The last time a FIS world cup event was held on the east coast was in 1991 at Waterville, NH, when US Ski Team member Julie Parisien won the Giant Slalom. However, that cold streak may be coming to an end as organizers have received initial approval to host a FIS Women’s World Cup event at Killington Ski Resort according to a press release from the Vermont ski resort.
That said, details will not be finalized until some time in June of the upcoming year.
If approved, the event would fall on November 26-27 of 2016.
“An eastern World Cup will have great impact on our sport by bringing the best ski racers in the world close to our largest population of USSA members and fans. Powdr, Corp. has always been a strong partner for the USSA and we have confidence that Killington is well suited to produce an exceptional early season World Cup.”– Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
The races would include giant slalom and slalom races, which could bring superstars such as Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso, and Lindsey Vonn to Vermont in 2016.
Killington, which consistently ranks as one of the most visited ski resorts in the country is no stranger to FIS events. In fact John Cumming who serves as the CEO of Powdr Corp. explained that his corporation “has significant experience executing large-scale races such as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.”
If approved, the event will be televised nationally throughout the United States and revenues are predicted to be between $15-20 million!