DeMattei in the gate

Gaetano DeMattei, who turns 90 today, in the start gate at Aspen Highlands on Friday. He will be recognized and celebrated today in the Tiehack Room of the Inn at Aspen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during an awards reception for the FIS Masters Cup, taking place at Highlands. DeMattei is scheduled to compete in today’s giant slalom and Sunday’s super-G races.

In the same weekend that American Lindsey Vonn will race the final downhill of her storied career in Sweden, Aspen Highlands is hosting a prestigious race series where a veteran competitor also will be feted.

The only North American stop for the Alpine Masters Globes, the FIS Masters Cup is headquartered at Aspen Highlands through Tuesday. The series started Friday with a slalom, and there is a giant slalom today and two super-G’s on Sunday, followed by downhill racing and training on Monday and Tuesday.

According to Bill Tomcich, a local racer who was instrumental in bringing the event back to Aspen (Buttermilk was home to the event in both 2015 and 2016), the international field includes more than a dozen competitors from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, France and Great Britain. More than 100 domestic racers are expected too.

“It attracts competitors from across the globe who travel the globe in pursuit” of ski racing, Tomcich said Friday in an email.

One veteran racer, Gaetano DeMattei, who turns 90 today, will be recognized and celebrated today in the Tiehack Room of the Inn at Aspen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the awards reception. DeMattei is scheduled to compete in today’s giant slalom and Sunday’s super-G races.