Alpine Bank and the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will be hosting its third annual Winter Whiteout on Feb. 11 and 12. Proceeds will benefit the valley’s largest youth organization.The weekend’s festivities kick off on Saturday afternoon with the Bob Beattie Endurance Challenge on Ajax. During the evening guests can ride the gondola up to the Sundeck for the Go for the Gold Gala, an event that includes food from the five-star Little Nell Hotel, wines from the Chateau Souverain and dancing. There will be both a silent and live auction as well and items include a walk on role on the NBC show ER and even rights to Car No.1 from the Silver Queen Gondola.Sunday is community day at Buttermilk. In addition to watching athletes compete in the Aspen/Snowmass open, guests can enjoy tubing on Panda Peak as well as an obtsacle course. A barbecue lunch will be served at the Inn at Aspen.AVSC, founded in 1937, is an organization that reaches nearly 1,800 children, according to AVSC marketing and development manager Alan Cole. In order to support its programs, AVSC sets out to raise more than $900,000 each year. Fees cover only 60 percent of total costs. Tickets for the gala are $300 per person. For more information, contact AVSC at 970-925-2720, extension 101.Snow reportThe Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting no new snow in the past 24 hours (or the past 48, for that matter). Aspen Mountain has a 52-inch base up top, Snowmass is sporting 67 inches, Highlands has a 76-inch base at its summit and Buttermilk has 41 inches.Avalanche reportAvalanche danger in the backcountry is moderate above treeline with pockets of considerable, and moderate at and below treeline.New snow and some beautiful weather have brought a lot of people out into the backcountry. Given the amount of new snow its still a good time to keep the avalanche eyes wide open. Take the time to evaluate the terrain and snowpack in the area where youre traveling and dont let a couple of old tracks on a slope be your only observation. Watch out for any wind-affected area above treeline as any avalanche triggered could be large enough to cause harm.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or 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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It’s that time of year — hikers and mountain bikers must be aware that seasonal closures are taking effect on multiple trails in the area today for the winter for the benefit of wildlife.