» Stories Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:34:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Injured American ski jumper receives High Fives grant Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:54:15 +0000 SR Staff The High Fives Foundation is awarding 26-year-old Nick Fairall of Andover, N.H., an Empowerment Grant totaling $1,920 to bring the Olympic ski jumper to the CR Johnson Healing Center for 32 sessions of specialized rehabilitative treatments.

On Jan. 5, 2015, Fairall was competing in the ski jumping World Cup in Bischofshofen, Austria, when he sustained a severe injury. During qualifications, Fairall had a great jump that would have qualified him for the round. However, due to the wet snow conditions, his skis stuck in the snow immediately upon landing. As a result, his center of gravity and balance were thrown forward — the impact folded Fairall in half. Medical personnel arrived immediately to his aid and rushed him to the local hospital where he underwent emergency spinal surgery within two hours of the crash.

DSC_0709The CR Johnson Healing Center is a program service of the High Fives Foundation located in Truckee, Calif. The center is a 2,400 square foot training facility that provides resources for athletes in recovery from life-altering and sport related injuries. Resources include: physical therapy, acupuncture, Neru Kinetic Pilates, massage, active release techniques, restorative stretching, personal training and more. The Healing Center attracts over 250 visits monthly from High Fives athletes and community members.

An emerging trend in 2015 is the number of High Fives athletes, like Fairall, who have moved to Lake Tahoe to continue their rehabilitation there. They are attracted by the environment, equipment and treatments offered at the Healing Center.

“It’s been a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with an Olympic caliber athlete like Nick,” said Jack Powell, Fairall’s personal trainer. “Nick and the other High Fives athletes who have moved here recently really prove to me and to themselves that the work we do and the time and effort they put in pays off towards their recoveries, no matter their level of injury.”

“My absolute main goal, focus, and desire is to ski jump again,” said Fairall. “It will always be on my mind, and I will always continue to work towards it.”

“Nick is so focused, so powerful,” said Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation Executive Director. “He’s also really fun to have around. His personality and attitude are the most important forces on his recovery.”

Since the High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment Program Service has assisted 89 athletes from 20 states in nine respective funding categories which include: living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and stoke (positive energy, outlook and attitude).

In 2015, the High Fives Foundation set a budget of disbursing $266,000 via board-approved grants through the Empowerment Fund. Since January, the Foundation has disbursed approximately $310,000 to 30 athletes, three organizations and three High Fives Foundation-hosted adaptive sports camps.

In the month of September the High Fives Foundation disbursed $24,261 in Board-approved grants to eight High Fives athletes.

Release courtesy of the High Fives Foundation

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Snowmaking begins at Copper Mountain Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:07:40 +0000 SR Staff COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. During the early hours of Oct. 4, the overnight wet-bulb temperature of 27 degrees made it possible for snowmaking guns to fire up on the trail Andy’s Encore at Copper Mountain. Copper is scheduled to celebrate its 2015-16 opening day in just 32 days on Friday, Nov. 6.

In addition to ensuring the perfect snow surface for early season guests, snowmaking resources are focused around the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain. Copper will introduce a full roster of Olympic medalists and World Champion alpine skiers at the First Tracks: U.S. Ski Team Naming presented by Nature Valley on Nov. 6. Athletes expected to attend include Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety, and Lindsey Vonn. This pep-rally allows fans a chance to cheer on the U.S. Ski Team and send their favorite athletes off in style into the 2015-16 winter season.

In conjunction with the First Tracks celebration, the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials also will be held at Copper on Nov. 6. Athletes set to participate include Olympic gold medalist Ligety, World Champion Daron Rahlves, two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson and more. In May 2015, the U.S. Ski Team and NASTAR announced that the USSA would take on operational management of the popular recreational racing program.

Release courtesy of Copper, photo by Tripp Fay (Copper Mountain Resort)

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Alpine update from the FIS autumn meeting Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:01:58 +0000 SR Staff On Friday, Oct. 2, the FIS Alpine World Cup Sub-Committee met at the annual autumn meeting in Zurich to discuss several matters regarding the World Cup. The committee heard reports about different inspections and marketing improvements, and future calendars were also presented.

Major topics from the meeting included:

Presentation of the new format of parallel giant slalom

This summer, the FIS Race Directors worked together with various stakeholders to define the exact format of the parallel giant slalom, which will be tested at the Audi FIS World Cup this season in Alta Badia, Italy. After collecting the feedback from broadcasters, coaches, athletes and technical committees, the final adjustments have been made to ensure fairness and attractiveness. Everyone is now looking forward to this new, exciting format of giant slalom.

Cancellation of the New Year’s city event in Munich

Due to the previous difficulties in organizing the competitions, the German Ski Federation withdrew Munich as an organizer of the city event scheduled on Jan. 1, 2016. No replacement venue could be found for this season, but the event will stay on the calendar for the future.

