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Race times, event schedule released for Winternational

Staff report

A racer completes the slalom course during the 2014-15 Winternational last November. The world's fastest women will return to Aspen for a giant slalom race Friday and slalom races Saturday and Sunday.

The best women ski racers in the world will take to the slopes of Aspen Mountain mid-morning for races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to the Winternational schedule release Monday.

A giant slalom race will be held Friday. Slalom races will be held Saturday and Sunday. All races end at the base of Lift 1A.

The first run of the giant slalom will be at 10 a.m. Friday. The finals will be held at 1 p.m.

The slalom Saturday will kick off at 10:15 a.m. with the finals at 1:15 p.m.

On Sunday, the slalom will start at 10 a.m. and the finals will be held at 1 p.m.

Admission to the spectator venue is free. The finish area also will feature live music, a beer garden, prize giveaways, concessions for purchase and a kids' slalom foot race.

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After the giant slalom race Friday, racing enthusiasts can go on a free public wax-room tour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Mountain Chalet parking area.

The World Cup kickoff party will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel. It features members of the U.S. Ski Team signing autographs as well as a public bib drawing at 6:30 p.m. for the following day's race. There will be food and drink specials offered at the Limelight.

Following the slalom race Saturday, there will be a free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert featuring Jamestown Revival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. followed by the women's awards ceremony. Fireworks will top off the celebration at 8:15 p.m.

Free shuttles to the Aspen Winternational will run every 15 minutes with stops at the intersection of Monarch and Dean streets, Galena and Dean streets and the venue entrance located at Monarch and Summit streets.

Skiers can access the course from the top of Little Nell via the Tower Ten Road and then return to the Silver Queen Gondola, as there is no public loading on the Shadow Mountain lift.

For TV broadcast, the Friday giant slalom will air live from 12:30 to 2 p.m. MST on UniHD; the Saturday slalom final will be live in HD on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. MST; and the Sunday slalom final will be broadcast live in HD on NBC at 1 p.m. MST.

To view the detailed World Cup schedule as well as purchase VIP tickets for access to the World Cup hospitality tent visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/aspen-winternational.