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Where to watch

Naomi Havlen

Some of the fastest women in the world on skis will rip down Aspen Mountain this morning, and the view should be good from the cheap seats.

The World Cup events will kick off with the women’s super G race today at 10. The main gathering area for spectators is at the finish line, where 800 seats are available at the base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain.

The stands have been set up to include halftime entertainment between the first and second runs of the women’s slalom on Saturday. The Finish Line Cafe opens today with food and beverages catered by Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro. Some free snacks and beverages will also be provided in the grandstands.

“The town and the community spent a lot of time, money and resources to fine-tune the grandstands to add a number of seats and accessibility,” said Jessica Webber, spokeswoman for the Aspen Skiing Co.

A shuttle van will be available to take spectators from the gondola plaza and the St. Regis Hotel to the grandstands at the top of Aspen Street.

But for those who’d like to witness parts of the race while on skis themselves, Webber said Aspen Skiing Co. ambassadors are meeting skiers this morning at 9:45 next to the guest service center at the top of the Silver Queen gondola. The ambassadors will provide an escorted tour alongside the race course.

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The same tour will be offered on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Webber said the public can watch the start of the super G race from the starting gates, behind the fenced-off area of the course. Skiers will not be allowed to stand alongside the length of the course for safety reasons, except for members of the media with approved credentials.

Lift 1A will be running so spectators can access a Ruthie’s Restaurant viewing area.