If the thought of skiing all day makes you tired, then the Power of Four will certainly be exhausting. This Saturday, March 1, participants in the ski mountaineering race will skin up and ski down Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands. To ascend, skiers affix skins to the bottom of their skis and the synthetic material keeps the skis from slipping backwards. Then, the racers remove the skins and ski down the hill before heading to the next mountain.
The whole race traverses 25 miles and more than 12,000 vertical feet. There is also a recreational division for people who want to do the Power of Two–Aspen and Aspen Highlands. Both courses are completed by teams of two who must stay together the entire time. Racers start in Snowmass and make their way across the Aspen Skiing Co.’s four mountains, finishing at the base of Aspen Mountain.
For more information, visit Aspen/Snowmass.