The Audi FIS Ski Women’s World Cup Tour at Killington Resort for the Third Year
If you’re a loyal reader of the publication in your hand, then you’ve likely read our coverage of the last two World Cups that have revisited New England after a long hiatus.
Exciting—perhaps, more than most women’s sporting events, athletes from around the world will lock and load into their boards to compete at the Beast in the East, the weekend of Thanksgiving day.
Contrasting the last two years, (with everyone crossing their fingers), it’s looking like temperatures will continue to drop and it will not only be cold enough for snow to fall, but the snow-guns will be working overtime to spread a deep powder, unlike two previous seasons that produced a huge sheet of boiler-plate ice on the slopes.
For the most part, this family event is free and will possibly outrank last year’s total of over 30,000 spectators. Still, through careful planning, organizers will create a comfortable and safe experience for skiers, fans, and racers.
Killington—as always—has a great line up of musical entertainment on a huge concert-size stage; Michael Franti, Paul Oakenfold and KT Tunstall and Guster are scheduled to appear, along with other free musical events each day. There will be movies, vendors and great eats located in the World Cup Festival Village, along with fireworks, parades and the kick-off of the racing weekend with the bib draw on Friday night.
In a press release announcing Killington’s participation again this year, Rob Megnin director of marking and sales for the resort said, “Combining an expanded entertainment lineup with the United States’ premier women’s ski racing event makes for a unique, weekend party at Killington for fans of all ages that’s free and open to the public. Guests who come for the whole weekend, Friday through Sunday, will have an opportunity to experience Killington like never before.”
Herwig Demschar, chair of the Killington’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee, added, “It’s a great feeling to be headed back to Killington and welcome the world’s top women ski racers…it’s a fantastic way to kick off ski season and all attendees will be wowed with a weekend of thrilling racing, a top music line-up, and tons of entertainment. World Cup is always an amazing experience [at] an amazing place.”
While the ski races and concerts are free and open to the public, a limited number of tickets for premium viewing areas for the giant slalom and slalom races and preferred parking are still available for purchase. VIP ticket packages are also still available at kwccgivesback.org in partnership with the Killington World Cup Committee, which supports athlete hospitality and provides grants to support winter sports infrastructure and access to winter sports throughout the region.
For additional information visit, killington.com/worldcup.