enough to guarantee a DUI for anyone dumb enough to drive.