Aspen Winternational World Cup Nov 28 - 29, 2009
The Aspen Winternational - an annual stop of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup - the event is a town-wide celebration of the best women's racers in the world. Giant slalom and slalom are on tap as thousands of fans fill the race arena at the base of Strawpile.
Headlining the event for the U.S. Ski Team is World Cup overall and downhill champion Lindsey Vonn and Olympic giant slalom gold medalist Julia Mancuso as Aspen hosts the women's World Cup for the sixth consecutive year.
"Aspen is one of America's premier venues for alpine ski racing, providing an outstanding spectacle for both fans on the slope and watching from home," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Vice President Events Calum Clark. "Live European coverage in key times for our alpine World Cups is a critical element to the ongoing success of the events here in the U.S. and the World Cup tour as a whole."
Aspen Mountain has a strong ski racing tradition hosting the first World Championships in the United States in 1950. This year's event marks 41 years of World Cup racing in Aspen that began with Billy Kidd's slalom victory in March of 1968. Also racing in '68 were Jimmy Heuga, Spider Sabich and Bill Marolt, now President and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
In addition to world class alpine racing action, expect public big draws, athlete autograph signings, a festive sponsor center, free live music and fireworks - it's all part of the annual Aspen Winternational.