Spring Jam extends snow fun season
There’s still some snow fun going on out there.
But it’s going fast. Too fast.
Just ask the snowmobilers.
The scheduled snowmobile Hillcross competition, set for Sunlight Mountain Resort on Saturday and Sunday, has been canceled because of the rapidly diminishing snowpack.
Sunlight officials made the call on Wednesday in conjunction with the World Snowmobile Association, the sanctioning body for the snowmobile events.
Professional snowmobile racers from Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming, as well as local racers were set to compete for trophies and prize money.
And the final event on Sunday was scheduled as an X Games qualifier, with the winner advancing to the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen next year.
But the fading snowpack at Sunlight forced cancellation of the weekend snowmobile event.
Aspen Spring Jam
The snow fun that is still on tap this week and weekend includes the 180 Aspen Spring Jam, a combination of competitions, concerts and parties designed to wrap up the season at Aspen Mountain.
The competitive events include a speedcross event for skiers and snowboarders on Friday with a slopestyle event on Saturday for all ages – with divisions for snowboarders, skiers, men, women, boys, girls, etc.
Sunday will offer the free Chris Klug Fun Race on Aspen Mountain, hosted by the Olympic snowboard legend – the first transplant recipient to earn an Olympic medal.
Friday’s speedcross will be staged at the venue on Little Nell Run at the base of Aspen Mountain. A women’s division will be added with four or more competitors.
There is a cash purse of $1,000 plus entry fees.
Entry fee is $25. Skiers and riders must be 18. There are separate divisions for skiercross and boardercross.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, the slopestyle will be held on the jumps and rails on Little Nell. There will be skier, boarder, male and female divisions and a cash purse.
Entry fee is $25. And the event is open to all ages.
Parental waivers will be required.
The fun will continue on Sunday with the Chris Klug fun race, a giant slalom with rollers and banks and other jumps.
Divisions for men, women and children, along with masters (40 and older) will be offered.
Product prizes will be given away. It is open to all ages.
In addition to the competitions in Aspen as part of Spring Jam, music also will help melt the snow.
Each afternoon at the base of Aspen Mountain, a free concert will set the mood.
On Friday, the band is The Motet.
On Saturday, the featured attraction is The Blackeyed Peas.
And on Sunday, Boogie Machine will provide the apres ski/board entertainment.
In connection with Spring Jam, lift tickets at Aspen Mountain are $39.
Sunday, incidentally, is closing day for Aspen Mountain as well as Snowmass.
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