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Need for speed?

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN You don’t have to be a ski racer to be, well, a ski racer, in Aspen.The 27th season of the Aspen Times Town Race Series kicks off at Aspen Highlands with a free race clinic Saturday, Dec. 30. Mike Tache and Chip Chilson, along with other local coaches, will lead the clinic, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can sign up at Crust, the restaurant in Aspen Highlands Village, from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.An après party will follow the clinic at 4 p.m. at Zane’s tavern (formerly McStorlies) in Aspen. There will be prize drawings, snacks and free beer.The series has long been open to all – competitors include skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders, from novice to expert. Experienced skiers compete in the advanced league on Saturdays. Snowboarders, telemarkers and novice skiers compete Sundays in the recreational division. In short, the Town Race Series offers locals a way to improve their skills and “have a ball doing it,” said Aspen Skiing Co. race coordinator Scott Nichols.The series includes three giant slalom competitions and three slaloms between January and March. There is also a speed series super G and downhill on Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk, Feb. 9-11. The cost for the super G is $30, the downhill is $60, or $80 for both. Racers of all ages are welcome for the six-race series and can enter as individuals or as teams. Entry fees are $25 per race for an individual, or $125 for a team of six. Entry fees for the whole season are $125 per individual, or $600 per team of six.For the full season race schedule, see http://www.aspentimes.com/skiing.