Snowboard race, bowl battle set this week
The Aspen Times
Spring Jam in Aspen and Snowmass hits full speed this week.
The annual Bud Light Spring Jam, including concerts, parties and competitions, will showcase two brand new contests this year — one on Friday and one on Sunday
The banked slalom race will be held Friday, March 21, at Snowmass in the Elk Camp area.
This snowboard-only event will use the natural terrain of Sandy Park. Riders of all ages are invited to challenge each other on the banked-turn course.
Registration for the banked slalom is $25. The Aspen Skiing Co. will offer a $68 racer ticket for the day.
Registration information is available at the Aspen Skiing Co. website at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/events.
The field for the banked slalom will include Aspen Olympian Chris Klug, who will take to the banked slalom course at Snowmass on Friday.
Also this weekend, a new division of the annual Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls will be unveiled at Aspen Highlands.
The usual competition calls for teams of two (ski division or snowboard division) to ski or ride the bowls at Aspen Highlands the fastest.
This year, there is a new division, the Adventure Division, with teams of two-to-five participants on a scavenger hunt-like course consisting of intermediate and advanced runs at Aspen Highlands.
“This is aimed at families and groups of friends instead of more hardcore athletes,” said Jeff Hanle, the director of public relations for the Aspen Skiing Co. The special course also will take participants to Aspen Highlands’ most unique locations.
The annual Battle in the Bowls is set for Sunday, March 23.
Registration is $45 per person. Registration will include a limited edition 2014 Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls base layer and entrance to the after-event party at the Highlands Alehouse. Special $62 lift tickets will be available for the event.
For registration information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/battle.
As part of the annual Spring Jam, there will be a core party concert in downtown Aspen on Friday with Beats Antique, a trio of live electronic and experimental world fusion musicians.
Spring Jam events kicked off last weekend with the annual Kick Aspen Big Air contest at the base of Aspen Mountain last weekend.
The 15th annual big air event drew 40 competitors under the lights.
“I couldn’t be happier to take home the win at one of my favorite hometown big air events,” said Charlie Lasser, member of the Aspen/Snowmass ski team and 2014 KickAspen Big Air ski champion.
He won $2,000 for first place.
Nate Berkel was second and won $1,000.
Billy Waller finished third and won $500.
Matt Bradwah won $500 for the best sick trick.
In the snowboard division, Justin Morgan won first place ($2,000).
Brendan Davis was second ($1,000).
Davis Johnson was third ($500).
Dave Van Atta won the best sick trick for boarders ($500).
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