Ski season set to begin this weekend with three races

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(Ryan Casey/

The 2019 skiing season kicks off this weekend with a slate of three races, including two alpine events and one nordic.

Eight alpine teams will be in action at Aspen on Friday: Aspen, Battle Mountain, Colorado Rocky Mountain, Eagle Valley, Steamboat Springs, Vail Mountain, Summit and Durango. The other six will ski at Winter Park on Friday: Nederland, Clear Creek, Evergreen, Lake County, Middle Park and Platte Canyon.

Both races will be giant slalom events. Next weekend's events, at Bear Creek and Loveland, will also be GS; the first slalom events will take place on Jan. 25 at Copper Mountain and Ski Cooper.

Additionally, this Saturday's nordic event will be a mass start at Spring Gulch in Carbondale. Next weekend, there is a wave start skate in Minturn.

In all there will be five nordic races, and six weekends of alpine races prior to the state championships, which this year are Feb. 21-22, hosted by Durango High School.