The Nature Valley Aspen Winternational got the formal go-ahead from FIS Thursday with outstanding course conditions nine days from the Thanksgiving weekend Audi FIS World Cup races. (Aspen)
ASPEN, CO (Nov. 17) – The Nature Valley Aspen Winternational was given the official green light Thursday as International Ski Fedration (FIS) Technical Events Race Director Markus Mayr consulted with Aspen officials on the snow flush World Cup race hill in Aspen.
"We're well beyond where we have been in the last few years for snow and racing conditions," said Jim Hancock, Chief of Race for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. "We still have a little bit of work to do, but the coverage is unprecedented and we're confident in producing a great start to the North American World Cup swing."
As early as mid October, the Rocky Mountains welcomed cold temperatures and plentiful natural snowfall to create outstanding early season skiing and race training conditions. Aspen has been no exception.
The annual Thanksgiving weekend event launches the North American swing of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, but it also brings ski racing action back to the forefront.
The Nov. 12-13 slalom races scheduled for Levi, Finland were canceled due to lack of snow, therefore Aspen will be the first stage for World Cup women since the Oct. 22 opener in Soelden, Austria – a race won by three-time overall champion and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO).