May 19, 2019

Killington on verge of 2-year World Cup race deal

Observer courtesy photo French skier Tania Barioz rounds a gate in the giant slalom in November at Killington Resort. The ski area is poised to sign a two-year deal to bring World Cup racing back to Vermont through 2018.

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French skier Tania Barioz rounds a gate in the giant slalom in November at Killington Resort. The ski area is poised to sign a two-year deal to bring World Cup racing back to Vermont through 2018.

Killington Resort plans to enter a two-year race agreement with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to bring World Cup ski racing back to Vermont in 2017 and 2018. After last November’s successful World Cup races at Killington, the USSA proposed the two-year agreement.

Killington’s place on next year’s World Cup calendar is expected be confirmed during meetings of the International Ski Federation (FIS) in Portoroz, Slovenia in late May. Pending FIS approval, the next World Cup at Killington would take place Nov. 25-26, 2017 — Thanksgiving Weekend.

The races would include women’s giant slalom and slalom races.

As with last year’s FIS World Cup, the proposed 2017 and 2018 World Cup races at Killington would be broadcast worldwide to over 60 nations, along with national broadcast coverage across the U.S. The event is anticipated to bring millions of dollars in economic impact to the State of Vermont.

“Establishing a multi-year World Cup schedule here at Killington is an incredible opportunity to bring even more visibility to the resort and our community, which has been extremely supportive of our efforts to bring these races back.” said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “I was blown away by the sheer size of the crowd last year, and the enthusiasm I witnessed leads me to believe that we’ll bring in even more spectators this year to watch the fastest female ski races in the world take on the Superstar trail.

“We used every cold period in October and November to build a world-class race venue on Superstar, and getting the job done so early in the season showcased our snowmaking system as an industry-leading powerhouse,” Solimano added.

Last November’s races in Killington marked the first World Cup in the eastern U.S. since 1991, when U.S. Ski Team’s Julie Parisien won the giant slalom at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

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