Aspen goes AWOL with wallride |

Aspen goes AWOL with wallride

Aspen Times Staff

With the Vandals providing background music Sunday, Jan. 29, skiers and snowboarders will take turns scaling a 30-foot wall at the bottom of the Little Nell run on Aspen Mountain.The Aspen AWOL competition is a jam format, where competitors will judge one another on the number, range, difficulty and quality of the tricks. Athletes will compete for a $10,000 prize purse.Last year, Pep Fujas finished first among skiers, Mickael Deschenaux was second, and Rory Silva and Steele Spence tied for third. Eddie Wall finished first among snowboarders, with Ryan Lougee in second and Colin Langlois third. Not only will the public be able to view the competition in the Gondola Plaza thanks to a giant Budweiser screen, but fans will also be able to meet Snowmass Village native, Winter X Games gold medalist and 2006 Olympian Gretchen Bleiler, who will be signing autographs in the plaza’s Napster Booth from 3-5 p.m.

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