World synchro ski championships return to Aspen
The Aspen Times
Synchronized skiing anyone?
The 15th annual Aspen World Synchro Ski Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Aspen Mountain.
The event features international and national ski schools as they showcase their skills in synchronized skiing, racing and mogul skiing.
Ten teams of eight skiers are scheduled to compete in the two-day competition, including several teams representing the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass.
The Aspen Demo Team will compete along with three all-women’s teams (Aspen Team Diva, Diva-Ettes and Diva-Lution).
The Argenteam will compete along with the Argengirls.
Also this year, the Southern Syncho Skiers from Telluride are in the field with the Telluride Ghostbusters and the Whistler Demo Team from Canada.
This year will be the first for the Whistler team.
Today is training day for the teams with the North American run closed at Aspen Mountain for synchro team practice.
On Friday, action moves to the Nastar course at Aspen Mountain.
Skiers will race in the dual slalom format.
Then, the Skiers will head to the bump competition on the Blondie’s run at Aspen Mountain.
The featured synchronized skiing competition is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday on North American at Aspen Mountain.
Last year, the Aspen Demo Team won the world title in Aspen. The Telluride Ghostriders finished second for the second consecutive year.
Aspen Team Diva, the 2014 winners, finished third in the 2015 event.
In scoring, the synchro results account for 70 percent of the team results.
The public is invited to view the synchro skiing event, visible from Bonnie’s Restaurant.
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