An incredibly difficult race of 26 miles and 12,000 vertical for the pros and 17 miles and 8,000 vertical for more recreational racers, the Power of Four is one of the premier ski-mountaineering races in Colorado. The weather wasn’t kind to racers this year as relentless snow and wind pummeled the entire length of the course from Snowmass to Aspen Mountain.
On the day before the race, Sari Anderson, gave the Skiing Mag crew a rundown on speedy uphill-downhill transitions. Sari is one of the best ski-mountaineering racers in America. She and her partner Stevie Kremer ended up atop the podium in the women’s sport division of this year’s Power of Four.
Sari Anderson also gave us a few of her homemade date and chocolate balls for fuel during the race. These things were clutch.
Max Taam and John Gaston, the winners of the men’s sport division, approach the top of the final climb on Aspen Mountain. The two covered the entire 26-mile course spanning from Snowmass to Aspen in a little over five hours.
Skiing‘s fearless leader Sam Bass braces against the 60 mile-per-hour winds near the top of Highland Bowl on Aspen Highlands.
Team Skiing Magazine finished the 17-mile recreational course in a blistering 6:12, a full hour ahead of teams fielded by other media outlets like Outside Magazine, Gear Junkie, and Gear Patrol. Booya!
The next morning, the storm began to let up. When the Aspen Highlands patrol opened Highland Bowl, skiers clammored for first tracks. Despite race-weary legs, Team Skiing Magazine was there to sample one of the best powder days of the season.
Backbone Media founder and winner of the men’s rec division in the Power of Four, Penn Newhard, charges through sore legs and freshies during a Highland Bowl victory lap.
Sam Bass finds his post-race body in fine working order in the silly-deep snow of Highland Bowl.
After the Power of Four on Saturday and a bell-to-bell powder day at Aspen Highlands on Sunday, Team Skiing Magazine pulled out of Aspen having taken the weekend to 11. The trip to Aspen was a real confidence booster for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse.