Aspen selected as site for 2017 FIS final
Aspen, long recognized for embracing world-class skiing and offering the same, recently was selected the host city for one of the most prestigious events on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, the 2017 World Cup Finals.
The longtime World Cup community was selected by the International Ski Federation for the March 15-19, 2017 races that will bring both the men’s and women’s tour to Aspen for a season finale with competitions in downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom and nation’s team event.
The 2017 Finals will be the first outside Europe since 1997.
Aspen has a long history of World Cup ski racing and hosted the first World Championships outside of Europe in 1950.
Bill Marolt, former president and CEO of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and currently vice-president of the International Ski Federation, said the selection “illustrates the confidence the FIS Council has in Aspen as a classic World Cup community.”
“Our team at the USSA has worked closely with Aspen and FIS for several years in preparing an outstanding bid to welcome the world to America,” Marolt said.
It’s been noted that one of Aspen’s hallmarks as a popular World Cup tour stop is the strong embracing of ski racing by the entire Aspen community.
“To have the World Cup Finals coming to Aspen in 2017 is a long awaited homecoming,” Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of Aspen Skiing Company,said. “Aspen became an iconic brand in the late 40’s by attracting world class athletic and cultural events, beginning with the 1950 FIS Championships in what was then a sleepy little town. Fast forward to present day and this community exudes vibrancy and the pursuit of excellence and we are incredibly excited to host the world’s best athletes in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2017.”
Aspen was selected by the FIS Council over Lenzerheide, Switzerland and the mountain nation of Andorra.