Aspen Winternational gets go-ahead | AspenTimes.com

Aspen Winternational gets go-ahead

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The International Ski Federation made it official Thursday, confirming that snow conditions on Aspen Mountain are sufficient to stage two World Cup races on Thanksgiving weekend.

Women’s World Cup racing kicks off here with giant slalom on Saturday, Nov. 27. Slalom follows on Sunday.

The course is in such good shape that the U.S. Ski Team will have the rare opportunity to train on the hill Friday and Saturday.

“It’s awesome to be able to get on the hill early,” said U.S. women’s technical head coach Trevor Wagner in a team news release. “It allows us to get a look at the terrain and give the girls some confidence on the slope before race day. With this being such an early race, it’s not easy to get the hill ready in time for us to train on it, but Aspen did a great job maximizing the natural snow to give us a few days on it.”

For more information on the Aspen Winternational, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com.