Introduction of Killington as a ladies’ World Cup organizer

Twenty-five years after the last World Cup races in Waterville Valley, N.H., the World Cup tour is heading back on the East Coast of the U.S. The ski racing tradition is very strong in that area of North America, which will make the stop in Killington, Vt., in the 2016-17 season very exciting. Killington is taking over the weekend Aspen traditionally has in the calendar as Aspen will be hosting the World Cup Finals in 2017.

Election of Soldeu Grandvalira as recommended organizer of World Cup Finals 2019

The Alpine World Cup Committee voted between three very competent candidates to organize the World Cup Finals 2019: Lenzerheide, Méribel and Soldeu. In the end, the Andorran ski resort Soldeu Grandvalira was elected by a large majority and will now be recommended to the FIS Council to host the Finals in 2019.

The official meeting was followed by a workshop involving all the stakeholders, where some fundamental aspects of the World Cup were questioned in order to attract a wider and younger audience. After that constructive brainstorming, the Alpine World Cup Sub-Committee has decided to file a motion for a working group to further explore these questions.

In other general alpine matters, the Continental Cup Race Directors and the respective organizing committees presented information on the Youth Olympic Games of Lillehammer, taking place from Feb. 12-21, and the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships, to be held in Sochi from Feb. 24 through March 5.

Release courtesy of FIS

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GMVS reshapes Nordic program with new coaches Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:11:51 +0000 SR Staff FAYSTON, Vt. – Green Mountain Valley School announced that Olympian Garrott Kuzzy has officially joined the ski academy as its new Nordic Director, joining coach Katrina Howe for the 2015-16 competition year.

Kuzzy graduated from Middlebury College and has competed at the highest levels on the World Cup and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Garrott Kuzzy

Garrott Kuzzy

“Garrott experienced a level of success in Nordic skiing (top-10 World Cup finish) that few Americans ever have, and we are excited for him to lead our team,” said GMVS Headmaster Dave Gavett.

Since 2011, Kuzzy has been worked as Product Director at VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations in Bristol, Vt., where he was responsible for developing Nordic ski tours throughout Europe, bicycle tours in Germany and hiking tours in the U.S. National Parks. His travel and business experience in conjunction with Nordic racing success and passion for the sport makes him a perfect fit to lead the team.

Howe graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. She was a member of the U.S. Biathlon development team in 2009-10 and part of the Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Program for six years. She has coached dozens of camps and youth programs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Becoming a ski coach has been my plan since I decided to pursue skiing in college,” said Howe. “My life has been rich with opportunities related to the sport, so it has become my goal to help others enjoy a Nordic skiing lifestyle.”

Together, Kuzzy and Howe will focus on the long-term health and development of the GMVS Nordic program, which has maintained consistent growth and great success throughout the past nine years under the leadership of Justin Beckwith who will remain involved in the sport but in a more limited capacity. He recently traveled with the GMVS team to a training camp in Italy.

“I am excited to help the new coaches transition into the future and will be involved in race support for GMVS and New England this winter,” said Beckwith. “Although stepping down from coaching GMVS, I will still actively support U.S. ski racing and continue to share my love of adventures on skinny skis!”

Release courtesy of GMVS

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Freeskiing world mourns passing of talented junior Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:17:29 +0000 SR Staff PARK CITY, Utah – U.S. Freeskiing and the entire U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association family joined the Park City community in mourning the passing of Sam Jackenthal, a wonderful young man and a remarkable athlete. The 16-year-old freeskiing champion passed away this week from injuries suffered in a training accident in Australia several weeks ago, with his family at his side.

11224252_1142667259096425_6829791472246995452_oA Park City native, Jackenthal grew up on the mountain and was passionate about freeskiing. Last winter, while skiing for Team Park City United, he won the combined title (slopestyle, halfpipe, big air) at the USSA Junior Nationals. His coach Chris ‘Hatch’ Haslock remembered him as “a treasured member of the Team Park City United Family and one who always brought the highest level of competition, character, humor and camaraderie with him to the hill.”

“As our community and his family have kept vigil these past few weeks, we’ve all learned so much about Sam as a remarkable person who brought joy to those around him and an athlete who was achieving his dream,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “Our hearts go out to the Jackenthals, as well as their extended family with Team Park City United.”

Plans have not yet been established for any memorial services.

Release courtesy of USSA

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No sticker, no start: U14 and older athletes need this FIS helmet sticker Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:45:37 +0000 Elliott Gould Most everyone in ski racing has become accustomed to changing FIS regulations on gear, but this year it’s become a little trickier. In the past, FIS regulations have changed with the coming year’s skis but this time it’s alpine helmets and the new rule will be applied all the way down to U14 USSA racers. Unfortunately, just because you bought your helmet recently, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily legal for competition in the U.S. this year.


