Cliff Ahumada, the unofficial carving ambassador of Aspen and a driving force behind the small indieAlpine-board label Pure Carve, is sweating profusely as you read this, working the phones to pulltogether the first-ever Carvers’ Expression Session, to be held in the Aspen area on January 26-29. Nota contest, the Expression Session is more like a four-day Alpine-riding free-for-all spanning threeresorts-Buttermilk (natch), Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass.

Choice runs will be meticulously groomed, roped off, and open only to carvers at a different resort each day. Plenty of local Alpine riders will bearound to dial you in to the sweet railing zones. Most of all, Cliff hopes the Expression Session willsimply bring together as many Alpine riders as possible, regardless of riding ability. He’s invited a few ofhis surfing buddies to guarantee things will be interesting; the invite list includes the likes of Gerry Lopez,Mickey Muñoz, Aspen loc Joey Cabell, and Snowboard Life Founding Editor Kevin Kinnear.

In addition to the on-piste action, the nocturnal goings-on have the potential to go off, especially during afancy blow-out at the snowcat-accessed Burlingame Cabin, replete with cocktails, dinner, and doorprizes. Open to absolutely any and every Alpine rider, the Expression Session is a must for all youColorado carvers.

Call Cliff Ahumada at (970) 618-1139, or reach him by FAX at (970) 273-0463,for the specifics. You can also go to www.purecarve.com for up-to-the-minute information on discoutlift tickets, lodging, and the schedule of events. Sponsors include Pure Carve, The Aspen SkiingCompany, Boeri, Raichle, and Test Pilot.-E.M.