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Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race

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Sat, 2013-03-02 11:37

With approximately 12,000 feet of vertical gain over 25 miles, including summiting the Aspen Highlands Bowl, this race is the perfect opportunity to experience all four Aspen/Snowmass ski areas like never before. Grab a teammate and get ready to ski, hike and skin Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain in the Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race.

Not quite ready to tackle all four mountains? Sign-up for the half-course option covering Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain!

Start Info: TBD at Snowmass Base Village (Full course); TBD at Aspen Highlands Base (Half Course)

Registration: Check back for registration in early Winter

Racer Requirements: Each racer must have a beacon, shovel, probe, skins, windshell and helmet. This is a self-sustained race with a single aid-station for full-course racers. Absolutely no nordic, NNN, or similar "nordic touring" gear; AT or tele gear only. Email pete@cosmicski.com with gear questions.

Race Categories: Vets (ages must add to 100+), Men, Women, Mixed

Training in Aspen/Snowmass?
• Aspen Mountain: Uphillers must be at the gondola by 9 a.m. No dogs are allowed in the winter. The designated route is the America’s Uphill course, which is up the Little Nell run, Spar Gulch, left into Deer Park and onto Silver Bell. The route is not marked but ski patrol plans to designate it in the near future.

• Aspen Highlands: To go beyond the Merry Go Round, uphillers must have reached the mid-mountain restaurant by 9 a.m. There is no designated route up the mountain. Uphillers are asked to travel along the edges of trails, and in single-file formation. Dogs are not allowed at Highlands.

• Buttermilk: Uphillers must be at the top by 9 a.m., or begin hiking after 4:30 p.m. Downloading can occur on the Summit Express chairlift during the day. The uphill route is the middle of the mountain, along the Buckskin run. However, during the X Games, Tiehack is the alternative route.

• Snowmass: Snowmass is the only place where dogs are allowed with uphillers throughout the day, however they must be on a leash. There is no designated route and no restrictions, other than to obey closed signs.