The World Returns


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Grab Your Cowbells and Come to Killington for World Cup Skiing

You could be a statistic and join the shopping crowds after Thanksgiving this year, or you could start a tradition of doing something a little more fun. Black Friday is when the festivities kick off for the Audi FIS World Cup women’s ski races at Killington. Last year Killington broke a 25-year drought in the east when it hosted these same races. Organizers hoped to draw crowds of 10,000 over last Thanksgiving weekend. Instead they welcomed 30,000 spectators and fans to watch Saturday’s Giant Slalom and Sunday’s Slalom. The record crowds enjoyed free concerts, nonstop entertainment and a close-up view of the world’s fastest women skiers from 20 different countries.  American Mikaela Shiffrin capped off the weekend by winning Sunday’s slalom.

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The event was such a success, that the European based International Ski Federation—FIS—awarded Killington the World Cup through November 2018. This year, with more wintry conditions, 400 volunteers, a race crew that’s been killing it for weeks, and a whole lot of adjustments to accommodate the anticipated fans, Killington is poised to host an even more successful event. You can be there!

WHAT’S NEW

ON THE HILL Both the giant slalom and slalom race courses start slightly higher this year. The GS start is perched at the very top of Skye Peak, and the slalom start scootched 70 meters higher up the hill from it's previous spot. With the help of new snow-making nozzles and favorable temperatures, the crew has buried Superstar, and the adjacent run Skyelark, where the athletes will start training Wednesday, earlier than they could last year. 

The top of the mountain, and a little more. Photo courtesy of Paul Holmes

Mere snow coverage isn’t enough for the World Cup. This year’s chilly temps allowed the slope to be prepped to rock solid perfection, first by watering it down, and then by methodically “injecting” it with water, to make sure the rock hard ice runs deep. Sound fun? It’s exactly what the World’s best skiers and their razor sharp skis like.

The race crew getting their ice injection on. Photo courtesy of Paul Holmes

OFF THE HILL Here’s where the magic happens. It starts with the basics—more than twice as many porta potties and 50 percent more buses than last year. So there’s that.

There's also better accessibility for disabled guests and more food and beverage vendors.

The 4000 grandstand tickets and 600 VIP tickets sold out within an hour and a half in October, BUT for the big spenders there are some VIP premium packages that include VIP-venue tickets and other benefits available through the KWCC(KILLINGTON WORLD CUP COMMITTEE) website. And not to worry, this is a ski race—one of the last best opportunities to see World Class athletes in action for free.  Get yourself to the finish area, or walk up the side of the course for prime viewing of the lower course and the two jumbo screens.

Other priorities include better accessiblity for disabled guests and more food and beverage vendors.

Better timing:  This year, each race run starts half an hour later at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m respectively. The more civilized hour should allow spectators more time to arrive and get comfy.  

WHAT’S THE SAME:

Free Apres Ski Concerts: This year brings Troy Ramey on Friday before the public bib draw (a chop-chop prompt affair from 5:45-6:15).  Dispatch plays on Saturday afternoon after the Giant slalom race.

Festival Village: the K-1 Base Area is the place to hang, with free race viewing for all, as well as ample food, drink and assorted swag for sample and sale.

Athlete Autograph Signing: Get your fan fix Friday 7-8 pm Killington Sports

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The Parade: local ski racing kids from all over the east will march in pre-race parades. Vermonters take the stage Saturday and Eastern Region athletes on Sunday.

The Favorite: Shiffrin, the 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Overall Champion is again the one to watch, in both Slalom and GS. She has plenty of company, however. Among her biggest challengers are Germany’s Viktoria Rebensberg, winner of the opening Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria, and Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, who edged Shiffrin in this year’s opening Slalom in Levi, Finland. And then there are the Austrians, and the Swedes, and the Italians and the French...It’s an Olympic year, and all bets are off, except the sure bet that the women will be throwing it down Superstar.

You can also ring your USA cowbells for, in Giant Slalom: AJ Hurt, Tricia Mangan, Nina O'Brien, Megan McJames, Resi Stiegler; and in Slalom: Katie Hensien, LIla Lapanja, Megan McJames, Paula Molzan, Resi Stiegler.

A slalom-side view to the finish.

CAN'T MAKE IT LIVE?
Well, dang! But you can watch it on NBC. The second run of the GS will be replayed at 3pm Saturday, Nov, 25. Catch the second run of Slalom live on Sunday Nov 26 at 1pm.

MORE INFO:
The best place to start, with info on parking, security, what to bring, what to leave behind, maps, etc, is here at World Cup 101. Find the full, most current schedule there or take a look below.

Full Schedule for the 2017 Killington World Cup

Friday, November 24, 2017

  • Expo Village Open – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
  • Free Concert by Troy Ramey – 4:00 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base Area
  • Athlete Presentation – 5:45 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base Area
  • Fireworks – Immediately following athlete presentation – Expo Village K-1 Base Area
  • Teton Gravity Research Movie Premier “Rogue Elements” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base Lodge

Saturday, November 25, 2017

  • Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
  • VIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar
  • Opening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base Area
  • Giant Slalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar Trail
  • Giant Slalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar Trail
  • Free Concert by Dispatch – Immediately following second race runs – K-1 Base Area
  • World Cup Official Post Party – 6:00 p.m. – Wobbly Barn Nightclub
  • Warren Miller Movie Premier “Line of Descent” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Lodge, Killington Resort

Sunday, November 26, 2017

  • Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base Area
  • VIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar
  • Opening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base Area
  • Slalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar Trail
  • Slalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar Trail

The Killington crew that's been killing it to make the races happen.

Photo courtesy of Paul Holmes

 

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