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FIS Spring Series downhill events begin at Aspen Highlands

John Ohail/oakley.com

The International Ski Federation Spring series race is almost over. Hosted by Aspen Valley Ski and and Snowboard Club at Aspen Highlands, there are downhill events today, April 7th, and tomorrow. They will not include a local member of the US Ski Team. Wiley Maple won the men’s national downhill title last month. He’d hoped to take on the downhill course in Aspen today, but a last minute knee injury got in the way.

“I did it jumping over a fence, into a hot tub. I didn’t make it into the hot tub, so I’d say it definitely wasn’t worth it,” he says with a rueful smile.

The dislocated knee convinced Maple to go ahead with surgery that was already on the to-do list. He wishes he were competing this week, but is glad to see the FIS race is continuing an old tradition of having two downhill runs. Another resident of the Roaring Fork Valley also won a national title in March.

Glenwood Springs skier Alice McKinnis won the women’s Super Giant Slalom, or Super G.

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