Obama, A Pirate, Gilligan, A Clown Dominate First Ever Jack-O-Latern Jib

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE -Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., Thursday, October 31, 2008 – A Barack Obama look-a-like joined a pirate, Gillian, a clown and more characters at the first event of the 2008-2009 season, the Aspen/Snowmass Jack-O-Lantern Jib, October 30, 2008.

Local rippers and Aspen/Snowmass Athletes competed in the athlete judged event with Torin Wallace taking home a pair of Salomon skis for the first place skier.  John Hemminger took first among the snowboarders winning a Salomon snowboard.  Finally Tae Westcott took home a $100 gift certificate from D&E Ski and Snowboard Shop for his clown costume.

This Halloween themed competition featured 50 skiers and snowboarders in the park, which consisted of several rail and box features.

A significant pile of snow from the record-breaking 07-08 season was preserved over the summer by a large snow sealing blanket made by the Swiss company Landlot.  This remaining snow allowed Aspen Skiing Company to fire up the lifts earlier than ever before for the Jack-O-Lantern Jib.

With Snowmass and Aspen Mountain opening on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, ski and snowboard season is just around the corner.  As temperatures drop and weather permits, the snow guns at Aspen/Snowmass are prepared to make snow this Saturday, November 1, 2008.

Now is the time to take advantage of early season lift ticket and lodging deals.  Visit www.stayaspensnowmass.com to book a trip to Aspen/Snowmass.

For general information, please visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call 1-800-525-6200.

Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. The area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen/Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company’s website at www.aspensnowmass.com.