KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 21, 2016) - It's winter at Killington! One of New England's premier resorts is ready to rock as early season snow and cold temperatures have made the Vermont ski area a winter wonderland as athletes from around the globe make their way to the first World Cup in the eastern USA in 25 years.
With over 200 snow guns pumping out white gold on Monday, snowmaking efforts on the race run Superstar are now complete. Last Thursday, the International Ski Federation (FIS) officials gave the resort the officlal go-ahead a day prior to its scheduled snow control date. Snowmaking temperatures are expected to remain ideal with temperatures in the teens through Wednesday, allowing crews to move over to Skye Lark and expand more top-to-bottom terrain for the public on Snowdon mountain.
AVON, CO (Nov. 17, 2016) – After meeting with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Beaver Creek’s event organizing committee, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has determined that due to unseasonably warm weather, the 2016 Audi Birds of Prey FIS World Cup at Beaver Creek, CO will be canceled. The FIS will make an official announcement on Friday, Nov. 18.
A recent shift in weather patterns has brought snow and colder temperatures to Beaver Creek Resort and the Vail Valley. However, winter conditions did not arrive in time to allow race crews to create the demanding, 8,600-foot-long Birds of Prey courses. Beaver Creek Resort is still scheduled for a Wednesday, Nov. 23 opening day, conditions permitting.
KILLINGTON, VT (Nov. 17, 2016) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) confirmed today the Audi FIS Ski World Cup scheduled for Nov. 26-27 at Killington Resort. The resort has achieved positive snow control and will host women’s giant slalom and slalom races as scheduled on Thanksgiving weekend.
“Killington has worked around the clock to ensure a successful return of the World Cup to the east for the first time in 25 years,” said USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “Killington and Powdr Corp. have been strong partners in this endeavor and we are looking forward to showcasing our sport in our largest membership region.”
There are just nine days left until #BeastWorldCup. (Killington)
Getting excited for ski season to kick off? So is Julia Mancuso, who is ready to start her comeback World Cup season after missing last season due to a hip injury. Mancuso sat down with espnW to share her playlist that is helping her get to the start gate.
KITTILÄ, Finland (Nov. 13, 2016) - A disappointing result turned into a positive perspective for the U.S. men’s technical squad at the opening slalom event of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
America’s top slalom skier David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) failed to finish his first run as the cold, aggressive surface got the best of him. But he vowed to come back strong for the second World Cup slalom December 11th in Val d’Isere, France.
“I just made a mistake,” Chodounsky said. “I’m skiing well, but I just need to focus on the right things. I’ll come back strong next race.”
“Daver made an uncharacteristic mistake,” said Ian Lochhead, men’s U.S. World Cup slalom coach. “Good splits on top. Nothing to worry about, he'll be ready for Val d'Isere.”
However, Lochhead said that the team and coaching staff must be better prepared for the next World Cup slalom, but noted that they are on the cusp of skiing right up there with the top racers.
KITTILÄ, Finland (Nov. 12, 2016) – Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) overcame Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener nerves, skiing two clean and solid runs en route to her first World Cup victory of the 2017 season. Switzerland's Wendy Holdener grabbed second, .67 seconds out, while Slovakia's Petra Vlhova rounded out the podium in third, .75 seconds behind Shiffrin.
It was a beautiful, crisp day up in Lapland, with a picturesque sunrise and perfect rock-hard conditions on the race track. Starting lucky number seven, Shiffrin laid down a smoking first run, finishing .72 ahead of 2016 World Cup slalom title holder Frida Hansdotter and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener. The battle between Shiffrin and Hansdotter ended when Hansdotter straddled on the pitch second run and skied out. Shiffrin knifed the bulletproof pitch and maintained her lead all the way to the finish, earning herself another prize Lapland reindeer and a buddy for her 2013 prize reindeer Rudolph. His name? Sven.
VAIL, CO (Nov. 11, 2016) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) announced today that she suffered a fracture to her upper right arm. She underwent surgery in Vail Thursday night (Nov. 10) after suffering the injury in a training crash earlier in the day at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, CO. There was no immediate determination as to how long she would be out of action. The Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill season opens later this month at Lake Louise, AB.
KITTILÄ, Finland (Nov. 12, 2016) – It’s a winter wonderland in Kittilä, Finland—home to Levi, the ski resort that plays host to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Santa Claus country. Though the word on the streets of Soelden was not optimistic for the slalom opener, it seems that Ullr, the Nordic God of Snow and Winter, had different plans. Either that or Santa Claus came early. Either way, it’s a cold winter wonderland and the elves aren’t the only ones excited to get this show on the road!
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (Nov. 8, 2016) – Veteran U.S. Ski Team member and three-time Olympian Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA) continues her longstanding commitment to giving back to the ski racing community as she announces recipients of the 2016-17 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools (SVST) Competition Team. Recipients are chosen based on criteria such as passion and dedication to the sport, community involvement and character.
Time flies when you’re having fun and giving back. Though Cook can’t recall exactly what year this is for the scholarship, she believes they’re passing a decade of supporting juniors with this scholarship program. “It is really rewarding to see some of my past scholarship winners excelling in college, post-college, and even getting married,” reflected Cook. “I feel like our past winners represent the program so well and I look forward to seeing how this new group flourishes this season and into the future.”
U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain Open for Training
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Nov. 5, 2016) – Despite the fact that Mother Nature has been quite moody this fall, Copper Mountain Resort snowmaking team has been working around the clock preparing for the highly anticipated opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center. When fully operational, it is the only full-length downhill training facility open anywhere in the world this time of year.
After firing up the HKD guns on Oct. 3, Copper’s mountain operations crew has picked up the pace to prep the slope for training by the U.S. Ski Team. As of Nov. 4, the Speed Center is open for training on the top portion of the trail Andy’s Encore. The full venue is slated to open on Nov. 11.
Training at Copper Mountain's U.S. Ski Team Speed Center in November 2015.