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Aspen/Snowmass is proud to announce the lineup for the 10th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam, Rocky Mountains’ premier spring festival featuring concerts, ski and snowboard competitions, parties and more during the weekends of March 19 – 21 and March 26 – 28, 2010.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will bring their jazz and bluegrass infused southern rock sounds to Snowmass base village on Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m.  The following weekend the Southern California based funk/jam band – The Greyboy Allstars – will rock the base of Aspen Mountain on Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

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In addition to those newly announced acts, Aspen/Snowmass is proud to be giving away a two-day/two-night trip for two to Aspen/Snowmass including round-trip airfare within the U.S., lift tickets, lodging, equipment rentals and special access to the Vampire Weekend CORE Party on Saturday, March 20 at the corner of Cooper and Galena Streets.

“Vampire Weekend’s U.S. tour is nearly sold out so this is an amazing opportunity for fans to see the band as well as experience spring skiing and riding along with everything else Aspen/Snowmass and Bud Light Spring Jam has to offer,” says John Rigney, ASC VP of Sales and Events.

The Vampire Weekend contest started today, March 5, 2010.  Interested participants will need to upload a photo along with an explanation in 140 words or less on why they should be chosen to win the trip.  Participants can enter by becoming a fan of Aspen/Snowmass on facebook www.facebook.com/skiaspensnowmass and following directions on the “Vampire Weekend” tab. Submissions must be made by 12 p.m. MST on March 12, 2010. A winner will be announced on March 12 by 5 p.m. MST.  Please see the rules and regulations and trip details under the “Vampire Weekend” tab on the Aspen/Snowmass Facebook page.

Bud light Spring Jam Schedule*:
Bud Light Big Air FridaysSnowmassMarch 19
KickAspen Big AirAspen Mountain March 19
Fallen FriendsAspen HighlandsMarch 20
CORE Party featuring Vampire WeekendDowntown AspenMarch 20
Terrain Park Boot CampSnowmassMarch 20 & 21
Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert SeriesSnowmass base villageMarch 21
**Featuring Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Bud Light Big Air FridaysSnowmassMarch 26
**Featuring The Greyboy AllstarsSchneetagSnowmass March 27
Helly Hansen Battle in the BowlsAspen HighlandsMarch 28
Terrain Park Boot CampSnowmassMarch 27 & 28

Bud Light Big Air Friday Series – Ongoing through April 2
This entertaining eight-week series is in its seventh year at Snowmass. The best snowboarders and skiers in the valley descend upon Fanny Hill each Friday to perform the latest tricks for a chance at a prize purse and series points from 2 – 3 p.m. each Friday. This event began on February 14 and will continue every Friday through April 2.

11th Annual KickAspen Big Air Invitational at Aspen Mountain – March 19 – 8-9:30 p.m.
In the 11th Annual KickAspen Big Air, the best regional ski and snowboard athletes will compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain.  Prize giveaways, a beer garden and a DJ will round out the action at the base of the mountain.

Terrain Park Boot Camp – Saturday & Sunday – March 20 & 21, 27 & 28 – 12-3 p.m.
The Terrain Park Book Camp is an entry level terrain park that will be set up on Fanny Hill at Snowmass. Aspen/Snowmass athletes and other spotlight riders will coach beginners (13 and up) how to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick. From children to parents, this is open to anyone interested in learning the ropes of the terrain park. It will be open from 12-3 p.m. on March 20 & 21, 27 & 28.

Fallen Friends Memorial Event – March 20 – 12 – 2 p.m.
This second annual Fallen Friends memorial event will gather teams of two to five to compete in a course of jumps, bumps and park features on Scarlett’s Run at Aspen Highlands.  The event will feature a DJ, announcers and food and drink specials on the deck of the Merry-Go-Round.  Teams are encouraged to dress in a costume and incorporate a common theme.  All the proceeds from the event will benefit an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) scholarship fund in honor of fallen friends over the past few years. For more information and to register visit www.aspensnowmass.com/springjam.

Core Party featuring Vampire Weekend – March 20 – 8 p.m.
Vampire Weekend, Columbia University grads turned indie-rockers, will headline this year’s CORE Party. Comprised of Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Tomson, Vampire Weekend recently released their second album and are known for their infectious hit songs “A-Punk” and “Cousins.”  The show is FREE and open to the public, taking place on the corner of Galena Street and Cooper Avenue, and will feature two beer gardens, an Aspen Art Museum exhibit and a special on Ajax Tavern’s famous Double-Double burger.

FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series – March 21 & 26 – Featuring Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and The Greyboy Allstars
The popular FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series will continue on Sunday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in Snowmass base village with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – a deeply rooted, dramatically dynamic rock sound with a touch of bluegrass.  Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are “one of the most soulful new bands around,” according to musician Bonnie Raitt.  The following weekend, the Southern California based funk/jam band, The Greyboy Allstars, will rock the base of Aspen Mountain on Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m. The series has offered five free outdoor concerts held during key events and peak weekends throughout the season.

Schneetag – March 27 – 1-3 p.m.
Hold on tight for the hilarious third annual Schneetag event (pronounced Shnee Tog) at Snowmass.  Teams of four are invited to create a craft that will slide down the slope just below the Snowmass superpipe above Spider Sabich and attempt to soar over a 75×20 foot pond.  Each team will perform a skit before their run and will be judged on costume theme, creativity and flight distance of their craft. The craft must be entirely human powered with no external energy sources. The craft must be less than 10 feet wide and weigh less than 400 pounds, including the pilot.   Each team will pick just one member to fly their craft across the pond.

1st Place wins a complimentary trip to the ESPN X Games in Los Angeles this summer.  2nd place wins Bud Light tickets to a professional sporting event in Denver. 3rd place will take away new skis or snowboards courtesy of High Society.  Register at www.aspensnowmass.com/springjam. Not competing but want to watch. Come enjoy lunch at Spider Sabich and watch this entertaining event unfold.

Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls – March 28 – 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The third annual Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls event, hosted by Aspen/Snowmass Athlete Chris Davenport, features teams of two using Flaik GPS devices to track how skilled each duo is at skiing the many bowls of Aspen Highlands.  This year there will be three divisions: competitive ski, competitive snowboard and overall non-competitive. The goal is for each team in each division to finish the course, determined by Davenport, within the four-hour time frame. The cost is $75 per team and each participant receives a Helly Hansen base layer and access to the event after party. This is open to any skier or snowboarder who enjoys riding Aspen Highlands. Interested athletes can register online at www.aspensnowmass.com/springjam.

Aspen/Snowmass would like to thank its sponsors making this event possible: Bud Light, Sprint, Helly Hansen, Skullcandy, Town of Snowmass Village, Coke, American Express, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Smith Optics and D&E Ski and Snowboard Shop.