Stars shine in Snowboard Banked Slalom

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Olympic medalist Chris Klug of Aspen charges to a first-place finish last weekend in the annual banked slalom event at Buttermilk.
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The stars come out in Aspen — day and night.

The second annual Slash the Milk Snowboard Banked Slalom attracted a galaxy of Aspen’s top snowboarding stars for the annual competition at Buttermilk.

Using the basic course for the Winter X Games snowboardcross event, the banked slalom event was part of the 15th annual Bud Light Spring Jam.

In the open men’s division, Olympic bronze medalist Chris Klug took home first place with Aspen native Travis McLain second.

Third place went to Jason Cook.

In the open women’s division, World Cup veteran Jordan Karlinski took first place at Buttermilk.

Gretchen Bleiler, a decorated Winter X Games medalist, finished second. Bleiler retired from competition last year.

Third place went to Ashley Connor.

As part of the Bud Light Spring Jam, the eighth annual Fallen Friends Memorial Event was held at Aspen Highlands last weekend.

The event featured costumed teams of skiers competing on a course of bumps, jumps and park features.

It was held on Scarlett’s Run above the Merry-Go-Round restaurant.

Proceeds from the event went to the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) scholarship fund in honor of local fallen friends.

Banked Slalom Results

Open Men

1st—Chris Klug

2nd—Travis McLain

3rd—Jason Cook

Open Women

1st—Jordan Karlinski

2nd—Gretchen Bleiler

3rd—Ashley Connor

Fallen Friends Memorial


1st—Men Atwerk


3rd—One in the Whole

Best Team Spirit

Blizzard of Oz

Best Costume


Best Choreography

Cowboys and Indians

Best Bumps

Mad Cows

Worst Costumes/Everything

Wildly Unprepared

Best Trick

Chris Corning (Trick: Back 9)