Good news for skiing fans on the East Coast: for the first time in 25 years, World Cup skiing will be returning to the Northeast.
Last week, Killington Ski Resort in Vermont announced it had submitted a proposal to the International Ski Federation to bring a World Cup racing event back to the Northeast over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016.
Today, in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, a spokesperson for the mountain confirmed that it will in fact host a women’s World Cup race.
"F.I.S. had their meeting in Zurich, I believe, and we are on the calendar now," Killington spokesperson Michael Joseph happily told the radio station. "It went from being proposed and heavily lobbied for to now we are on the F.I.S. calendar. So, we're going to host a Women's World Cup race and we couldn't be more excited about it."
The women's giant slalom and slalom races will be held next year on Nov. 26 and 27 on Killington’s Superstar trail. The event over that weekend is normally held in Aspen, Colorado, but seeing as Aspen is hosting the World Cup Finals in March 2017, there was an opening on the calendar.
The announcement means that for the first time in a quarter century, Northeastern skier will finally have the chance to cheer on world-class skiers like Lindsey Vonn and reigning Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, who went to school in Vermont.
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