Town Race Series opens with giant slaloms this weekend
The oldest town racing series in the United States, The Aspen Times Town Race Series, kicks off its 25th annual season this weekend with giant slalom races at Aspen Highlands.
The first of six weekends of racing, the Town Series runs through March with advanced division racing on Saturdays and recreational division racing on Sundays. The advanced division is intended for skiers with prior race experience; the recreational division is open to telemarkers, snowboarders and skiers of all abilities.
All the races are held on Thunderbowl and Goldenhorn at the Highlands.
“Racing is really fun, and the fastest way to improve your skiing or snowboarding,” said Town Series race director Scott Nichols of the Aspen Skiing Co.
The Town Race Series includes three giant slalom competitions and three slaloms, for both the recreational and advanced divisions, spread out over January, February and March.
Skiers may enter all the races ” as part of a team or as an individual ” or whatever races prove to be convenient.
“Most of the folks that ski in Town Series do not have a long history of racing experience,” said Nichols, a former 24 Hours of Aspen racer. “People come out because it’s a lot of fun, it’s a good way to make new friends and it really improves your free-skiing.”
Racers should register the morning of each race between 8:30 and 11 a.m. at Thunderbowl Cafe at the base of Highlands. Racing gets under way at about 11:30 a.m. and usually wraps up by about 2 p.m.
Registration costs $110 for all six races as an individual or $550 for a team of six; a single race costs $20 for an individual.
Following every competition, the Thunderbowl Cafe hosts a post-race party with prizes, race video and free beer courtesy of Michelob Ultra.
For more information, contact the Highlands Race Department at 544-3005 or call the racer hot line at 544-3029.
Jan. 15 Giant Slalom, Thunderbowl
Jan. 29 Slalom, Thunderbowl
Feb. 5 Giant Slalom, Thunderbowl
Feb. 12 Slalom, Thunderbowl
March 19 GS, Golden Horn/Thunderbowl
March 26 Slalom Finale, Thunderbowl
Jan. 16 Giant Slalom, Thunderbowl
Jan. 30 Slalom, Thunderbowl
Feb. 6 Giant Slalom, Thunderbowl
Feb. 13 Slalom, Thunderbowl
March 20 GS, Golden Horn/Thunderbowl
March 27 Slalom Finale, Thunderbowl
Feb. 18 Rocky Mountain Masters Super G, Buttermilk
Feb. 19-20 Rocky Mountain Masters Downhill, Buttermilk
Feb. 25-27 John Meyer Memorial Town Downhill, Buttermilk
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