Killington, VT Will Host World Cup Races!

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Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, speeds down the course during the second run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom race, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)
USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin ripping down the women’s World Cup slalom race, at the World Cup finals in Meribel, France, Saturday, March 21, 2015. photo:  AP/Shinichiro Tanaka)

Earlier this week, we reported that Killington, VT was hoping to host a World Cup ski event.

Today, Killington has announced that it’s official:  The resort will host a Skiing World Cup event next winter.

“F.I.S. had their meeting in Zurich, I believe, and we are on the calendar now.  It went from being proposed and heavily lobbied for to now we are on the F.I.S. calendar. So we’re going to host a Women’s World Cup race and we couldn’t be more excited about it.” – Michael Joseph, Killington’s spokesperson told Vermont Public Radio

Killington, VT from the air. photo:
Killington, VT from the air.

The women’s giant slalom and slalom races will be held on Killington’s Superstar trail next year on November 26th & 27th.

Michael Joseph credits Killington’s extensive snowmaking capabilities helped win FIS approval for the races at Killington.  This will be the first time a World Cup ski race has been held in the eastern USA since 1991 when races were held in Waterville Valley, NH.

Killington’s Michael Joseph thinks big money will be flowing through Vermont due to the Wold Cup races next year.

“We’re going to have so many international teams in the state and in the region training ahead of this race that we expect that they’ll be spending a lot of time at our neighbors’, too. So it’ll be a big economic boost for Killington and central Vermont and probably the whole state as well.” – Michael Joseph told Vermont Public Radio

Projected revenues from these races are around $15 – $20 million.


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