The Aspen Winternational announced a schedule shift as organizers, sponsors, and FIS officials collaborated to bring America's women's alpine World Cup event to a bigger global audience.
The event, originally scheduled to begin the Friday after Thanksgiving, will now open Saturday, Nov. 29 with a giant slalom followed by a slalom on Sunday. Both races will be televised live on prime time in European markets and on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. MST in the United States on the NBC network.
"Aspen is one of America's premier venues for alpine ski racing, providing an outstanding spectacle for both fans on the slope and watching from home," Calum Clark, the vice president of events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said in a statement released by USSA.
"Live European coverage in key times for our alpine World Cups is a critical element to the ongoing success of the events here in the U.S. and the World Cup tour as a whole."
The best women ski racers in the world tackling Aspen Mountain isn't the only thing attractive about attending Winternational.
Also included on the weekend's schedule are a U.S. Ski Team autograph signing session at the Wheeler Opera House Friday evening, an Apres Ski Street Party at the Gondola Plaza, an evening concert on the Upper Gondola Plaza and a fireworks show above Little Nell on Saturday, and mid-race entertainment and prize giveaways Sunday.