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Aspen Snowmass announces Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race

Ski mountaineering race set to be the first in a series of multi-season, multi-sport endurance series

NEW EVENT: Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race Set for March 5, 2011


Registration is Now Open for Teams of Two to Race Across All Four Mountains in Aspen/Snowmass


Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., February 15, 2011 – The brand new Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race presented by Helly Hansen - one of the most challenging events to date in Aspen/Snowmass - will test athletes endurance as they race in teams of two across all four area mountains.  The course covers 24 miles and more than 10,000 vertical feet of climbs.


The race is on March 5, 2011 starting at 7:15 a.m. in Snowmass and will continue into the afternoon where athletes will finish at the base of Aspen Mountain.


“We're very excited to kick off what we hope will become a multi-season, multi-sport endurance series," says John Rigney, VP of Sales & Events, Aspen Skiing Company. "Feedback's been great and we are looking forward to March."


Race Course:

Teams will start in Snowmass Village and skin up to the top of High Alpine, then traverse to Hanging Valley Headwall ending at the top of the Elk Camp Lift.  Then racers will traverse from Elk Camp to West Buttermilk.  Once at West Buttermilk, racers will skin up to the top of Buttermilk and ski down to the bottom of Tiehack.  From there athletes will cross the bridge by the Aspen Recreation Center and head to the Five Trees lift at Aspen Highlands.  From there skiers will skin to the summit of the Highland Bowl and ski down to Castle Creek Road via the Congo Trail off of the Grand Reverse. Teams will then cross Castle Creek and head up Midnight Mine Road until they reach The Sundeck.  In the final descent of the race, athletes will ski down Aspen Mountain, ending in gondola plaza.


Half Race:

There will also be a half race starting at 7:30 a.m. following the same course on Snowmass and Buttermilk, ending at the base of Tiehack.


More Details:

There will be four categories of racers: Vets, Men, Women and Mixed teams.  Event organizers have estimated teams will finish in anywhere from four or five hours to eight hours.  Alpine Touring (AT) gear, Telemark gear or snowboard Splitboard gear is required. 


Registration is now open at  Registration is $170 per team if registered before March 1, 2011.


This race is part of a larger endurance series which would include a mountain bike race currently scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2011 that will also traverse each of the four mountains.

For more information and maps of the course, please visit or call 970/925-1220.

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