Area sports briefs | AspenTimes.com

Area sports briefs

Bleiler to preside over snowboarding inviteSNOWMASS Aspen snowboarding queen Gretchen Bleiler already has her own Olympic medal. Now she’s got her own snowboarding invitational.Sorry boys, this one’s just for the ladies.The inaugural Gretchen Bleiler Invitational will be held April 4-6 at Snowmass in conjunction with the three-week long Spring Jam celebration.Organized by the Aspen Skiing Company and Team Aspen/Snowmass, the event will bring together the world’s best female snowboarders for a competition and photo shoot at the new Snowmass superpipe. The invitational includes cash incentives for how riders perform in the park, as well as off-snow activities including spa services, yoga and an environmental workshop for participating athletes. “Our goal is to create a totally unique, one-of-a-kind event,” said Bleiler in a Skico news release. “The girls can compete, win prize money and get shots for magazines and their sponsors, gaining exposure for themselves and our sport in a low-pressure, end-of-the-season environment. It will be a fun, productive and progressive weekend, with the added benefit of building environmental awareness within the industry.”Junior Hockey hosts Bring a Friend eventASPEN Aspen Junior Hockey is hosting its “Bring a Friend to Hockey Night” from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Lewis Ice Arena. Free skate rentals, pizza, drinks and T-shirts will be available for all participants. Coaches will be there to skate with the kids at the free skate session. There also will be some equipment available for kids to use. Replay Sports and SharpeEdge will be at the ARC with discounted equipment for sale. This event is a great opportunity for first-time players to sign up for the Initiation Program (boys and girls, ages 5-8) or the In House program (boys, ages 8-13). For more information, go to http://www.aspenjuniorhockey.com.Wells Fargo wins valley flag football championshipASPEN Wells Fargo of Aspen won the first annual valley flag football championship earlier this month after downing the tournament’s top seed, Aspen Goes Deep, in the final. Both Aspen teams eliminated two teams from Carbondale – the Fighting Trojans and G-Unit Carb – in the opening round of the tournament. Davenport signs his new bookASPEN Snowmass Village big-mountain skier will be signing his new book “Ski the 14ers” at the Ute Mountaineer from 5-6 p.m. Dec. 14. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Paul at the Ute Mountaineer at 925-2849 or e-mail paul@utemountaineer.com.Challenge Aspen kicks off winter camp seasonASPEN Challenge Aspen opens its 12th winter camp season when it hosts 11 senior students from the Tennessee School for the Blind on Dec. 7-13. Challenge Aspen staff will provide skiing instruction to the students while also hosting four chaperones and 20 volunteers from the Tennessee school. In addition to snow sports, the Nashville group will be treated to trips to Aspen for dining and shopping and to the Glenwood Hot Springs.For more information on Challenge Aspen and its recreational and cultural offerings for individuals with disabilities or to volunteer, go to http://www.challengeaspen.org.New winter cross-country race setASPEN The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is hosting a new winter cross-country race on the Rio Grande Trail between Aspen and Basalt on Jan. 19.Participants can either use cross-country skis or snowshoes.The race starts at 10 a.m. at Stein Park on Cemetery Lane in Aspen and finishes in Basalt. There is a stop at the eight-mile mark in Woody Creek; the entire race is 19 miles long. All levels are encouraged to participate. Early registration entrance fees are $30 for an individual, or $40 for a family. All participants are invited to a post-race party at Roaring Fork Club river cabin from 3-5 p.m. This is a fun family event with refreshments along the way, a costume contest and an awards ceremony at the end of the race. For more information, or to register, go to http://www.rfov.org.Local running club meetsASPEN A local running club meets at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday in front of the Aspen Athletic Club on Hyman Avenue for a group run, followed by coffee. For more information, contact Katie at 925-3025.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.