FIS Ski World Cup Returns To Aspen In 2023


Lucy Fowler, Writer

On November 26th and 27th, lots of the world’s top female skiers raced at the 2022 Heroic Killington Cup in Killington, Vermont. This competition is the only women’s World Cup event in the US this season. There were two races: the slalom (a race downhill that goes through a tough course) and the giant slalom (which runs over a longer course). 

U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin was the slalom champion at Killington and had won the event many times before. This season, she had already won the first two alpine World Cup events, and no other woman had done this in almost 30 years! During Shiffrin’s career, she has won 76 World Cups. This year, she held 5th place. 

In May of 2023, Aspen, Colorado will host the men’s International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) ski World Cup. It will be mostly downhill terrain, and super-G (super giant slalom). Aspen was actually the host of the first World Championships held outside of Europe In 1950. Aspen has hosted more than 95 World Cup races for men and women over the past years. (You can drive to Aspen in 3-4 hours, so you can still go see the race live!) 

 Here Are Some Fun Ski Facts: 

-New York has the most ski resorts of any state in the US

-The oldest ski was discovered in Sweden, which could have been invented around 4500-2500 BC.

– Austria is one of the top places to go skiing in the world 

-For some people, the ski season is too short for them, so during the summer, you can also go water skiing!

Do you like to ski?