Stratton 1978: The World Cup's Last Vermont Appearance:

World Cup Weekend

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Edie Morgan

Killington Hosts the World's Best Skiers, and one BIG Party

The last time World Cup ski competition came to New England was in 1991. The last time it came to Vermont was in 1978. So, the World Cup coming to Killington this weekend is, in the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, “kind of a big deal.”

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How big a deal? Consider this: the scheduled World Cup races in Lake Louise, Canada, and Beaver Creek, CO—annual stops on the World Cup Tour— were canceled due to lack of snow.  Killington not only managed to prepare a race hill for two events over the weekend, but also did it by starting from scratch, thanks to 200 snowguns and round the clock 20-person work crews blasting the Superstar race hill since mid-October. The latest snowfall is, as they say, icing on the cake, making it into a true winter scene for the weekend event.

Guns Blazing on Superstar

photo courtesy of Paul Holmes

Local Heroes

To Upper Valley denizens, this is a unique opportunity to see the World's best skiers and some stellar local skiers in action. Headlining the list is Wunderkind Olympic and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin, the former Lyme local whose march to world domination included the Dartmouth Skiway, Storr’s Hill and Burke Mountain Academy. Also on the start list:  New Hampshire born, Stratton Mountain School alum Alice Merryweather and Burke Mountain Academy alum Nina O’Brien making her World Cup debut.

Athletes will be freeskiing on the hill Friday, and the races kick off with the first run of the Giant Slalom on Saturday at 9:30.  For the full schedule of events, including athlete signings, apres ski parties, concerts, fireworks and other revelry, as well as answers to all the FAQ’s you can imagine, go to the Killington World Cup website.

All Frozen Up and (almost) Ready to Go

photo courtesy of Paul Holmes

Step away from the Leftovers…and the Relatives.. and the TV

Or, pack them all up in the car (except the TV)  and mosey up Rte 4. There are plenty of free spectator viewing areas, a full-on festival village and shuttles from many parking areas running all weekend. Oh, and if you bring your skis you can hit top to bottom terrain on Snowdon Mountain. The Beast is throwing an epic party, and they invited the world. Don’t miss it!

If you really can’t get off the couch, both races will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports at 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Hello World. Bring it On!



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