Experience worth the trek from Aspen to Vail 2015 | AspenTimes.com

Experience worth the trek from Aspen to Vail 2015

Being the intrepid traveler that I am, I braved the crowds and headed out to Vail last week for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

I shaved a little time by catching a local bus from Avon up to Beaver Creek rather than waiting in the massive line at the spectator parking lot. It still took about an hour all told to shuttle up to Red Tail Stadium, as you have to take another bus from the base up, and by the time I arrived, the main stands at the bottom of the course were full.

I hiked up on the right side of the course though, and it was well worth it, not only for the exercise on that bluebird day but also because I was able to creep forward all the way up to the fence. I could hear the whizzing sound as fast women from all over the world sped by us in search of glory.

I was there for the women’s downhill, and the excitement was palpable, especially in the lead up to Lindsey Vonn’s run. While her finish was a bit disappointing, it was neat to see Tina Maze cry as her country’s national anthem played.

Since I just had the one day, I stuck around to watch the men do their training run. I was rewarded with an awesome seat where I could see the course from start to finish and some great company in the form of some former ski racers. They provided better commentary than most sportscasters would, and I think they had as much fun as I did answering my questions and swapping stories about life in our respective resort towns.

Not long after Ted Ligety’s run, I decided I was done cooking in the sun and headed back toward my car. After another hour spent getting down, I decided I probably didn’t have the patience to come back. As they say, I left on a good note.


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