Lindsey Vonn’s taking it one day at a time before deciding whether to race this weekend in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Aspen, Colo.
Returning to gate training Nov. 18 in Vail after being hospitalized with a stomach illness, the 28-year-old four-time overall World Cup champ is feeling better.
“Lindsey has been training since Sunday and continues to regain her strength,” women’s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser told the US Ski Team. “Luckily we still have a few more days for her to be on snow before Aspen, but it is still day-to-day on whether she’ll be able to start.”
Ready to make their mark on US home turf are teammates Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin. Last season Mancuso finished third in the Aspen giant slalom. She says the Aspen course is a really difficult hill because it is so steep.
Mancuso is slated to race in both GS and slalom. So is Shiffrin, the 17-year-old Burke Mountain Academy sensation who’s already been on the podium this season with a slalom third-place finish in Levi, Finland, two weeks ago. That marked her second career World Cup finish. Her first came last December in Austria when she was just 16.
Also getting starting nods is Julia Ford. The 2012 NorAm overall and downhill champion attended Okemo Mountain School and Holderness School. The Granite State native earned her first career World Cup points last season.
Something to see
Watch more of Ted Ligety, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler, and other US Ski and Snowboard Team members on the USSA Network, a new collaboration between the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and YouTube. The channel features news and lifestyle programming plus live streaming of select events including the Dec. 1 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup super G from Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey course in Colorado. On Wednesdays look for “Snow Globe”, a short feature show with voice of the X Games and former US Ski Team member “Uncle E” Chris Ernst. In yesterday’s “Snow Globe,” Bode Miller nixed the notion of competing this weekend at Lake Louise, Alberta or next week in Beaver Creek as he continues to rebound from a knee injury. The defending downhill Birds of Prey course champ said, “Beaver Creek is off the radar.” Miller says he needs to come back from this injury 100 percent.
Opening movesMore New England ski areas are starting up around turkey time. Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch, N.H., plans to open Thursday with short hours, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and $15 lift tickets. Southern Vermont’s Mount Snow is opening too. Ski areas have limited terrain now while offering early season pricing and turning on those snow guns when the flip-flopping weather permits. “We’ve seen some pretty interesting temperature patterns over the last week, or so,” said Mount Snow’s director of operations Dave Moulton. “When the warmest temperature reading in northern New England is at the summit of Mount Washington, you know things are a little funny.” Sinister temperature inversions this week have put some projected openings on hold for a week at areas such as Cannon, Ragged, Burke, and Wachusett. “Our snowmakers are ready and waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate and we’ll open as soon as we can,” says Wachusett spokesman Tom Meyers. “We’re just waiting for the temps to dip just a little more and we’ll hit it hard and fast.” The Princeton mountain now plans a Dec. 1 opening for its 50th anniversary season. Cranmore, Smugglers’ Notch, Jay Peak, and Bromley are all anticipating Friday starts.
Thanksgiving may be about giblets, but on the slopes it’s about jibbing at rail jams over the holiday weekend. Granite Gorge in Keene, N.H., plans a rail jam today. Loon’s Cease and Desist rail jams in Lincoln are held under the lights Friday for skiers and Saturday for riders . . . Bring a canned good for the N.H. Food Bank to Manchester’s compact McIntyre Ski Area for Saturday afternoon’s Rail and Box Jam . . . Get in on Saturday’s Cans or Cash jib session at Wildcat for $3 or three canned goods for a local food pantry . . . North Conway’s Cranmore kicks off its 75th anniversary season with a homecoming event Saturday, including an update on the mountain’s improvements by president Ben Wilcox and a silent auction . . . Southern Vermont’s Stratton gets the season going with its very visible Village Rail Jam Saturday . . . Londonderry’s Magic Mountain this weekend unveils its new year-round TimberQuest challenge, a ropes and zip line course . . . Mount Snow’s Ski and Snowboard School instructors take to the Canyon trail Saturday evening for the annual torchlight parade followed by fireworks . . . Score a $30 lift ticket at Sugarloaf in western Maine this weekend by bringing three or more canned goods for the Tin Mountain Round Up . . . Try before you buy during Sunday River’s Demo Days Saturday and Sunday . . . Registration for the popular Annual Santa Sunday Dec. 2 at the River is Nov. 26 at noon through the area’s web site . . . Remember 12-12-12. That’s the day Bretton Woods in New Hampshire has $12 lift tickets as it holds a ribbon cutting to open the new T-bar and cabin on Mount Stickney with those inviting glades, while Mount Snow plans its inaugural Founders Day featuring $12 advance purchase tickets . . . On Dec. 16, Vermont’s Bolton Valley plans $15 lift tickets for skiers and riders arriving in full Santa apparel.