In The News: Build it and they will come (ski)

Markus Waldner, chief of the FIS men’s World Cup alpine tour, knew the question before it left the reporter’s mouth.

“Will we come back to Aspen?” Waldner asked last week, during the trio of races staged on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek.

The races concluded Dec. 2 with a giant slalom won by Germany’s Stefan Luitz. He beat reigning Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher by .14 seconds for a two-run time of 2:36.38. Ted Ligety was the top American, finishing in eighth place.

This will be the second consecutive season the alpine World Cup tour has skipped Aspen due to the organizer’s failure to satisfy “technical requirements,” as outlined by FIS, ski racing’s governing body. Read more here.

Sarah-Jane Johnson