The 2012-13 North American Cup Series, a steppingstone tour for aspiring World Cup racers, begins this weekend at Loveland Ski Area with men's slalom races on Saturday and Sunday and women's slalom races on Monday and Tuesday.
Athletes winning discipline titles, as well as the runners-up, receive World Cup starts for the next season. This year's field is made up of 100 of the world's best racers from 15 countries including the defending champion from last season, Will Brandenburg (USA).
"Loveland is honored to host some of the best young ski racers in the world to kick-off this year's Nor-Am Cup," said Rob Goodell, director of business operations for the ski area. "The course is in great shape for these elite racers and we invite everyone to Loveland Valley to watch as they begin their quest for a World Cup start."
The races will be held at Loveland Valley on the run Twist. The first start is at 9 a.m. each day with the second run starting at noon. Award ceremonies will take place each day approximately 30 minutes after the end of the second session at the base area of Loveland Valley. Spectators are invited to watch the race and will be able to access the race course at Loveland Valley via a walkway from the base area.