Aspen lobbies for 2001 ski races |

Aspen lobbies for 2001 ski races

Three Aspen Skiing Co. executives traveled to Copper Mountain for the women’s World Cup ski races last weekend, but they weren’t just passive spectators.

The delegation was on a lobbying mission to try to secure World Cup races in fall 2001, according to Skico Chief Operating Officer John Norton, who made the trip.

Aspen would like to host the men’s and women’s technical races that are traditionally held in Park City, Utah, at the beginning of the World Cup season. Since Utah is hosting the Olympics later that winter, Park City probably won’t want to hold those early-season races, said Norton.

“I think we have the support of the Ski Team and the Park City people,” Norton said Sunday.

Park City officials were assured Aspen wasn’t trying to permanently steal those races, Norton said. As the home of the U.S. Ski Team, Park City is virtually always on the World Cup schedule. However, the women’s races were being held at Copper because Park City didn’t have enough snow to host them.

Norton made the trip to Copper Mountain for Friday’s women’s giant slalom and Saturday’s slalom with Aspen Mountain manager Steve Sewell and Jim Hancock, chief of race for Aspen’s World Cup races.

The Aspen trio was unable to talk to officials with the International Ski Federation about the fall 2001 races since they were so busy putting on the event. However, Aspen native and U.S. Ski Association President Bill Marolt indicated he would make a pitch for Aspen hosting the races, according to Norton.

Aspen already has locked up races for fall 2000. Women’s super-G and slalom races will be held at Aspen Mountain on Thanksgiving weekend next season.

If lobbying for the fall 2001 races is successful, they would be held the weekend before Thanksgiving, according to Norton.

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