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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Aspen Men's Speed Weekend

Next weekend two Downhills and a Super-G will be held in the ski resort of Aspen. The last time a Men's speed event took place in Aspen was in 2017 at the World Cup Finals.

Aspen Snowmass is gearing up for the return of America’s Downhill course on Aspen Mountain—a steep, corkscrewing technical track overlooking the town of Aspen.

Aspen has been home to more than 100 alpine races since local legend Bob Beattie started the FIS World Cup circuit in 1968. From 1939—when the first FIS-sanctioned races took place at Aspen—to 1950, when Aspen hosted the first FIS World Championships outside of Europe, to the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Finals, Aspen’s Roaring Fork Valley has been the main stage for world-class alpine racing for decades.

Aspen (USA)

March 3rd Downhill / Men

March 4th Downhill / Men

March 5th Super-G / Men

Dominik Paris won the last Downhill race of the season in Aspen. Teammate Peter Fill finished in second place and claimed his second consecutive discipline crystal globe. Carlo Janka rounded out the podium.

Hannes Reichelt won the Super-G race in Aspen in 2017. Joining the Austrian on the podium was Downhill winner, Italy’s Dominik Paris, and a tie for third between Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Swiss Mauro Caviezel.

Aspen Snowmass is a winter resort complex located in Pitkin County in western Colorado in the United States.

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

Originally a miningtown, Aspen began attracting recreational skiers after the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York create an interest in alpine skiing in the United States. The first attempt at developing a resort at Aspen came in 1936, when three men (T.J. Flynn, Ted Ryan, and Billy Fiske) formed the Highland Bavarian Corporation.In 1938, a former member of the 10th Mountain Division, Friedl Pfeifer, banded together with industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth to make the town and its mountain a destination for those seeking renewal of their mind, body and spirit. As Walter once said, "Aspen had fishing, climbing, skiing. Aspen had so much to add to leisure, to the renewal of the inner spirit. It was the perfect setting for music, art, education…all the things that make life worth living".

In 1945, Walter Paepcke began acquiring land and met with the original founder of Aspen’s ski club and school, which he was looking to acquire. A deal was struck and in January 1946, the Aspen Skiing Corporation was incorporated.

In 1958 Friedl Pfeifer opens Buttermilk Mountain. Whip Jones opens Highlands. William Janss, a former ski racer and land developer, becomes interested in Snowmass and purchases the majority of the land at its base.

In 1963 Aspen Skiing Corporation purchases Buttermilk Mountain from Friedl Pfeifer.

In 1967 Snowmass-at-Aspen, just 12 miles from Aspen, officially opens December 17 as a joint venture of Aspen Skiing Corporation and the Janss Corporation.


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