Aspen, Colorado has a rich history with ski racing, but tomorrow - March, 15, 2017 - marks the first return of the FIS World Cup Finals to Aspen since 1950, the first time the finals have been held outside of Europe since 1997, AND the first time the World Cup men have raced in Aspen since 2001.
Two Leaves and a Bud is headquartered in Basalt, just down the valley from Aspen, so needless to say, we are thrilled that our community is hosting these international ski racing championships! In fact, we're closing our office a bit this week so our team can watch some of the races together. We are also incredibly proud that athletes, team staff, volunteers, and spectators will be keeping warm and hydrated with Two Leaves and a Bud tea throughout the event. We've partnered with the Aspen Skiing Company to stock the FIS World Cup Finals with tea!
The races feature the top 25 male and female ski racers from around the world in eight technical and speed events. On top of her game this season, and number one in the world, is Colorado native, Mikaela Shiffrin. If she seals the deal on this one, she will be the fifth American EVER to win the overall title. This will be history in the making, people!
Watch the event for free at the finish area at the base of Shadow Mountain, or with a lift pass, you can watch it directly from the side of the course. If you aren't lucky enough to watch it in person like us, here's the broadcast schedule.
Oh, and if just seeing ski racers in thin race suits outside in winter makes you cold, we suggest a nice cuppa' Two Leaves and a Bud tea to keep you warm while you watch!