World Cup Finals are in town, and it’s a very exciting time to be in Aspen!
Alpine ski racing’s most important event, the FIS World Cup Finals are the last set of races on the World Cup circuit for the season, crowning the champion in five disciplines plus the overall men’s and women’s champions. Only 25 racers in each discipline qualify for the finals, so you’re watching the best of the best competing over five days in downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and the nation’s team event. Continue reading →
Context is a funny thing. Sure, Aspen and Snowmass both opened five days earlier than scheduled (after a preview weekend on Ajax in mid-November), and sure, the coverage is pretty darn good for this early in the season. But from the enthusiasm of local skiers, you’d think it was mid-February storm riding out there. Everything is relative, right? And as the excitement of a new ski season wanes, it will be replaced by new terrain openings, holiday and events, and plenty more to look forward to, until things wind down again in April. Continue reading →
Fresh from the alpine skiing World Cup Finals in Meribel, France, Aspen Skiing Co. officials have plenty to chew on in terms of what it takes to put on such a major event.
When Aspen was awarded the World Cup Finals for March 2017 — an event that encompasses nine races in five days and crowns the overall season champions — it was a bit of a surprise. Previously, only Vail had succeeded in a bid to bring the event to North American snow. But, with some questions about the adequacy of Aspen’s venue and infrastructure, Skico is under pressure to commit to improvements in the Lift 1A/Shadow Mountain area by the time the FIS (International Ski Federation) meets to finalize its calendar in early June. Continue reading →
Aspen Mountain is open, the fastest ladies in the world are in town, and the event season kicks off with a special anniversary party at our favorite historic hotel. We love the excitement and anticipation winter brings — as if the snow-covered landscape allows you to see everything with fresh eyes — and we are thankful for being able to enjoy another season in this special place. Here’s more on what’s going on: Continue reading →
The snowflakes fell soft and thick the first day of October, some of them as big as golf balls. The first in-town snow of the year always generates enthusiasm and dismay in Aspen (depending on what your seasonal preference is) — but we’d like to think there’s more excitement than anything else, or else we wouldn’t be able to call ourselves a ski town. While still in full fall glory, Aspen/Snowmass saw a dusting of new snow earlier this week on Bell Mountain and a blanketing of the upper slopes of Snowmass. Last week’s Indian summer turned this week to prime pre-winter conditions: freezing overnight temperatures and a series of little storms that got colder and dealt more and more precipitation, first rain, then snow. Even as bouts of sunny, warm weather will almost certainly return throughout the fall, we are undoubtedly on the path to winter.
Here, then, are four reasons to get excited about winter, and what you need to know to prepare for the season — along with a few shots of this week’s weather. (You can also keep an eye on conditions via live Roundshot (360-degree) cameras atop all four ski mountains.) Continue reading →