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Up your jib, F.I.S.

JIB this, F.I.S.

The Federation Internationale de Ski may have spurned Aspen on World Cup scheduling this season, leaving the resort completely out of the loop, but the Aspen Skiing Co. answered back with style Saturday.

Thanksjibbing Day began officially at 11 a.m., when the likes of Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug and other elite athletes spent an hour or two taking runs with anyone who wanted to join them. As the ski day ended, the same athletes, including X Games champ Gretchen Bleiler, were signing autographs on the gondola plaza.

And then, as darkness set in, the games really began. Hundreds of people packed themselves under the lights to watch members of Team Aspen/Snowmass (including the two named above) fly down a narrow ramp and hit a jump that took them up a wall where they pulled all the maneuvers they had in their bag of tricks.

On a stage at the top of the wall, the L.A. band Fingertight was jamming away.

Not a bad answer, if you think about it. Still, it would have been better if the resort had been hosting World Cup, too. Maybe next year.

Warm temps over the weekend took a toll on the bases of both mountains. On Friday, according to Skico, the bases on top of Snowmass and Aspen were 36 and 26 inches, respectively. By Sunday, they were down to 31 inches and 21 inches. Part of that had to do with last week’s fresh snow settling down, but part of it no doubt had to do with the warm weather.

The National Weather Service is predicting warm temperatures to continue throughout the week. Today should be partly cloudy with highs in the 30s and lows between 10 and 20. The chance of snow is 40 percent. Tomorrow should be warm again, highs in the 30s, with a diminishing chance of snow. The trend is predicted to continue throughout the week.

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