All U14 and older athletes competing in both scored and non-scored giant slalom, super G, and downhill events must adhere to the new helmet rule. This means that if your 12-year-old son or daughter got a sweet deal on a helmet at summer camp, it might not make the cut. But FIS athletes were subjected to this rule last season and all juniors were recommended to do so as well during a multi-year phase in plan, so it didn’t just fall out of the sky. (Important update: The original version of this article indicated that Masters racers would also be subjected to the new helmet rule, but both the FIS and the USSA decided this month to waive inclusion of Masters athletes for one more year.)

How serious is it?

FIS Helmet StickerOfficials at USSA and FIS GS, SG, and DH races for U14 and older athletes will be following a “No sticker, no start” policy, meaning if an athlete shows up without a FIS-approved helmet as indicated by the required conformity label (see image at right), they can be denied a start or sanctioned after their run. The sticker must read, “Conform to FIS specifications RH 2013.” If it appears that the helmet is unsafe or a counterfeit sticker is being used, the helmet can be confiscated, sent off to be examined, and eventually returned to the athlete. No sticker is required on helmets for slalom races, but helmets are still mandatory. For U16 and U14 athletes in countries outside the U.S., this rule does not apply to FIS children’s events this year but will in 2016-17.

What you need to do:

Do your research – check your helmets to make sure they have the exact sticker required by the FIS. Nearly all major manufacturers include a phrase similar to “Approved according to FIS RH2013 rule” in the technical specifications for their approved helmets. The new test procedure was conducted at 6.8m/s (higher than the old standard), so some manufacturers will also say their products conform to the FIS 6.8 rule. Briko even named its approved helmet the Vulcano FIS 6.8.

Don’t just assume your helmet will pass. Make sure you have the exact FIS label as other certification stickers from various organizations may also be on your helmet that do not meet the necessary standards.

What’s the difference?

The testing standards were increased which forced helmet manufacturers to design models to conform to more stringent parameters.

“They’re dropping the helmet at twice the velocity but the impact rating stayed the same, so the only way to make that work was to make the helmet a bit thicker,” said POC Managing Director of North America Willie Ford. “But that’s good. It’s like suspension in your car, because the more suspension that you have in your car, the smoother your ride is going to be. So all we did was extend our suspension a little bit.”

Who’s profiting?

While this rule change means athletes will spend more money on helmets, USA FIS TD Commissioner Paul Van Slyke was adamant that financial gain for helmet companies had nothing to do with the decision to implement the rule.

“The decision was purely based on the fact that it’s a better quality and higher standard helmet available and the sport committee clearly felt that if there is a higher standard, then we need to be setting the example in sport with our regulations. This had nothing to do with it being a boon for helmet manufacturers,” noted Van Slyke.

The bad:

With the winter coming in just a few short months, most families that don’t already have FIS-approved helmets are looking at shelling out another $120-200 per head this season, which could become a significant expense for larger families with several ski racers.

The good:

Juniors will be wearing helmets that are held to higher standards. Perhaps your helmet was dropped or took an impact that compromised its integrity; this new standard will help weed out those helmets and will prevent the resale of old compromised helmets as well. In the grand scheme, spending more money on a race helmet could prove to be the most worthwhile investment for parents.

“We’re trying to accomplish having all the kids in the best equipment possible that’s made for our sport, and this is what that standard is. If it helps one kid to not get a serious brain injury or death as a result of a better quality helmet then that’s a win for us,” added Van Slyke.

One other rule change:

Though more critical for ski clubs and less so for individuals, the new gate diameter and stand height rules announced in May are still in effect for 2015-16. Reliable Racing President John Jacobs has some advice for clubs that are looking to make the transition a bit more affordable.

“First of all, don’t throw away your 27mm poles that have been broken at the top because they can be recycled and turned into junior poles very easily and very inexpensively. The rules clearly state that all the poles on the hill need to be the same diameter and stand height. Don’t think that you can mix in 25 and 27mm poles, short gates and tall gates. They’re really looking for consistency, and that’s a fairness issue. Additionally, there’s an opportunity for those clubs that are on a fixed budget to recycle existing inventory and convert it into a junior pole. If you’ve got a bunch of shafts that are broken in the middle and you’ve still got the hinge, you don’t need to go out and buy a whole new slalom pole. You can just buy just the shaft and put it on the hinge while still achieving the 60-inch stand height,” Jacobs said.

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New Year’s Munich World Cup canceled for 2016 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:57:32 +0000 SR Staff The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup parallel slalom race scheduled for Jan. 1, 2016 in Munich, Germany, has been canceled. The announcement was made at the FIS Technical Meetings in Zurich, Switzerland, today where all of the FIS World Cup calendars are being finalized for the upcoming season.

