Ski Aspen Snowmass - 7TH ANNUAL INFERNO RACE RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 AT ASPEN HIGHLANDS

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02/16 by skiguide | (0) Comments

ASPEN/SNOWMASS, Colo. February 15, 2007 - The legendary Inferno uphill/downhill race at Aspen Highlands has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 18. Ski patrol is tracking a winter storm moving into the area Thursday night through Saturday , and because of anticipated control work Saturday morning they have decided to move the race to Sunday. All other race details will remain the same. The race starts at 10 a.m. from just below the top of the Deep Temerity chairlift. 

The Inferno features five categories: Male and Female Competitive, Male and Female Rec., and Junior (for racers ages 12 to 17). All divisional winners will receive a cash award.

The field is limited to 125 adult racers and 25 juniors. Register at the Aspen Highlands Guest Services booth from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the base of the mountain. Day-of-race registration at the Guest Services booth closes promptly at 9 a.m. (but late registration continues at the Ski Patrol PHQ until the start). Registration costs $30 and includes an “Inferno 7” T-shirt (with artwork by Highlands patroller Steve “Remo” Williams), raffle entry and prize giveaways at the awards party. Juniors will need a parent/guardians’ signature to register.

The Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol, the Inferno’s sanctioning body, is also seeking volunteers to help stage the race. Please call 544-3062 for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Racers should be at the top of Loge Peak chairlift by 9:45 a.m. on race day for a pre-race briefing. Racer lift tickets are available for $42, and racers will be provided with a secure area to store gear (at the base if the Deep Temerity lift) during the race.

The race features mass starts according to division. The route remains much the same: Start at to top of the Deep Temerity chairlift; descend Broadway past the Patrol Monument to the base of Mousetrap; ascend Mousetrap; pick up skis/boards on the way past the PHQ; climb the ridge to the peak; descend Highland Bowl through the 16 “control gates” and the run-out to the finish line at the bottom of the Deep Temerity lift. All told, the route includes 840 vertical-feet of climbing and 2,512 feet of down-hilling.

Racers are strongly encouraged to wear helmets, and racers must have leashes or brakes for skis (tele or alpine) or snowboards. Only one (1) pair of boots may be used by each racer, and racers must keep skis/boards in line with their bodies during the hike - not across their bodies. Also, gear must not flail more than one-and-a-half feet outside of racers’ bodies; violators will be DQ’d.

As usual, the post-race awards party is slated for 4:20 p.m. at the base of Highlands.

Call the “Inferno Hotline” at 970-544-3048 for the latest information on the race.

The descent route will be marked with bamboo poles beginning Thursday so that racers might familiarize themselves with the actual line. Racers can also ride the lift up early, beginning at 8 a.m. on race day, to inspect the course.

Source: Aspen Skiing Company

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