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U.S. Ski Team’s tech championships coming to Snowmass, Highlands in 2020

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United States' Mikaela Shiffrin skis during the first run of a women's World Cup giant slalom ski race Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Aspen. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
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U.S. Alpine Tech Championships 2020 March 28: Parallel slalom at Snowmass March 29: Men's and women's slalom at Aspen Highlands March 30: Women’s giant slalom at Aspen Highlands March 31: Men's giant slalom at Aspen Highlands

The top American ski racers in the technical disciplines will be at Aspen Highlands and Snowmass in March 2020 and again in 2022 for the U.S. Alpine Tech Championships, it was announced Tuesday.

The championships will include men’s and women’s slalom, giant slalom and parallel slalom, the U.S. Ski Team and Aspen Skiing Co. said in a news release.

The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club will help host the events, which were last in Aspen 60 years ago. Aspen has hosted the U.S. speed skiing nationals a few times since.

“Not only will our older athletes have the chance to compete with the best in the country on their home hill, but our younger athletes will have the chance to watch, interact with, and be inspired by the top competitors in their sport,” Mark Godomsky, executive director of AVSC, said in the news release. “We are incredibly grateful and proud of the Aspen Highlands race venue, and can’t wait to share it with athletes and clubs around the country during this awesome event.”

The schedule in March 2020 is: parallel slalom, March 28 at Snowmass racing area; and the other events will be at Aspen Highlands, including men’s and women’s slalom March 29, women’s giant slalom, March 30 and men’s giant slalom March 31.

The week before the Tech Championships, Snowmass will host the NASTAR National Championship from March 24 through 28. NASTAR is a feeder program for the U.S. Ski Team and a way for recreational skiers to keep competing.

“Ski racing is deeply engrained in Aspen’s heritage and our mountains have seen ski racing triumphs from greats such as Billy Kidd, Franz Klammer, Tamara McKinney, Ingemar Stenmark, Alberto Tomba, and Mikaela Shiffrin,” Skico senior vice president John Rigney said in the news release. “We are honored to continue this storied history and look forward to providing the best possible races for the U.S. Ski Team athletes and up-and-comers vying for the honor of national champion.”

For the first time, both events will be at the same venue, allowing the top recreational racers to have the unique opportunity to compete side-by-side with the best American alpine ski racing athletes, according to the release.

The last significant alpine ski event the Aspen-area hosted was the 2017 World Cup Finals, which included Shiffrin winning her first overall crystal globe.