Aspen Mountain hosts women’s World Cup

If it isn’t exciting enough simply getting ready for opening day, which normally includes a hectic schedule of special events and celebrity sightings, Aspen Mountain this weekend also welcomes the world’s fastest women on skis for two days of World Cup races.

The 2010 Visa Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Alpine World Cup includes a giant slalom Saturday and the slalom Sunday with television coverage by NBC and Versus.

Races start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Spectators can watch all the action for free from the grandstands and on the JumboTron TV screen at the base of Lift 1A.

“Yeah, it gets a little crazy, but we love it so much,” said Meredith McKee, public relations manager for the Aspen Skiing Co. “We’ve had so much snow recently and are expecting more this week so there’s that and, of course, we’re always in a rush to get the area opened and all the activities associated with that.”

Throw in a couple hundred racers and their entourages, and you have a weekend unlike any other.

“We love having the ladies here, it’s so much fun,” McKee said. “It’s our 40th year of hosting the World Cup and it’s become part of our tradition. We take over the Lift 1 side of the mountain.”

Other ski resorts opening this week include: today — Crested Butte, Sunlight, Steamboat, Beaver Creek; Thursday — Ski Cooper, Snowmass, Telluride; Friday — Purgatory at Durango Mountain.


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