Hostess with the Mostest


Sure, 2002 is gonna be huge. But for winter-sports fans, this coming season could do America just as proud. The U.S. will host a record 42 World Cup ski and snowboard events¿historic in itself, but perhaps most impressive because this will be the only country in the world to showcase events in all disciplines, from snowboard halfpipe to disabled slalom to Nordic combined. Much of the thanks goes to Utah's beehivelike preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics; 32 of the comps will take place on brand-new Olympic and Paralympic venues around Salt Lake. Some of the largest gains are in cross-country and ski jumping; two new sites near Park City will hold a series of Nordic events at a festival in January. Even Sunday River, Maine, is getting into the World Cup act, hosting free-style aerials and moguls competitions. Alpine fans, get your cowbells ready: The race season kicks off November 16 at Park City.