Killington is about to hold its own again year of the World Cup ski race for thanksgiving weekend.
The Vermont-based ski resort received a “positive snow check” from International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) officials on Thursday. It formally signals that the Killington Cup, which will take place on November 25th and 26th, has been given the green light.
A year after we had to cut snow preparations short due to unusually high temperatures, things are back closer to normal in 2023.
“Typical ups and downs, but this year we had really cold temperatures at the end of October,” Killington general manager and president Mike Solimano said during an interview Thursday. “Last year we didn’t have any cold temperatures until five days before the race, so everyone was freaking out.” I think this time last year the route was still green.’
Circumstances were more favorable in 2023. Killington already has several trails open to the public, beginning its usually long ski season on November 3rd.
In the race, skiers test their skills once on the “Superstar”, a black diamond run that ends near the K-1 base lodge. A parallel track (called “Skylark”) will also be available for practice runs.
The Killington Cup has been held every year since 2016 (except for 2020 due to the pandemic) and features two events: the women’s giant slalom on Saturday and the women’s slalom on Sunday.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who at the age of 28 has already broken the all-time record for World Cup victories, is set to return with a talented player. Shiffrin got her 2023/2024 racing season off to a strong start by winning the slalom in Levi, Finland last weekend. It was the 89th World Cup victory of his career.
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