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Time to celebrate

Aspen Times Staff

As the 2005-06 ski season reaches its final stretch, multiple events promise to add to the festive atmosphere.Things get under way Friday with a full-moon party at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. Drink specials, dining and the music of Smokin’ Joe Kelly promise to entertain those who decide to attend. Uploading on the Silver Queen Gondola begins at 5:30 p.m. and will cost $5 for season pass-holders and $10 for those who do not have a pass. The ride is free for Aspen Skiing Co. employees and children younger than 3. Tickets are available at the gondola plaza ticket windows. For more information, call 429-6974.The premier of Snowmass’ Junkyard Jam will close out the season Easter Sunday. A skateboard-style terrain park – featuring jib features such as cleaned oil drums, a lift tower and gondola cabin – will be on the skier’s right of the halfpipe, underneath the Village Express lift. About 40 athletes will compete for top honors and prize money.Foot passengers can access the events via the Burlingame chairlift. Local and regional skiers ad snowboarders are welcome to register for the competition. A barbecue and beer garden will round out the festivities, and the day will close with the final installment of the Bud Light Hi-Fi concert series. A show featuring Djate and the Rockers is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. near the Spider Sabich picnic area.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is low near and above treeline, increasing with warming temperatures. Below treeline the danger is moderate, increasing with warmer temperatures.After a couple of cooler days and some well-frozen snow at all but the lowest elevations, it is time again to get that pre-dawn start. Plan spring tours to be at higher elevations near sunrise and to be off the snow before things get too warm. Also check the aspects of the slopes that you will be traveling. The E facing slopes will heat up first, followed by the S aspects. By mid-day, warmer temps will begin to affect all aspects, especially at lower elevations.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.


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