Aspen Winternational the schedule
ASPEN, Colorado The 2008 Aspen Winternational brings womens World Cup ski racing to Aspen Mountain on Nov. 29 and 30, but the action doesnt begin and end on the slopes.As always, World Cup weekend in Aspen includes the Dine Around the World promotion, with participating restaurants offering food and drink specials featuring the cuisine of various competitors home countries. It begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.Participating establishments are: Jimmys, Rustique Bistro, LHostaria, Cache Cache, Matsuhisa, Social, Elevation and Dish Aspen. Ask for the Dine Around prix fix menu between 6 and 9 p.m. nightly.A Saturday night concert and fireworks are also planned.On Saturday and Sunday, free public shuttles run to and from the race arena at the Lift 1A base of Aspen Mountain every 20 minutes, stopping at Rubey Park, the St. Regis and the race venue.Schedule of eventsFRIDAY10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsor Village booths open in the Aspen Gondola PlazaSATURDAY10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsor Village booths open in the Aspen Gondola Plaza10 a.m. Race start for womens giant slalom, first run, on Strawpile ski run1 p.m. Race start for womens giant slalom, final, Strawpile3 to 4 p.m. U.S. Ski Team members sign autographs, Aspen Gondola Plaza7 p.m. Awards ceremony for race winners and presentation of the Bingham Cup, Aspen Gondola Plaza7:30 p.m. Free, outdoor concert featuring Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Aspen Gondola Plaza9 p.m. Fireworks over the Little Nell run on Aspen MountainSUNDAY10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsor Village booths open in the Aspen Gondola Plaza10 a.m. Race start for womens slalom, first run, Strawpile1 p.m. Race start for womens slalom, final, StrawpileCheck aspentimes.com for race coverage on Saturday and Sunday.Go to http://www.aspentimes.com/worldcup to view the official Aspen/Snowmass Winternational program.