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New wackiness at Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report

Tired of the same old skiing and boarding?

Then head to Snowmass Saturday and take an adrenaline-pumping run in a kayak or on a bike.

It’s SnowFusion – a new addition to Banana Season, Snowmass’s annual spring fling.

Transplanted from Crested Butte, SnowFusion is very fast and more than a little crazy. The three featured races include a biathlon, a mountain bike slide and a downhill kayak race. The action takes place at the Spider Sabich Race Arena.

“It’s going to be the perfect end-of-season wackiness,” said Lee Ann Reed, special events manager for the Snowmass Village Resort Association. “It’s open to everyone from the average Joe to the professional. I think people will really enjoy this new addition.”

The tamest event of the three is the biathlon – race up on snowshoes and down on skis or a snowboard. For the mountain bike slide, don’t worry about bringing your own bike. Just make sure you crave speed, because braking is not an option. And that goes double for kayak downhill, in which neither braking nor steering are options.

Spectators are, of course, welcome.

There’s a $25 registration fee to race – $30 for those without a ski pass, but participants are guaranteed a T-shirt and a bag of goodies. The fun also includes giveaways and live music. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

SnowFusion’s biathlon starts at 10 a.m., the bike slide starts at 11 a.m. and the kayak downhill gets under way at 1 p.m. Snowshoes, bikes and kayaks will be provided for those who need them.

Other Banana Season fun includes: a banana split-eating contest today at 3:30 p.m., a bartenders drink contest at the Mountain Dragon at 4 p.m. Saturday, a banana hunt featuring a roundtrip domestic airline ticket on Sunday, and a Chicken Leg contest at the Cirque Cafe at 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be a sidewalk sale from Saturday through Tuesday at the Snowmass Village Mall.

For more information on any Banana Season event, call the SVRA at 923-2000.


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