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NASTAR just announced that the National Championships will move to Aspen/Snowmass for 2013 and 2014.  Have to say my first reaction was 'Really!?!  Snowmass!?!  Yuck!'.  On the other hand, there are certainly no lack of places to stay in Snowmass.  Now affordable places might be harder to find.... wink.gif

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NASTAR just announced that the National Championships will move to Aspen/Snowmass for 2013 and 2014.  Have to say my first reaction was 'Really!?!  Snowmass!?!  Yuck!'.  On the other hand, there are certainly no lack of places to stay in Snowmass.  Now affordable places might be harder to find.... wink.gif

 

 

Really, why?   The race dept. at ASC is really good, I bet they do a great job. 

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It's not like Aspen has no experience with putting on a race.

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I think it will be a good venue but I imagine it will be a good deal more expensive in terms of hotels etc. and that may impact the attendance. I was never that keen on Winter Park because it was hard to find hotels, most of the lodging was condos which is fine if you are a family but not so good for a couple. I was at both Park City and Steamboat when it was there and enjoyed both - Steamboat probably more because I won there.

 

 


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Really, why?   The race dept. at ASC is really good, I bet they do a great job. 

I'm sure that the race dept will do a fine job with the event.  My initial reaction is based on my admittedly limited experience with Snowmass as a mountain and the "village" as an area to host this event, also based on my only history with Nationals which is two trips to Winter Park.  One of the biggest weaknesses of the event at WP, IMHO, was the lack of an area that was conducive to holding the post-race celebrations.  I'm having a hard time imagining that improving at Snowmass.  There are certainly pluses and minuses to moving to Snowmass from WP and, on the whole, I'd give Snowmass an edge over returning to WP again, but Snowmass isn't high on my list of prefered ski areas, so from my point of view, hosting this at Snowmass doesn't increase my desire to attend.  Of course, I may not qualify next season which renders all of this moot biggrin.gif

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Wow, this was a big draw for steamboat. Any idea why/how they lost it?  I had a person who use to request my condo every year for this. 

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It hasn't been in Steamboat for a couple years, it's been in Winter Park the past two.  I believe the national championships are just a two year contract with the host resort and typically after the contract is up they rebid and usually move on to a new resort. 

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Wow, this was a big draw for steamboat. Any idea why/how they lost it?  I had a person who use to request my condo every year for this. 

post #8 of 13

thanks TAM! just checked, 09 winter was last at Steamboat.

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Snowmass has a bunch of slopeside hotel rooms and condos and a good many more condos with easy access to skiing. The bus service can make it almost door-to-door also. There are plenty of spaces capable of holding the after-race celebrations.
post #10 of 13

^^

I agree, but it might be slightly more expensive?

 

The Spyder Sabich race area is really nice and basically has it's own HSQ.  I'm personal friends with many of the top race department and they are all very competent.

 

I hope you do qualify and go.  I think you would be pleased.

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The event ran four years at Park City, four at Steamboat, and three at Winter Park.  Since 2004, the only event I've missed is 2007 due to broken ribs.  I'll go wherever the event is held.  NASTAR's director of operations, Bill Madsen, is a logistical genius and Snowmass is his hometown.  He always puts on a good event and brings out the biggest names to paceset.  This year he even got Picabo Street out of retirement.  It was joy to watch Ted Ligety rip it up on our course for the Race of Champions on Sunday.

 

I've never been to Snowmass but have heard very positive things about it.  They have been awarded the event in 2013 and 2014.

 

If you live in the East, consider attending the NASTAR Open, a scaled down version of the Big Dance.  Four time Olympian A J Kitt does the pacesetting.  The last three years it's been held at Windham, Greek Peak, and Wachusett.  Next year's venue hasn't been set yet.

post #12 of 13

Monday, the 18th, is the last day to qualify for this year's Nationals.  Click for details.

 

See you in Snowmass!
 

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FYI:

 

If you use Hotwire and play with the dates a  little you can get 3 1/2* Hotel Wildwood,  in the village for $107/night plus tax and hotwires fees.  4* Westin is ski in/out for $123 plus tax and fees, but they also add a $30/day resort fee.   Both are nice properties and have a complementary airport shuttles.

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