March 1968

Billy Kidd of Stowe, Vt., and Canadian Nancy Greene were winners during Aspen’s first World Cup in 1968. Greene, the 1968 Olympic giant slalom titlist, was no newcomer to Aspen. She had won the women’s equivalent of the Roch Cup, the Bingham Cup, in a race series here in 1965. Kidd, the 1964 Olympic silver medalist in slalom, was also an Aspen veteran. He had won the Roch Cup two years running in 1964 and ’65.

Greene’s 1968 victories in all three events during World Cup week in Aspen — downhill, slalom, giant slalom — secured her first-place standings in the World Cup point chart. Kidd, whose competitors included Jean-Claude Killy, Jimmy Huega, Bill Marolt and Spider Sabich, won the slalom and placed third in both the downhill and giant slalom. Though Kidd won the Roch Cup for his collective standings in Aspen, Killy, of France, won the overall World Cup.

This first ever World Cup in Aspen drew the largest on-course gallery of spectators in Aspen history, estimated at 3,000. Famed newscaster and ski enthusiast Lowell Thomas
presented the trophies at Wagner Park.