Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), center, after winning the slalom race on Sunday, with 2nd place finisher Petra Vlhova (SVK), left, and Wendy Holdender (SUI) who finished third. Photos courtesy Killington.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of POWDR – an adventure lifestyle company – hosted the women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup for the seventh time over Thanksgiving Weekend. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami won the giant slalom under cold and sunny skies on Saturday with Mikaela Shiffrin rounding out the podium in third. On Sunday, the crowd roared as Mikaela Shiffrin won her sixth slalom title at Killington and the 90th Audi FIS Ski World Cup of her career.
With cold November temperatures, Killington Resort’s snowmaking team was able to hammer Superstar with as many as 130 snow guns at once, as well as provide a world-class training facility for the competitors on Skyelark, which some said was the best they’d seen since the middle of last season. Following the event, more than 350 skiers from 23 different clubs, academies and universities will be at The Beast to take advantage of the course for race training through December 8.
The crowds totaling 34,000 over the weekend began arriving on Friday for the athlete bib presentation and fireworks display, and filled the Grandstands, vendor village and Great Gulf LiveKillington.com VIP tent both Saturday and Sunday as 100 of the fastest female alpine ski racers from 20 different countries descended Superstar. Live performances by Young the Giant, Matisyahu, 220 KID and Mix Master Mike punctuated the weekend.
Earlier this month, the Stifel U.S. Ski Team announced prize money for all domestic Audi FIS Alpine World Cups would be increased in collaboration with Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team title partner Stifel. The 2023 Stifel Killington Cup was the first to feature a 30% increase in prize purses for the winners.
“I have to say, thank you so much to Stifel for setting a new precedent in the sport about the worth of the athletes and the work we do,” says Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team superstar Mikaela Shiffrin. “It takes all our time and energy, and my big hope is that other nations and partners will follow suit. To see how much this brings to the sport and to see that the athletes are truly valued. To feel valued for what you do is really incredible."
The 2023 Stifel Killington Cup also highlighted “HERoic,” a women’s initiative by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, designed to empower and create opportunities for women in the ski industry. Saturday night featured a sold-out panel discussion and movie premiere of the all-female film “Advice for Girls,” but the prominence of women has been on a constant rise.
"I feel like Mikaela is an icon in our sport and alpine skiing in general, she’s bringing women’s skiing to the next level. Being her teammate, we see it more so with all the coverage of women’s racing. We are lucky to be able to experience it all with Mikaela leading the charge," says Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team member Paul Moltzan. Moltzan took eighth in the slalom race.
Mikaela Shiffrin works the crowd.
Another highlight of the weekend was having visionary developer Great Gulf on hand to unveil renderings for the one-of-a-kind mountain village community framed by the 4,241-foot Killington Peak, bringing the 450-acre development closer to fruition, with sales for the first residences slated to launch in 2024.
“The seventh Stifel Killington Cup was an amazing weekend of ski racing and I would like to extend our gratitude to the team that has made this weekend possible, the entire POWDR organization, the Killington Resort team, the powerhouse snowmakers and groomers that made that hill possible, the 300 volunteers, the entire Killington community and the state of Vermont,” says President of Resort Residential for Great Gulf Michael Sneyd.
- The Stifel Killington Cup held an estimated 34,000 spectators across three days (6,000 Friday night for opening ceremonies, 18,000 Saturday for giant slalom, and 10,000 Sunday for slalom).
- The Stifel Killington Cup was broadcast in more than 60 countries worldwide and live on NBC, Peacock and Outside TV in the United States.
- 100 competitors from 20 countries competed in the Stifel Killington Cup.
- Over 300 volunteers took part in the Stifel Killington Cup.
- Over 1,000 children from New England ski clubs participated in the opening day parade on Saturday.
1st Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI)
2nd Alice Robinson (NZE)
3rd Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
1st Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
2nd Petra Vlhova (SVK)
3rd Wendy Holdender (SUI)
Big crowds again descended on Killington on Saturday.
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 65 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365.
Source: KILLINGTON, Vermont. (November 27, 2023) – Killington Resort