Skico planning to go big with high-flying ‘Thanksjibbing’ |

Skico planning to go big with high-flying ‘Thanksjibbing’

Aspen Mountain will be the center of the “new-school” universe during “Thanksjibbing” weekend, says the Aspen Skiing Co., with some of the best ski and snowboard athletes in the world taking on a 26-foot-high wall at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Oddly, the “jibbing” in “Thanksjibbing” doesn’t involve giblets. Rather, it is a term used to describe terrain-park riding ” whether jumping, rail riding or sliding ” on skis or a snowboard.

The big day ” Nov. 29 ” will feature Team Aspen/ Snowmass and other athletes riding the wall during the first concert in the Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series. The show, at the base of Ajax at the end of the ski day, will feature Columbia recording artists Fingertight.

“This event will showcase the evolution of the sport and its synergy with cutting-edge music,” said Chris Davenport, a Team Aspen/Snowmass member in a Skico press release. “I think the energy created will be off the hook.”

The party is the Skico’s answer to the lack of a World Cup ski race this year. In recent years, Thanksgiving weekend has featured two women’s World Cup races, but Aspen was passed up by the circuit this season.

Skico’s marketing and public relations department had been promising something big to replace the World Cup, and this gathering of top “new-school” athletes is it.

The public will have a number of chances to meet the members of Team Aspen/Snowmass, including former world extreme champion Davenport, X Games Superpipe gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler, Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug, X games competitor Steel Spence and Olympic halfpipe medalist J.J. Thomas.

Team Aspen/Snowmass is comprised of athletes sponsored by the Skico who compete in events around the world. Because their disciplines vary widely, they seldom work together as a “team,” except for special events like the Thanksjibbing Day celebration.

The athletes will be at the guest service center on top of Aspen Mountain at 11 a.m. on Nov. 29 for an hour of skiing and riding with the public. They will be at the Sundeck restaurant at noon for lunch and in the lower gondola plaza from 2 to 3 p.m. for an autograph signing session.

The Thanksjibbing Wall Ride Exhibition and the concert with Fingertight, a California high-intensity, post-punk, rock ‘n’ roll band, begins at 6 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain. Athletes will ski or ride down Little Nell under the lights and then hit the giant wall.

Two other bands have been confirmed for upcoming concerts in the Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series. On Dec. 28 the Riddlin’ Kids will perform in conjunction with the Bud Light Big-Air at Snowmass, and on Jan. 27 The Offspring will perform in Aspen after the Aspen Rail Revolution.

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