Slideshow: Dozens head up Independence Pass for the annual ‘Ski for the Pass’ |

Slideshow: Dozens head up Independence Pass for the annual ‘Ski for the Pass’

Cross-country skiers cruise up Highway 82 in Independence Pass Foundation benefit

A warm bluebird morning greeted the dozens of cross-country skiers who kicked and glided their way toward Independence Pass on Sunday for the annual “Ski for the Pass” race, which serves as a benefit for the Independence Pass Foundation.

The stretch of Highway 82 is closed to cars in the winter and is only groomed once each year for cross-country skiing in conjunction with the race. The one-way 7-kilometer (4.3 mile) course is almost entirely uphill and runs from the winter closure gate east of Aspen to the turnoff for Lincoln Creek Road.

The event raised $1,990 for the Independence Pass Foundation: $1,065 came from entry fees and $925 came from donations, according to information emailed by the nonprofit’s executive director Karin Teague. Race results are available at

The Ski for the Pass is part of the Aspen Cup Nordic Series, which concludes Feb. 27 with the Silverboom skate ski race at the Aspen Golf Course. For more information, visit

This story has been updated to include a link to race results and the total funds raised from the event.

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