PORTOROZ, Slovenia (May 31, 2017) – The International Ski Federation has confirmed 10 alpine and freestyle World Cup events in the USA for the 2017-18 season. Final calendars were approved after the conclusion of the FIS Calendar Conference last week. The FIS Alpine World Cup stops in Killington, Vermont and Beaver Creek, Colorado, and FIS Freestyle World Cup stops in Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, New York will be part of the selection process for the U.S. Olympic teams.
After announcing its alpine World Cup plan in April, U.S. Ski & Snowboard was successful in bringing the women’s World Cup back to Killington Resort for a second season. Last year’s World Cup at Killington was a huge organizational and athletic success; the event had more than 30,000 spectators over two days and U.S. Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) claimed a home snow win. The 2017 stop will once again feature women’s slalom and giant slalom Nov. 25-26.
The men’s World Cup tour will return to Beaver Creek Resort Dec. 1-3 for the famed Birds of Prey event featuring U.S. Ski Team stars alongside the world’s best competing in downhill, super G and giant slalom.
“The start to the Olympic season is always an exciting time for our athletes and our fans,” said Calum Clark, Vice President, Events at U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “Killington and Beaver Creek are both very strong event partners and advocates for alpine ski racing. They will put on world class events showcasing our U.S. Ski Team stars as they begin their journey to the 2018 Games.”
The FIS Freestyle World Cup returns to Deer Valley Resort, Utah Jan. 10-12 for an action-packed week of moguls and aerials. This year’s event will feature two moguls competitions and one aerials, with events taking place at night under the lights. From there, the aerialists will move on to Lake Placid, New York for a pair of events at the Olympic Jumping Complex Jan. 19-20. The aerials Olympic team will be announced after the conclusion of the event.
“The Olympic legacy at both Lake Placid and Deer Valley is always an inspiration to our U.S. Ski Team athletes and the international field,” said Clark. “These venues are some of the best in the world and we can expect to see amazing performances with Olympic spots on the line.”
In addition to the domestic alpine and freestyle events, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will announce the schedule for the 2017-18 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, the official Olympic qualification series for snowboarding and freeskiing, in June.
2017-18 USA ALPINE AND FREESTYLE WORLD CUP SITES
Killington Resort – Nov. 25-26
Beaver Creek Resort – Dec. 1-3
Deer Valley Resort – Jan. 10-12
Lake Placid – Jan 19-20