AVSC brings Olympics to Aspen this weekend
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is bringing a taste of the Olympics to Aspen Friday and Saturday with the AVSC-Alpine Bank Winter Whiteout Weekend.”We’re going all out to celebrate Aspen’s Winter Olympic history and support Aspen’s next generation of Olympians,” said AVSC executive director Mark Cole.The weekend begins Saturday morning with the Bob Beattie Endurance Challenge. Skiers and riders from the AVSC Base Camp programs will race super G for one hour straight on Aspen Mountain to raise pledges for the club. “We’ve got a great group of kids ready to help us out,” said Base Camp director Susan Blakney. “They’re going around town collecting pledges as we speak.” The club has also secured the last remaining original Aspen Silver Queen Gondola car, car No. 1, as one of the items for the live auction portion of Saturday night’s Go for the Gold Gala atop Aspen Mountain.Guests at the gala will also be able to view Olympic medals from local champions Deb Armstrong (Sarajevo 1984), Cristin Cooper (Sarajevo 1984) and Chris Klug (Salt Lake City 2002), as well as bid on snowboards from current Olympic competitors Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler in the silent auction. Klug and former Olympians Ursula Konsett Gregg, Casey Puckett, Mark Tache and Craig Ward are all scheduled to attend the gala. “It’s exciting to have so many Olympic athletes with ties to Aspen supporting the club,” Cole said. Tickets for the event are $300 per person, and table packages are available, but space is limited. The Olympic celebration continues Sunday with a community day at Buttermilk, site of the inaugural Aspen/Snowmass Open.For more information, call AVSC at 925-2720, ext. 101, or visit http://www.teamavsc.com.
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Aspen Skiing Co. will delay the opening of Aspen Highlands until Dec. 18 due to lack of a base and scant snow in the forecast.