Aspen World Cup spurs competition for best window display
ASPEN, Colorado Womens World Cup racing in Aspen, Colorado doesnt begin until Saturday, but the competition is already heating up.Twenty-four local businesses have decorated their windows in the spirit of the occasion. The business sporting the best World Cup display wins a grand prize package, including VIP passes to the races Saturday and Sunday on Aspen Mountain, plus official World Cup jackets and $2,500 advertising credit in the Times.The winner will be chosen based both on voting by Aspen Times readers and the scoring of celebrity judges. The judging will be based 30 percent on creativity, 30 percent on the displays ability to communicate the 40th anniversary theme of the event, and 40 percent on execution. Judges will review the displays on Friday afternoon; announcement of the winner will follow. Readers are welcome to cast their ballots anytime before noon on Friday. Look for the ballot in The Aspen Times, fill it out and drop it off at the Times office, 310 E. Main St.Competing businesses are: The Aspen Times, Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Blu Phoenix, Durrance Sports, Helley Hansen, Pomeroy Sports, Stefan Kalin, Ute Mountaineer, Surefoot, Gorsuch, Aspen Sports, Queen B Salon, Bandana Kids, Misstyx, Wolf Camera, American National Bank, Dennis Basso Furs, Pitkin County Dry Goods, Aspen Fine Art Gallery, Royal Street Fine Art, Aspen Book Store, ES Lawrence Gallery, The Gallerie and Ralph Lauren.Incidentally, the races begin with the giant slalom on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Slalom racing takes place Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Members of the U.S. Ski Team will sign autographs Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the gondola plaza.Also on Saturday, Robert Randolph & The Family Band will perform a free, outdoor concert at 7 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain, followed by fireworks on the mountain.Opening day on the ski slopes at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass is Thursday Thanksgiving Day and snow is in the forecast. The National Weather Service is predicting snow after midnight on Wednesday, with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches on Thursday and additional snow on Thursday night.