Aspen Town Race Series ready to roll
The Aspen Time
Racer ready …
Five, four, three, two , one … go!
The 34th annual Aspen Town Race Series is back for more ski racing — competitive and recreational — in Aspen.
Coldwell Banker Mason Morse took over this year as the title sponsor for the longest continuously running community race series in North America.
The 34th season will begin with a sign-up party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel in Aspen.
Racers can sign up for the series at today’s kickoff. There are six events scheduled, including three giant slaloms and three slalom events
Racing will begin Jan. 17 with a giant slalom at Aspen Highlands
On Jan. 24, a slalom will be held on North American at Aspen Mountain.
Another GS is set for Feb. 14 with another North American slalom at Ajax on Feb. 28.
A long, top-to-bottom giant slalom will be held March 14 at Highlands.
A March 21 slalom at Highlands will close the season.
In addition, several speed events are scheduled in the Aspen area. They include the John Meyer Memorial Super-G and Downhill on Feb. 20-22 on Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk.
Earlier, the Rocky Mountain Masters will stage a downhill, super-G, two giant slaloms and one slalom at Buttermilk on Feb. 2-8.
The annual BOOTech Super Combined will be March 28 on Golden Horn/Thunderbowl. It will include one run of super-G and one run of slalom.
Also this year, the Aspen Town Race Series will include a family class.
Individual entry fee to the races is $35 for adults and $20 for juniors per race or $175 for the six-race series for adults ($100 for juniors).
Team entry also is available.
The Advanced League is for more experienced ski racers.
The Rec Division is for snowboarders, telemarkers, beginning-level ski racers and families.
Race-day registration for Saturday races will be at the old Arcade on the mall at Aspen Highlands.
For more information, visit aspensnowmass.com/townraceseries or call 970-544-3029.
In a titanic battle of 35-year-old local superstars, John Gaston outdueled Simi Hamilton on Saturday to win the fourth iteration of the Snowmass 50 mountain bike race.
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