Thanksjibbing Jam kicks off winter season upvalley |

Thanksjibbing Jam kicks off winter season upvalley

The Trews, a band from Canada, performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday during the Thanksjibbing Jam in Aspen.

ASPEN – Aspen’s annual Thanksjibbing weekend returns with a free concert, ski and snowboard competition and video and art awards.Today at 8 p.m., the Wheeler Opera House hosts the third annual NEPSA Video and Art Awards, featuring multimedia presentations from young athletes combining music, video and photography to expose their ever-changing lifestyles.Canadian-based rockers The Trews play Aspen Mountain’s first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season in conjunction with a ski and snowboard competition at the rail garden at 6:30 p.m. Saturday under the lights.The concert is the first in the series held throughout the winter season, with one concert each month from November through April. Concerts are held in distinctive locations around Aspen and Snowmass, including on-hill stages and downtown streets.The Thanksjibbing Jam ski and snowboard competition includes Team Aspen/Snowmass members Peter and Michael Olenick, Doran Laybourn, Teddy Karlinski and ESPN Winter X Game’s competitor Steele Spence competing on cutting-edge rails, boxes and jib features.Two 30-minute jam sessions – the first with 10 skiers hitting the features as they try to top one another with each run – comprises the ski competition. Riders can make as many runs as necessary during the jam sessions. Following the ski competition, the clock resets for another 30 minutes as the snowboarders take center stage. More than $2,000 will be awarded to winners from both disciplines.

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