PARK CITY, UT (USST release) - The Chevy Truck Super Series, the premier domesticalpine race series, will include 20 men's and women's races this winter,starting Nov. 13-17 at Colorado's Nature Valley Alpine Cup at Loveland Basin,the U.S. Ski Team announced Wednesday.
Tom Horrocks, the Ski Team's alpine event manager, said the schedule includes 10women's races and 10 for the men. The Super Series, which represents the U.S.races in the annual Nor Am Cup lineup and is one level below the World Cup,includes races from Colorado and Utah to Maine.
The 2002-03 Chevy Truck Super Series schedule:
- Nov. 13-14 (Loveland Basin, CO) - two women's giant slaloms Dec. 1-2 (Aspen, CO) - two women's super GsDec. 9-10 (Beaver Creek, CO) - two men's super GsJan. 2-5 (Sunday River, ME) - two men's slaloms and giant slalomsFeb. 5-11 (Aspen, CO) - two women's downhills and two women's super Gs
- Nov. 16-17 (Loveland Basin, CO) - two men's slaloms
- Nov. 17-18 (Winter Park, CO) - two women's slaloms
- Nov. 25-26 (Park City, UT) - two men's giant slalom
"We've worked hard in recent years to build the schedule of the Super Series around World Cup races to provide our athletes a greater opportunity to competeagainst the Europeans and have a chance to earn valuable FIS points towardbetter starting positions for the remainder for the season," Horrocks said."We've received great cooperation again this winter from all our organizers andwe're ready to stage some great events and enhance the alpine racingexperience."
The early season Super Series events feature a deep pool of U.S., Canadian andinternational athletes looking to gain early World Cup form and set the pace forthe upcoming season. Indeed, the early season events are dubbed mini-WorldCups due to the depth of the field. As the season rolls on, competing athletesare mostly members of the U.S. and Canadian nationals teams along with topregional and provincial racers.