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World Cup Village to keep party going

The World Cup Village in Wagner Park will serve as a post-race hub from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
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WORLD CUP VILLAGE – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

WEDNESDAY:

1 to 9 p.m.: World Cup Village open

2 to 6 p.m.: America’s Downhill kickoff party

5 to 6 p.m.: U.S. Ski Team autograph signing

7 to 9 p.m.: International team’s coaches soccer tournament

THURSDAY:

1 to 9 p.m.: World Cup Village open

2 to 6 p.m.: Après in the Alps party

6:30 p.m.: Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Roch and Bingham Cup award presentations

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Bud Light Hi-Fi free concert featuring Vintage Trouble

FRIDAY:

1 to 9 p.m.: World Cup Village open

2 to 6 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day party

6:15 to 6:45 p.m.: Women’s slalom top 15 autograph singing

6:30 p.m.: Women’s slalom top 15 bib draw

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Bud Light Hi-Fi free concert featuring Gogol Bordello

SATURDAY:

1 to 9 p.m.: World Cup Village open

2 to 6 p.m.: Aspen Crud party

6:15 to 6:45 p.m.: Men’s slalom top 15 autograph singing

6:30 p.m.: Men’s slalom top 15 bib draw

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Bud Light Hi-Fi free concert featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead

8:45 p.m.: Fireworks on Aspen Mountain

SUNDAY:

1 to 9 p.m.: World Cup Village open

4 to 8 p.m.: World Cup thanks, volunteer party and community celebration, live music by Jes Fru

As the World Cup races wrap up by the early afternoon each day, the off-slope action will start to heat up in town.

Enter: World Cup Village, Aspen’s post-race home to the 2017 FIS World Cup Finals this week at Wagner Park.

“The idea was the races end fairly early and we wanted to create a place for people to come and still enjoy the event,” said Aspen Skiing Co. event manager Daragh Kneeshaw. “We wanted to create an off-hill hub of the event to be able to funnel people into town and keep the party going.”

From 1 to 9 p.m. today through Sunday, the World Cup Village will feature live performances, food and beverage, autograph signings, award ceremonies, photo opportunities, bib draws, live ice and marble sculpting, activities for children and more.

A jumbotron located in the southeast corner of the park will broadcast all World Cup events, including the races and concerts.

Performers Vintage Trouble, Gogol Bordello and Michael Franti and Spearhead also will headline the 2017 Bud Light Hi-Fi free concert series from Thursday to Saturday.

“In Europe, a lot of the World Cup races have this feel” of a post-race center, Skico spokesperson Jeff Hanle said. “So for us to be able to bring that in is pretty exciting, even for people who aren’t ski racing fans.”

Other World Cup Village happenings include live music each day from 2 to 6 p.m., a pop up showcasing the history of ski racing courtesy of Aspen Historical Society, catering by Slow Groovin’ BBQ, three bars — one serving wine, one for beer and one offering a daily special cocktail provided by Woody Creek Distillers — and a retail and merchandise shop, according to Kneeshaw.

The northbound lane on Monarch Street between Durant and Hyman avenues will remain closed through next Tuesday.

For more information on the World Cup Village, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com.

erobbie@aspentimes.com


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