The Aspen Skiing Co. is hoping to bring ski racing’s World Cup Finals to Aspen Mountain in 2017.
The season-ending event would feature speed, technical and combined races for the top athletes in both men’s and women’s skiing, using the west side of Ajax. The men’s downhill would follow the route of the famed “America’s Downhill” course on the Aztec run to the base of Lift 1A, and would be the first men’s World Cup race in Aspen since 2001.
Aspen has a long history of hosting elite ski racing events, dating back to a world championships held here in 1950. More recently, Aspen has hosted an annual women’s world cup race on the 1A hill on the weekend following Thanksgiving.
SkiCo Vice President John Rigney was in Switzerland earlier this month to discuss Aspen’s bid with International Skiing Federation (FIS) officials.
Lenzerheide, Switzerland has also bid on the 2017 finals. Ski racing officials are currently deciding if Olympic test events can be held in South Korea, the site of the 2018 games, in 2017 instead of two years before as is typical. If the change is approved, the test events would likely be held right after the 2017 World Championships, according to a report in Ski Racing magazine, decreasing the likelihood that FIS would stage a World Cup finals in North America.
If the bid goes through, Aspen would be the first North American locale to host the World Cup Finals since Vail did so in 1997.
FIS officials are expected to reach a decision by June.
Aspen will not host a women’s World Cup this winter, because FIS will hold test events in Vail for the 2015 World Championships that weekend.
Josh Wolman will be the next headmaster of Aspen Country Day School, effective July 1, 2014.
The appointment of Wolman, who is currently the associate head of school for admissions and financial aid at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., is the culmination of an international search. He will become the 11th headmaster in the school’s 45-year history. Last fall, current headmaster John Suitor announced his intent to retire in June 2014 after 15 years at Country Day.
Working with consultant Rayna Loeb of Carney, Sandoe & Associates, who received more than 100 inquiries for the position, the school’s search committee interviewed candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, educational philosophies and experiences. Three finalists emerged from this process and each visited the school for several days. Feedback from parents and teachers proved essential to the search committee’s work. Country Day’s board of trustees recently approved of the hire.