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Power of Four registration open

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The team of John Gaston and Max Taam lead the pack heading up Burnt Mountain at Snowmass during the first stage of the Power of Four Mountaineering Race last year.
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The Power of Four returns.

The famed Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race is back for another year with its unique challenge — 25 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing across Aspen’s four ski mountains.

The 2015 edition of the Power of Four, sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Co., will be Saturday, Feb. 28.

The route, which starts at Base Village in Snowmass, includes a trip to the top of Aspen Highland Bowl. It will finish at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Registration for two-person teams for the popular event, which attracts mountaineers from across the country, is open now at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/poweroffour.

Entry fee is $250 for a two-person team in the Sport Division.

Entry is $220 per team in the Recreational Division.

As in years past, the race will start at 6 a.m. at Snowmass.

The Audi Power of Four offers a $5,000 prize purse, split evenly between men and women.

First place will take home $1,500, second place will receive $700 and third place $300.

For the tough sport course, teams first will skin up to the top of Elk Camp at Snowmass. Then, they will traverse from Elk Camp to West Buttermilk.

Once at West Buttermilk, mountaineers will ski down to the bottom of Tiehack.

From there, the course will take athletes across the bridge by the Aspen Recreation Center and then to Aspen Highlands Village.

Power of Four skiers will skin to the summit of Highland Bowl and then ski down to Castle Creek Road via the Congo Trail off of the Grand Reverse.

Teams will cross Castle Creek and head up Midnight Mine Road on the back side of Aspen Mountain until they reach the Sundeck. In the final descent of the race, skiers will ski down Aspen Mountain to the finish at the Gondola Plaza.

In the Recreational Division, participants can race half of the sport course.

Recreational racers will start at 8 a.m. at the Aspen Highlands Base Village. They will cover only the Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain portions of the race course.

The rec race will feature 8,000 feet of climbing over 15 miles, including the climb to the top of Highland Bowl.

Racing divisions include Vets, Men, Women and Coed teams.

Only the Men and Women divisions are eligible for prizes.

Coed and Vet categories are for time comparison only.

Alpine touring (AT) gear, telemark gear or snowboard splitboard gear is required.

Volunteers are needed for the Audi Power of Four. Anyone interested should contact Daragh Kneeshaw at dkneeshaw@aspensnowmass.com.

For more information on the race series and maps of the course, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/poweroffour or call 970-925-1220.

The Aspen team of mountaineers John Gaston and Max Taam won the race last year for the second time in a row.

Carbondale’s Sari Anderson teamed with Crested Butte’s Stevie Kremer to win the women’s division.

Gaston and Taam, both members of the U.S. Ski Mountaineering Team, finished in 5 hours, 20 minutes, while Anderson and Kremer’s winning time was 6:29:23.

Finishing in second place in the Sport Division for the men was the team of Durango’s Scott Simmons and Crested Butte’s J. Marshall Thomson

Third place went to another veteran mountaineering team, Gunnison’s Bryan Wickenhauser and Brian Smith. They finished in 5:38:14.



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