Killington gets 'green light' for women's World Cup races

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Killington gets 'green light' for women's World Cup races

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 11:01am -- tim

Olympic gold medalist and Burke Mountain Academy graduate Mikaela Shiffrin works her way down Killington's Superstar run in 2017. Killington photo.

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, reported today that it has received a positive snow control announcement from FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski), the governing body of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This comes as no surprise to those of us in Vermont experiencing an early start to winter. But the FIS decision is not a mere formality. In 2016 FIS canceled the parallel men's races in Colorado set for the same Thanksgiving weekend. And just last year the opening races in Austria were rescheduled by FIS because of wind that blew in as part of an October snow storm.

According to FIS: “This is to inform you that the Women’s' Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in Killington (USA) are confirmed following the official snow control from today 21st November 2019. As scheduled, the races will take place on 30th November and 1 December 2019.”

With this announcement, Killington Resort can assure international race teams and ski racing fans traveling to central Vermont for Thanksgiving Weekend that both the Giant Slalom and Slalom races will take place as scheduled on November 30 and December 1.  A limited number of tickets for premium viewing areas are still available for purchase at Killington.com.

“The news of FIS approval on race course snow preparation has the entire resort excited to host the World Cup and once again bring elite ski racing to the East. This approval highlights the power of Killington’s snowmaking system and illustrates the dedication the resort has to snow sports and racing,” commented Herwig Demschar, SVP international business development at POWDR and World Cup local organizing committee chairman. “Now in its fourth year at Killington Resort, you can expect this world-class event to be bigger and better with an outstanding musical line-up and opportunities to meet and greet the athletes. The resort, POWDR, and town of Killington are thrilled to welcome international ski teams from more than 20 countries to Killington.”

Killington Resort opened to season pass and express card holders for skiing and snowboarding on November 3 followed by a public opening on November 4. With snowmaking in the final stages on Superstar trail, the World Cup race venue, Killington snowmakers will continue snowmaking on Skyelark to add a training run for World Cup racers. The snowmaking team also continues to aggressively expand terrain for the skiers and riders in the Snowdon, Canyon, Ramshead and Snowshed areas while resurfacing current top-to-bottom skiing and riding

A full schedule of events at Killington Resort during World Cup Weekend including race start times, entertainment, free concerts by Grace PotterRecycled PercussionTwiddle and DJ Logic, plus information on many free parking and shuttle bus options is available at www.killington.com/worldcup. Killington strongly suggests to not bring bags to the venue; priority for security screening will be given to those without bags. Stay connected to the Homelight Killington Cup on social media with #beast365.

About Killington Resort

Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 30 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio.

Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365.

Source: KILLINGTON, Vt. (November 21, 2019) – Killington Resort