Aspen Mountain, CO, Nov. 15, 2001-¿The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the International Ski Federation will split the sites for next weekend's scheduled FIS World Cup alpine ski races to help keep the races in Colorado. Men's races will remain in Aspen Nov. 24-26, with the women moving to Copper Mountain Nov. 21-22.
The move of the women's events to Copper will give crews at Aspen Mountain a few more days to continue preparation of courses for the men's races, and keep those races very close to original schedule. The new schedule will be:
Wed. Nov. 21, Women's Giant Slalom, Copper Mountain (9:15 a.m./Noon)
Thu. Nov. 22, Women's Slalom, Copper Mountain (10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m.)
Sat. Nov. 24, Men's Giant Slalom, Aspen Mountain (10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m.)
Sun. Nov. 25, Men's Slalom, Aspen Mountain (10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m.)
Mon. Nov. 26, Men's Slalom, Aspen Mountain (10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m.)
"We appreciate Copper Mountain stepping in to assist in keeping our races in Colorado to kickoff the Olympic season," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "Aspen has made a strong commitment to World Cup racing, and this plan allows us to keep the majority of our races on schedule on Aspen Mountain and keep the entire schedule in Colorado as planned."
All of the top teams and athletes from ski racing nations around the globe are expected for the Aspen and Copper Mountain races. Television schedules will remain the same for domestic broadcasts on ESPN and ESPN2.
"We appreciate that Copper Mountain has stepped up to hold the women's races, and we are pleased that all of the World Cup races are on and happening in Colorado," said Jimmy Hancock, Aspen World Cup Chief of Race. "This decision buys us more time for course preparation and the current weather forecast looks promising. We are confident that the combination of natural snowfall and colder temperatures will allow us to be ready to roll for the men's races on Aspen Mountain, Nov. 24-26."
"We are truly excited to bring the World Cup back to Copper," said David Barry, chief operating officer for Copper Mountain Resort. "Our recent snowmaking improvements are producing exceptional early season snow.
Those improvements, combined with the best team of employees anywhere, will provide us the opportunity to kickoff a great three weeks of ski racing here in Colorado. Together with our friends from Aspen and Beaver Creek, we will show the world that Colorado stands atop the leader board as the premier destination for both the ski racing community and winter vacationers alike."