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The Inferno returns

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The eighth annual Inferno ” a race up, then down Highland Bowl ” returns Saturday at Aspen Highlands.

The race starts at 10 a.m. from the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol monument, just below the top of the Deep Temerity Lift. Racers will ascend to Highland Peak, then descend the gut of the bowl to the finish at the base of the Deep Temerity lift. The course includes 840 feet of climbing and 2,512 feet of descent.

The race features five categories: male and female competitive, male and female recreation and the junior division for racers ages 12 to 17. Registration is limited to 125 adults and 25 juniors.

Participants can register before Saturday between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aspen Highlands guest services booth at the base of the mountain.

Day-of-race registration will continue at the guest services booth until 9 a.m. sharp Saturday. Thereafter, late registration will continue until the start at the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of Loge Peak.

Registration costs $30 and includes a T-shirt plus raffle entry and prize giveaways at the post-race party. Cash prizes will be awarded to each divisional winner.

Racer lift tickets also are available for $44. Racers will be able to use a secure area for gear stowage at the base of the Deep Temerity Lift during the race.

Racers must be at the top of the Loge Peak lift by 9:45 a.m. for a pre-race briefing. Both divisions feature a mass start.

Participants are encouraged to wear helmets. Leashes and/or brakes for skis or snowboards are a must. During the hike, all racers must keep their skis/board in-line with their bodies as to allow for passing.

The post-race party will take place at the ski patrol headquarters from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. at the top of Loge Peak. Refreshments will be provided.

The Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol, the Inferno’s sanctioning body, also is seeking volunteers to help stage the event.

For more information, call 544-3011.

Snowmass received 6 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Thursday morning snow report. Aspen Highlands got 3 inches, and Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk each picked up 2 inches.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Thursday, Feb. 14:

The avalanche danger for the Aspen zone is considerable on slopes facing north through east through south to southwest near and above treeline. You will find pockets of considerable danger in steep-cross loaded or wind-loaded areas of slopes facing northwest and west at higher elevations. Below treeline the danger is moderate on all aspects. Extra caution will be required on those slopes facing southwest, south, and southeast where triggered avalanches have the potential to fail in deeper weak layers.

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


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