Spring Jam rocks ’til the lifts close
Aspen Times Staff Writer
There’s only three days left in the ski season, but that doesn’t mean there’s any lack of fun on the slopes.
The Aspen Skiing Co. is planning to close out the season this weekend with plenty of activities as part of the weeklong 180 Spring Jam celebration.
The Spring Jam, the Skico’s farewell to winter, slowed down a bit during the middle of this week after a heavy agenda of events last weekend. But the party picks up again today with exhibitions and apres parties, all designed to get people on the slopes before the lifts shut down on Sunday.
Finding skiable snow has been a challenge in recent days due to the warm weather, but Skico officials insist there’s still plenty of skiable terrain to go around.
“It’s hanging in there,” said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. “I came off the top of Snowmass [Tuesday afternoon], and it gets a bit challenging and tricky there at the bottom, but I think it will hang around until Sunday.”
Exhibitions will gear up again at 10 a.m. today with the speedcross, a race that will feature both skiercross and boardercross races on Aspen Mountain. The event is open to the public and, with over $1,000 in cash up for grabs, should see a big turnout.
Jazz/funk act The Motet will play Friday’s free outdoor concert at the bottom of the mountain in the late afternoon.
The weekend will kick off with a slopestyle competition beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday on Aspen Mountain. Like its sibling event, the speedcross, the slopestyle will offer $1,000 cash to top competitors as well as free gifts. Once the event winds down later Saturday afternoon, the Black Eyed Peas will play a free show at the Silver Queen Gondola plaza, followed by an after party at the Double Diamond Saturday night.
The Jam will wind up Sunday with “Retro ’70s Day,” complete with costumes and cover bands.
In addition to the usual product demos at the base of Aspen Mountain, Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug will turn out for the highlight of the day – the Klug Retro Fun Race. The giant slalom race is open to all ages and even allows intermediate-level skiers and boarders to turn out and meet Aspen’s latest Olympian.
The last event of the day and the Spring Jam itself, the free outdoor concert by cover band Boogie Machine, will feature a contest for the best ’70s-themed outfit.
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