Thanksjibbing offers big hits for holiday
As if the openings of Aspen Mountain and Snowmass on Thursday weren’t enough, The Aspen Skiing Co.’s list of big events continues this holiday weekend.Skiing pioneer Glen Plake will host the third annual NEPSA (Aspen spelled backwards) Video and Art Awards tonight at the Wheeler Opera House, from 8-10 p.m. Talented athletes are invited to create multimedia presentations using music, video, photography as well as other mediums to best interpret this year’s theme of technology. Participants in this year’s event include skiers Peter Olenick, Lindsey Macintire, Darrell Miller, John Spriggs, Ryan Halverson, Kiffor Borg, Frank Shine and Ted Davenport. Snowboarders Wyatt Stasinos, Avery Karas and Jesse Wright are also entered. An art exhibit will be on display in the Wheeler lobby for the audience to vote for their favorite entry. A total prize of $3,500 will be awarded to the winners. Tickets are $5.The action continues Saturday night when Aspen Mountain will host its Thanksjibbing Jam, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Team Aspen/Snowmass members Peter and Michael Olenick, Doran Laybourn, Teddy Karlinski and X Games competitor Steele Spence will exhibit their skills on rails, boxes and jib features. The entire event will be held in conjunction with this season’s first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert featuring the sounds of Canada’s The Trews.Thanksjibbing will consist of two 30-minute jam sessions. The first 10 skiers will try to top one another on each run and can make as many runs as possible during these sessions. The snowboarders take the stage immediately following the skiers. More than $2,000 will be awarded to the winners.
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