Vermont Welcomes World Cup to Killington
KILLINGTON, Vt. – The eyes of the winter sports world will be on Killington, Vt. during the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, as Killington Resort will host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom competitions and feature U.S. Ski Team superstars Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso, who will be competing against the world’s best technical alpine skiers. This year’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup is the first time the event has been held in the Eastern United States in 25 years, and first time in Vermont in 38 years.
“This is an exciting time for Vermont,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “We are kicking off our 2016-17 winter season and welcoming back a world-famous race that hasn’t been in Vermont for 38 years. As we get closer to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, it is important to remember that this event isn’t just for skiers and ski fans, it is an event for all winter enthusiasts who come to Vermont. This race, which is free and open to the public, will bring a vibrant energy to the mountain and to the crowd, and we hope it will entice others to join us on the slopes for years to come.”
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup is also being counted upon by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to help jumpstart what they are hoping will be another stellar winter travel season in the Green Mountain State. Vermont typically sees more than four million skier and snowboarder visits each year, and over $900 million in revenues generated from winter tourism-related spending.
With plenty of early-season snowfall already blanketing the ski slopes of Vermont, optimism is high that the state will once again be a premier destination in the United States for skiing, riding and winter tourism.
“The World Cup being held in Killington is going to introduce thousands of visitors from around the world to the beauty of skiing and riding season in Vermont,” said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith. “With so many premier ski resorts and lodging options located throughout our state, combined with a wealth of other attractions and destinations for people to enjoy, we are thrilled that the World Cup is shining an early ski season spotlight on all that Vermont has to offer.”
For more event details on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, please visit the Killington Resort website.