Spring Jam, part II
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS ” Schnee Tag might prove the highlight of the eighth-annual Spring Jam celebration at Aspen/Snowmass, a multi-week affair now in its second weekend.
Weekend No. 2 of the Jam began Friday night with De la Soul’s performance at the base of Aspen Mountain, but there’s plenty more fun on tap Saturday and Sunday, including the aforementioned Schnee Tag (pronounced “schnee tog,” we’re told), taking place Saturday on Fanny Hill at Snowmass.
The action begins at 3 p.m., when competitors who have been at work on specialized crafts put their engineering skills to the test. They must slide the craft down a hill before soaring (or not) over a 75-foot-by-20-foot pond. Teams of four will perform a skit before one member pilots the craft for its run. Teams will be judged on costume theme, creativity and flight distance for their craft.
Sunday brings the Battle in the Bowls at Aspen Highlands. Teams of two are challenged to ski the bowls (yeah, all of them), starting at 10 a.m. There are awards and $3,000 in prize money up for grabs for the top three teams, plus awards for the fastest bowl lap, slowest bowl lap, fastest time down the bowl, most vertical, most trails skied and most lift rides. GPS devices will track the teams. Go to http://www.aspensnowmass.com to register.
Also this weekend is the Aspen Klug Camp at Buttermilk, hosted by Aspen/Snowmass athlete and former Olympic snowboarder Chris Klug. The camp offers snowboarders (age 10 and older) instruction in halfpipe, boardercross, giant slalom and slalom disciplines from several experts, including Klug. The camp opened on Friday and continues through Sunday. Participation per day costs $175, including lesson, lift ticket and lunch. To register, call (877) 282-7736 or (970) 923-1227.
The Aspen Skiing Co. reported no new snow on local slopes over the past 24 hours in its Saturday morning snow report.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report on Saturday, March 29:
The avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is moderate on all aspects above treeline. Watch out for steep, wind-loaded and cross loaded pockets of slabs on these higher elevation slopes. Human-triggered avalanches are possible here. Near and below treeline, the avalanche danger is low on all aspects. Look for an increase in avalanche danger below treeline if we do get some rain today.
Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for the full report and information on conditions statewide.