Double Pipe riders getting ready |

Double Pipe riders getting ready

Top snowboarders from around the globe are looking for double fun in Aspen.

No Doublemint commercial.

Just the Red Bull Double Pipe competition — a first of its kind contest in the constantly evolving world of action sports.

The top snowboarders, including the likes of Louie Vito and Greg Bretz, started practice runs Thursday in the unique double-superpipe that features a second halfpipe right next to the Winter X Games superpipe at the base of Buttermilk. A 4-foot spine deck links the two halfpipes.

The double pipes include rails, channels and other unique features for the judged contest.

Today’s schedule calls for practice sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Buttermilk.

The qualifying runs for the Red Bull Double Pipe will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The featured finals will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Viewing is free for spectators.

The competition will be filmed for part of the Red Bull Signature Series. It will shot on NBC on Saturday, April 12, at noon Aspen times.

The field of participants, released by Red Bull officials Thursday, will include 10 current and former Olympians.

The list is headed by Vito and Bretz.

The field includes Christian Haller, Markus Keller, Scotty James, Ben Ferguson, Gabe Ferguson, Benji Farrow, Arthur Longo, Scotty Lago, Taylor Gold, Nathan Johnstone, Jake Pates, Kent Callister, Zack Black, Scott Blum, Olivier Gittler and Chase Josey.

There will be free RFTA shuttle bus service to the Buttermilk venue from Rubey Park Transit Center in downtown Aspen.

In addition to the double pipe competition in Aspen, Spring Jam also continues with the banked slalom for snowboarders today at Snowmass. There also will be the core party concert in downtown Aspen this evening with Beats Antique, a trio of electronic and experimental world fusion musicians.

On Saturday, the annual Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls will be staged at Aspen Highlands.

For more on the Spring Jam events, visit www.

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