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Aspen Wins Out; Will Host 2017 Alpine World Cup Finals

Aspen Winternationals 2011

The International Ski Federation Aspen has awarded the 2017 Alpine World Cup Finals. This marks the first time the event has been held in the U.S. in 20 years. Aspen was selected over Lenzerheide, Switzerland and the mountain nation of Andorra.

The March 15-19, 2017 event will feature the best men’s and women’s alpine skiing athletes in the world, competing in downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom and the nation’s team event.

Aspen’s long history of showcasing major ski events includes hosting numerous World Cups and the first World Alpine Skiing Championships outside of Europe in 1950.

The partnership between USSA and NBC Sports will provide extensive domestic and worldwide coverage.

U.S. ski team speed racer Alice McKennis, who has won a World Cup downhill, said, “As a club athlete training at Aspen, I would always dream that someday I’d be able to race a World Cup on my home mountain. But, as a female speed skier, it didn’t seem likely. Now, it is extremely motivating to know that if I work hard, I’ll be able to race World Cup downhill and super G on home snow in 2017.”

 

Photo: Aspen has long hosted major ski events, including the 2011 Winternationals, pictured here (USST)

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