- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Officials with the U.S. Ski Association say Aspen is no longer hosting this year’s FIS World Cup races due to much-needed upgrades.

The Aspen Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/2n0Adch) Monday that FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis says a new lift is needed to replace one that is 45 years old and the conditions of the base area and a restaurant need to be improved.

John Rigney with host Aspen Skiing Co. acknowledged the ski area’s need for “a face-lift.” But he says moving the November World Cup from Aspen is a “disservice to the racers, the fans and the sport of skiing.”

Aspen Skiing Co. has received federal approval for a new chairlift but its installation hasn’t yet gotten city approval.

Lewis says the races could be moved to Killington, Vermont.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, https://www.aspendailynews.com

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