Freeride Championships land at Snowmass |

Freeride Championships land at Snowmass

A skier takes the plunge during a run down the Burn Side Cliffs at last year's Colorado Freeride Championships at Snowmass. The championships return Friday and Saturday. (Courtesy Jeremy Swanson)

SNOWMASS Some of the nation’s top freeriders will test their limits on the steep, rock-littered faces and hanging snowfields of the Hanging Valley Headwall and Burn Side Cliffs this weekend when the sixth annual Colorado Freeride Championships return to Snowmass.

Qualifying runs begin on the Headwall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The championships will follow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Burn Side Cliffs. Those interested in watching the finals can do so in person from Gwyn’s High Alpine restaurant at the top of the Alpine Springs lift; Plum TV will also air live coverage on channel 16 Saturday.Last year, local Kiffor Berg and Jamie Britt were the top male and female skiers, and Wallace Westfeldt and Lisa Ann Ruggieri captured the snowboard titles. More than 110 competitors took part in the event.

Competitors scheduled to compete this year include Berg, Frank Shine, Lloyd Tucker and Jane Somerville. Past champions include Aspen’s Ted Davenport, as well as two-time national freeskiing champion Rex Wehrman. The venue should be in prime condition, as 18 inches of new snow have fallen in the past seven days, bringing this year’s total to more than 22 feet. More snow is expected through Thursday, according to multiple weather reports.

Those interested in registering can visit, or contact Justin Erickson at A post-event party will follow Saturday’s championships at the Black Saddle at the Snowmass Club from 3:307 p.m.

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