PHOTOS: Technical races take over Aspen Mountain venue
Technical races kicked off the World Cup Finals weekend Saturday with the men taking to the giant slalom and the women on the slalom set on lower Ruthie’s Run.
They were greeted Saturday morning with warm temperatures and clear skies.
Mikaela Shiffrin had the Crystal Globe locked up going into the slalom, and Saturday she finished second to Petra Vlhova, who had the final run of the day and bested Shiffrin at the finish.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria overcame a 0.01 second deficit in the first run and warming temperatures to lay down a flawless second run and win the race and the season title. He defeated Felix Neureuther of Germany by more than a half second Saturday.
The racing at Aspen Mountain wraps up Sunday when the racers switch and the women’s run the GS and the men are on the slalom.
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