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Descend Aspen Mountain at this spring's FIS World Cup Finals.
Tuck, up, and away! Junior Champion Marco Odermatt of Switzerland races the Giant Slalom in the 2016 Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in St. Moritz. The Finals come to Aspen in 2017 for the first time ever.
It’s on. From March 15 through 19, the world’s fastest skiers will take to the slopes of Aspen Mountain as they come to compete in the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals. This is the first time the Finals, the ultimate event of each World Cup season, have been staged in Aspen, and the first time they have been held in America in 20 years. Not only do the Finals mark the return of the men’s World Cup races after a 15-year hiatus, they also herald a new age for ski racing in Aspen: For America’s most famed ski town, it doesn’t get any better than hosting the world’s best. As the competitors get ready to ride town’s historic Lift 1A to the top of the mountain to test their mettle, Aspen Peak takes a look at the numbers...
The number of days Aspen will be the focus of the skiing world as it hosts the top-25 ranked men and women in each of the World Cup season's final races in the Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom categories.
The year italy's Zeno Colo won Downhill at the World Championships in Aspen, the competition that put town on the international skiing map.
Age of six-time Olympic medalist and two-time overall World Cup champion Bode Miller, who hopes to return this season for one more chance at a gold-medal finish.
The speed racers reach on Aztec, the steepest part of the America’s Downhill course that winds from the top of Ruthie’s Run to the base of Lift 1A.
Drop, in feet, from the start of the America's Downhill at the top of Ruthie's run to the finish line just above the base of Lift 1A, 1.72 miles down the mountain.
Volunteers that will coordinate the races over all five days.
Price of the Little Nell's Ten-Star package, which includes a four-night stay in a luxury suite, a snowcat powder tour of Aspen Mountain, dinner at Element 47, and access to the Nell's mobile champagne and caviar bar stationed in perfect view of the race course.
"Official" guests coming to Aspen for the finals, including racers, tech teams, officials, and support staff.
Approximate number of gates each skier, including Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin, winner of two medals at last season’s Aspen finals, must negotiate in the slalom race.
Spectators expected to crowd the Lift 1A base area for each finals event.
Seasons contested in the FIS Ski World Cup since its founding by Woody Creek's Bob Beattie, French ski team director Honore Bonnet, and journalist Serge Lang.
World Cup wins (and 126 podium finishes) for Olympic gold medalist and four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn coming into the 2017 season. She has never won in Aspen...
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