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Snow Angels fly in Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen CO, Colorado

SNOWMASS ” The inaugural Snow Angels Invitational continues today at Snowmass, featuring top pro women snowboarders competing for more than $20,000 in prize money.

The action started Friday with action in the superpipe and quarterpipe at Snowmass. It resumes today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The competition will include a jam session contest with full superpipe runs, followed by a one-hit contest awarding the rider who throws the best trick.

Expected to compete are Aspen’s own Gretchen Bleiler, along with Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Tricia Byrnes, Elena Hight, Molly Aguirre, Clair Bidez, Soko Yamaoka, Kaitlyn Farrington, Shiho Nakashima, Ellery Hollingsworth, Paulina Ligocka, Lizzy Beerman, Meg Pugh and Manuela Pesko.



On Sunday, athletes will have a photo shoot at the Snowmass superpipe and quarterpipe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with viewing open to the public. Several pros will also teach at the Snow Angels Terrain Park Boot Camp on Fanny Hill from noon to 3 p.m. The Boot Camp welcomes new rail and park riders (both skiers and snowboarders) to learn from top coaches and pros.

More than a pipe contest, the weekend also features spa activities, yoga, environmental workshops, cooking workshops and a night out on the town for the athletes. The Girls Night Out at Fly Lounge in Aspen is tonight, and will open to the public at 11 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. A portion of the proceeds will benefit an environmental foundation of Bleiler’s choice.




She dreamed up the weekend of action for the women pros, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.

The invitational concludes this year’s Spring Jam series of weekend events.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 1 inch of new snow over the past 24 hours at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain in its Saturday morning report. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk received no new snow.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Saturday, April 4:

Avalanche danger for the Aspen zone has pockets of considerable danger on steep, wind-loaded slopes facing N-NE-E-SE near and above treeline. Several layers of storm snow and wind slabs on these aspects will make natural avalanches possible and human-triggered ones probable in steeper terrain. Avalanche danger on the other aspects near and above treeline and on all slopes below treeline is moderate.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.


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