World Cup Racing Will Return To Killington
Eastern ski racing fans have had their wish granted as Killington Resort has announced the return of the FIS World Cup to Vermont over Thanksgiving weekend for the next two years.
Killington wowed the racing world last fall with record crowds attending the first eastern World Cup event in 25 years. More than 30,000 fans packed the base area to see the best female racers in the world fly down the Superstar trail.
The resort worked around the clock last fall with snowmaking at every opportunity to ensure the early-season race would go off with plenty of snow underfoot.
The announcement was made at a summer kick-off meeting at the Killington Grand Hotel, where local residents and business owners were invited to hear from Killington Resort, Killington Pico Area Association and the town of Killington on new projects, attractions and upcoming event schedules.
“We wanted to announce to the community first,” resort president Mike Solimano said, according to Mountain Times. “We’ll be getting the word out soon.”
Town of Killington voters showed local support for the event last month with approval for $100,000 to help defray costs of holding the event.
The FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski) is expected to formalize Killington’s spot on the calendar later this month. The proposed November, 2017 World Cup would include women’s giant slalom and slalom races, attracting athletes such as U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin.
The Thanksgiving race had previously been hosted by Aspen, but reports from the Aspen Daily News suggested that although large crowds also attended the races there, infrastructure updates need to be made to accommodate the event.