Snow forces Snowmass to cancel race |

Snow forces Snowmass to cancel race

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS Lingering snow from a record winter of snowfall at Snowmass, combined with cool spring temperatures, has forced the resort to cancel the June 14-15 La Sportiva Trail Race Trifecta.Snowmass Village officials decided Friday to cancel the event, which was to use trails high on the mountain, where 450 inches of snowfall over the course of the past winter is still melting.In addition, the Burlingame chairlift at Snowmass, which had been expected to begin summer operation on June 6, wont begin running until June 14. Unfortunately the spectacular winter has summer consequences, and theres just too much snow up there right now, said town events manager Dave Elkan in a press release. We couldnt safely clear some of the higher trails of snow and debris in time for the race, and racer safety is our number one concern. The next event in the Snowmass Village summer schedule, the Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned Snowmassive Disc Golf Open, on June 20-22, has been pared down to 36 holes from the original 54, but will go on as planned. The event features three days of disc-golf competitions for cash and prizes. The resorts first festival of the season, the June 6-8 Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, will take place as scheduled on Fanny Hill at the bottom of the ski area. Early season plowing and a new drainage system on Fanny Hill has freed it from winters lingering grasp.

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