Aspen not among proposed World Cup stops for 2017-18 alpine season
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Tuesday its plans for next winter’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup stops, a list that does not include Aspen.
Killington Resort in Vermont and Beaver Creek Resort are set to host alpine World Cup races for the 2017-18 season, while Aspen, which recently hosted the World Cup Finals, will be on the outside looking in.
“Killington and Beaver Creek are both dedicated partners who, along with Aspen and Squaw Valley, have demonstrated their commitment to showcasing our athletes and growing the sport of alpine ski racing,” USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a news release. “We’ve seen strong performances from our athletes at both venues and look forward to giving them the opportunity to ski on home snow as they vie for their Olympic spots.”
Aspen Mountain had become a regular stop in recent years for women’s technical races, with the 2013-14 season being the last year it did not host any races. Following March’s World Cup Finals, the International Ski Federation applauded Aspen’s ability to host such an event, but also made it clear it wants to see Lift 1A replaced, along with more upgrades at the base of Shadow Mountain, before World Cup races return.
The annual Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek has become a regular stop for the speed men, while Killington hosted the technical women this winter, the first time World Cup races were held in New England in more than 20 years. It was reported more than 30,000 spectators attended the Killington races.
The proposed agreement also has Killington hosting races during the 2018-19 season.
The final World Cup calendar is expected to be approved by FIS following its annual calendar meetings, which conclude May 28.
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