Top national talent racing in Aspen Spring Series
Two U.S. national champions will join an elite group of alpine skiers who are competing in a week’s worth of speed and technical events at Aspen Highlands this week. Racing will continue until Wednesday.
The Aspen FIS Spring Series kicked off Thursday with two days of giant slalom racing for men.
Today will open the speed portion of the series with a pair of super-G races are set for the Stapleton Alpine Training Center that utilizes the Golden Horn and Thunderbowl trails.
According to Kate Avrin, men’s alpine team manager for the USSA, the winners of both men’s speed events at last week’s U.S. Nationals in Sugarloaf, Maine, will be in attendance at the Highlands spring series.
That includes Aspen native Wiley Maple, who won the national downhill title, and Drew Duffy, the surprise winner of the super-G who beat out World Cup, World Championships and Olympic medalists.
Also confirmed for the Highlands FIS series are U.S. Ski Team members Bryce Bennett, Kipling Weisel, Tanner Farrow, Sam Morse and Sam Dupratt, as well as members of the elite National Training Group. Racers from Sweden and Canada have also confirmed their attendance.
Spring Series races are important to a skier’s point “profile” for next season, which can affect their start order. That can make for heated competition.
Last year’s podium for this FIS series at Highlands included 2015 World Championships silver medalist Travis Ganong and veteran Steven Nyman, winner of three World Cup downhills, including one last December.
AVSC will also field athletes in the men’s and women’s races.
The downhills are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, with a weather-dependent schedule.
Two super-Gs are on the schedule for today.
Go to http://www.live-timing.com for daily start times and results.
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