Aspen/Snowmass Open returns to Buttermilk |

Aspen/Snowmass Open returns to Buttermilk

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN The television cameras, light stands and production trailers are gone at Buttermilk, but the Winter X Games’ slopestyle course and superpipe remain.

For up-and-coming freestyle skiers and snowboarders, that’s all that matters. Back for its third year, the Aspen/Snowmass Open is the event that gives those left off the Winter X Games’ invite list a chance to compete in the same venue as the world’s best.More than $50,000 in prize money will be on the line over the next four days in eight different competitions.

Following today’s qualifying rounds, finals get underway Friday for skiing superpipe and snowboard slopestyle. Saturday features more qualifying, followed by finals Sunday in snowboard superpipe and ski slopestyle.Notable athletes scheduled to compete include Carbondale freeskier Michael Olenick, Snowmass Village snowboarder Teddy Karlinski, as well as freeskiers Sean Field, Mike Hornbeck, Henrik Lampert and P.K. Hunder.

Last year, local U.S. Snowboarding team rider Jordan Karlinski – the younger sister of Teddy – won the Open’s women’s slopestyle final and finished third in the superpipe.Carbondale’s Megan Olenick also took second in the women’s ski slopestyle final a year ago, coming just a half point short of defending her 2006 title.Registration for the female and male snowboard events are still open. For more information on the event, or to see a full schedule, go to

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