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Pick: Hucks or ground chuck?

Nate Peterson

You can get a burger, chips, a cookie and a drink for just $5 Saturday at Aspen Highlands. There’s just one catch: You’ve got to hike to the top of Highland Bowl for lunch, because that’s where the grill is.Considering all the calories you’ll burn, don’t worry about asking for extra cheese when you get to the top.The Party on the Peak gets under way at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Veggie burgers will also be available at the grill. Cash is the only acceptable form of payment – unless you want to volunteer to help lug the grill back down the mountain.If you’re headed to Snowmass today or Saturday, check out the final two days of competition in the Colorado Freeride Championships. Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers will navigate the steeps and cliffs on the Hanging Valley Wall today, then take to the dicey Burnside Cliffs on Saturday. Both days of competition run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The best place to catch the action Saturday is from the deck at Gwyn’s High Alpine restaurant, atop the Alpine Springs lift. Freeskiing stars Kiffor Berg, Frank Shine, Cliff Bennett, Nick Devore and Jamie Britt are expected to compete.Bud Light Big Air Fridays also continue today at Snowmass starting at 2 p.m. Grab a beer on the deck of the Cirque Bar & Grill, or a slice of pizza at Goodfellows, then settle in to watch some of the area’s best skiers and riders launch off the massive jump on Fanny Hill, just across from the Snowmass mall. The big air contest begins with a 40-minute jam session, followed by a final featuring four riders and four skiers. A live band will also perform from 3-4:30 p.m., then fireworks at 7 p.m. above Fanny Hill.Snow report: Aspen Highlands is reporting 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s 3:30 a.m. snow report. Aspen Mountain picked up 5 inches, Snowmass has 4 and Buttermilk is reporting 3 inches of fresh stuff.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate above treeline. Near treeline the danger is low with pockets of moderate. Below treeline the danger is low. Keep and eye out for new windslab formation as the winds pick up. Northerly aspects that have a layer of faceted snow under these new windslabs will be a bit more sensitive to triggering. Some steeper slopes that have crusts under the new snow may see a bit of sloughing on this layer, also.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.


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