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The 2014 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational is this weekend.

The events take place on Aspen Mountain.

Here's an explanation and rundown from the official site:

The world’s fastest women skiers will once again take Aspen Mountain by storm over Thanksgiving weekend. Spectators near and far are invited to the base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain to enjoy prime viewing of the finish line from the grandstands. Live television coverage by NBC and NBC Sports will capture the excitement that embodies World Cup racing. The weekend includes the first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series of the season. Both events are FREE and open to the public!

On today on CrossCurrents, Brad Manosevitz of Aikido Aspen.

Brad Manosevitz, Chief instructor at Aikido Aspen. Brad began studying Aikido in Santa Cruz, California under the direction of Linda Holiday Sensei in 1990. He has led the Aikido program at Colorado Mountain College since 2001.

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On CrossCurrents today, the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is hoping to wrap up its capital campaign by the end of this year. Guests are Mark Cole, executive director and Barbara Frank, development director at AVSC.

 

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Elise Thatcher

    Professional cyclist and Aspen resident Tejay Van Garderen is well rested and ready to dominate the USA Pro Challenge. The 26 year old is the defending champion of the week-long race, which kicks off in Aspen today, Monday August 18th. Van Garderen talks with APR's Elise Thatcher.

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   As the cycling world gears up for the Tour de France start this coming Saturday, July 5th, the sport is still dusting itself off. A generation of riders were found guilty of cheating in the late nineties through mid-two thousands. One of the most well-known riders was part-time Aspen resident Lance Armstrong who is now stripped of his many wins and banned from the sport. Organizers and riders alike say the sport is far cleaner now. Armstrong and two other former pro cyclists took some time to look back on the choices they made, and what comes next.  

Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge will return to the area this August, only this time it’ll cover more ground in the Roaring Fork Valley. The race will spend the first day in Aspen and Snowmass Village. The second day, riders head down valley through Basalt and Carbondale, then cycle over an unpaved pass to Crested Butte. Like in previous years, the route has prompted debate among local officials about which roads are best. So far at least one official is in favor of the proposed itinerary. 

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Aspen athlete and Nordic skier Noah Hoffman competed yesterday in the last day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The US Ski Team praised Hoffman’s performance in the taxing 50 kilometer race. Afterwards, Hoffman told NBC News he felt good about how the event went.  As the crowd cheered in the background, Hoffman explained he’s focused on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea: “This is definitely a step in the right direction for me, and looking forward to progress in the World Cup Circuit and coming back in four years and winning a medal here.”

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There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court. 

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Tarnished cyclist Lance Armstrong is at the center of an ongoing controversy about doping in the sport. He’s also now in the spotlight in Hollywood. The first of several anticipated movies about the iconic athlete recently showed in Aspen. In The Armstrong Lie, award winning director Alex Gibney examines the underbelly of the the cyclist’s career. Reporter Elise Thatcher caught up with viewers after a showing at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.

Andrew M. Israel

The next big thing in skiing and snowboarding is already here. At least, that’s according to the heavy hitters in the snow sports industry, which held its annual conference this last weekend in Denver. Aspen blogger Andrew M. Israel was there to take it all in. He writes the AspenSpin.com, and occasionally for aspenpublicradio.org. Israel says one of the best moments doesn’t really have much to do with snow: "Always one of my favorites is waffles on a stick, at the Vans booth. 

 

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