FIS gives World Cup to Aspen
ASPEN — The International Ski Federation (FIS) awarded Aspen the 2017 World Cup Finals for the top men and women ski racers, Aspen Skiing Co. officials said Thursday.
The decision was announced in Barcelona, Spain, at the annual FIS Congress, said John Rigney, Skico vice president of sales and events. He attended the congress with another member of his team.
“This is big news for the entire Aspen community,” Rigney said via telephone Thursday.
It will be the first time that Aspen has hosted a World Cup men’s event since 2001. Aspen Mountain has hosted women’s technical events for several years, though not in 2013-14. The World Cup Finals is the biggest race event Aspen has hosted since the World Championships in February 1950 put the resort on the international ski map.
The 2017 World Cup Finals will be held on Aspen Mountain March 13-20. It will feature the downhill, Super G, giant slalom and slalom for men and women as well as a combined team event.
For the finals, only the 30 top men and women in season point standings compete. So, Aspen won’t host the entire ski teams of international racers, but it will host the best of the best, Rigney said.
The globes that are awarded to the top scorer in points in each individual discipline will be presented after the finals. In some cases, the crown comes down to the final race.
Rigney said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt was instrumental in helping Aspen land the event.
He also credited the lodging community of Aspen and Snowmass Village for stepping up to help at what will already be a busy time.
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