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Race to save lives

Aspen Times Staff

If you’re looking for a great event this weekend, check out the 11th annual Zebulon Race on Saturday at Snowmass.The race, in honor of former Roaring Fork High School student Zeb Piffer, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Spyder Sabbich course. Registration for skiers and snowboarders begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Cirque Cafe, on the far end of the Snowmass Village mall.The event raises money to provide local students with scholarships and urges participants to combat drunken driving and alcohol-related accidents.Since Piffer’s death, the Zebulon has become a valleywide event, and organizers expect more than 200 participants at this year’s races. The Zebulon has raised more than $75,000 for scholarships in its first 10 years.Competitors are required to sign a contract that states they will never drive under the influence of alcohol. For a $40 entry fee, each competitor receives a lift ticket, a T-shirt, lunch and a chance at great prizes.Raffle prizes include snowboards and skis. Race entry is $30 for those with Aspen/Snowmass ski passes. For more information, contact Diane Corbett at 384-5758 or Chris Hays at 704-1104.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate near and above treeline. Below treeline the danger is low, with pockets of moderate on steeper slopes.Recent triggered and natural avalanches show that the bond of the snow from the last storm is a concern in some locations. The most likely avalanche areas will be steep wind-loaded terrain near and above treeline.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or 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.