This week FIS officially shook up the World Cup calendar, announcing Vermont’s Killington Resort will host the East Coast’s first World Cup events in 25 years. On November 26 and 27 of next year, the best women skiers in the world will descend on the Beast of the East for the mountain’s inaugural women’s World Cup slalom and giant slalom events.
“We are on the [FIS] calendar now,” said Killington Communications Director Michael Joseph in a VPR interview. “It went from being proposed and heavily lobbied…to now we are on the FIS calendar. So we’re going to host a Women’s World Cup race and we couldn’t be more excited about it.”
The events are the first of their caliber in New England since Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, hosted races back in 1991. The Vermont World Cup will also be a homecoming for several members of the U.S. Team, including reigning three-time World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who rose up through the Burke Mountain Academy System.
Races will take place on Killington’s famed Superstar trail, winding underneath the Superstar Express Quad and finishing in the K-1 base area. Killington’s snowmaking reputation precedes it, and no trail receives more attention than Superstar, which traditionally skis well into May every season. According to Joseph, FIS likely factored this in when considering the mountain for the November time slot.
Killington takes over the late November event from Aspen, who will host the 2017 FIS World Championships later in the season.