Resi Stiegler who is racing independently this season, celebrates her smoking second run on Sunday at Aspen Winternational. Along with prestige, living the ski dream and the chance to make some good money, a year on the World Cup can also bring personal loans, benefit events, Crowdfunding and RallyMe.

The rise of the independents

By all accounts, there are more American racers than ever before going it alone financially on the World Cup and NorAm levels, as independents seem to have become more the norm than the exception this season.

Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin flies through the World Cup Course during practice last week on the difficult Strawpile course. World slalom and GS races will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aspen Mtn. on Saturday and Sunday.

Talented World Cup women’s field won’t let up

Coming into this weekend’s Nature Valley Aspen 2014 Winternational as the overall World Cup leader after two races, Mikaela Shiffrin now finds herself the favorite in a field deep with past Aspen winners.

Rose Abello, the director of Snowmass Tourism.

Visiting with the new director of Snowmass Tourism

Rose Abello, a former spokesperson for Aspen Skiing Co., takes new job as head of Snowmass Tourism, a publicly funded department within the town of Snowmass Village.

The Haute Route traverse of the Elk Range served as a training run for Grand Traverse competitor Cooper Means of Aspen. Here Means leads the group up the backside of Richmond Ridge toward the Barnard Hut.

Skiing Aspen’s ‘Haute Route’

Colorado now has its own Haute Route, showcasing a uniquely American setting of wilderness and rustic huts. …