The German Ski Federation (DSV) and the leaders of the Olympia Park Munich made the difficult decision not to stage the races due to previous difficulties in organizing the competitions. The New Year’s Day races have been canceled the previous two seasons due to a lack of suitable weather conditions.

“We are obviously very disappointed that we, despite intensive efforts, have failed to find a solution to host the World Cup in Munich,” said DSV President Dr. Franz Steinle. “But after the cancellations in the past two years it would have been for our athletes, spectators and volunteers, and not least to the FIS and our partners not responsible again to take such a high risk of not being able to stage the races.”

Despite the cancellation of this year’s event, the German Ski Association and FIS continues to see great potential for an alpine race on New Year’s Day.

“January 1 is and will remain a highly attractive showcase for our sport that we want to use part of the FIS calendar in the future,” said FIS Chief Race Director Markus Waldner. “Therefore, we will explore together with the German Ski Association if there is an opportunity in 2017 to carry out such an event again in Germany.”

Release courtesy of FIS

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Swenn-Larsson to miss World Cup openers with leg fracture Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:18:28 +0000 SR Staff The start of Swedish World Cup technical skier Anna Swenn-Larsson‘s season has been put on hold after she suffered a fracture of the lower leg and will miss the opening alpine races of the 2015-16 competition year. She hopes to return to racing in the middle of December in Are, the site of her career-first World Cup podium achieved last season.

During giant slalom training on Tuesday in Pitztal, Austria, Swenn-Larsson contacted the gate shaft with her lower leg. Initially it did not seem like a serious injury, but later that evening her knee began to swell. An MRI conducted at the hospital in Innsbruck indicated that Swenn-Larsson had a crack in the bone.

“A crack like this has a healing time of about six weeks. Anna gets no plaster (cast) but will go with crutches the first four weeks until she can begin to bear weight over the leg more,” said national team doctor Per Liljeholm.

“It was still a lucky misfortune, I’m glad that it’s just a crack and that there is a shorter setback in training,” noted Swenn-Larsson. “I hope that this will heal as planned and that I am back again by December.”

Swenn-Larsson departed the team’s training camp and returned home to Sweden yesterday.

Release courtesy of SSA

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How to raise successful achievers Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:36:16 +0000 Jim Taylor Parents who want their children to achieve something called “success” may find that this goal conflicts with their desire for their children to also become happy. Achieving success, as typically defined by our culture, emphasizes wealth and social status, and is often at odds with what the research has shown to produce happiness. A perusal of the psychology section of any bookstore shows that the goal of achieving success by itself is inadequate.

“On the one side, you’ve got books on how to raise achieving, successful children. And across from that, you’ve got books for adults on how to overcome your depression and increase your self-esteem,” observes Dr. Jack Wetter, a Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist. So success is simply not enough.

The goal for parents should be to raise successful achievers. Successful achievers are very different from children who simply achieve success. In the latter case, children are successful if they get straight-As in school, are top athletes, or star in the performing arts, but are also unhappy. In contrast, parents who want to raise successful achievers view success and happiness as mutually inclusive; success without happiness is not success at all.

The development of successful achievers comes from fostering the Three Pillars of Successful Achievers: self-esteem, ownership, and emotional mastery. These three areas provide the foundation for raising children who become successful, happy, value-driven, and contributing adults.

First Pillar: Self-esteem

Self-esteem has been perhaps the most misunderstood and misused developmental factor in recent generations. In the last few decades, parents were led to believe that self-esteem developed if a child felt loved and valued. This belief caused parents to love and encourage and support and reward and reinforce their children regardless of what their children actually did.

Yet, this unconditional love is only one half of the self-esteem equation. The second part is that children need to develop a sense of competency and mastery over their world. Most basically, children must learn that their actions matter and that their actions have consequences. If they do good things, good things happen. If they do bad things, bad things happen. And, importantly, if they do nothing, nothing happens.

The only way for children to develop this sense of competence is for them to try things, succeed, and, yes, experience failure. Unfortunately, parents make two mistakes in their ill-advised attempts to develop this sense of competency in their children. First, they try to convince their children how capable they are by telling them they are the most wonderful, talented, amazing children. The problem with this approach is that life has a way of showing children who have been convinced that they are exceptional by their parents that, well, they really aren’t. Second, out of a misguided belief that failure would hurt their children’s self-esteem, many parents did their best to protect their children from failure. In doing so, children couldn’t learn from and gain competence from their mistakes and parents created the very thing that they wanted to avoid, namely, children with low self-esteem.

Yes, children need to feel loved and secure to develop high self-esteem. But, just as importantly, they must feel a sense of competence in their capabilities to navigate their increasingly complex world.

Second Pillar: Ownership

Out of fear that their children won’t become as successful as their parents want them to be, many parents make their children their personal achievement projects, managing and micromanaging their children to ensure they do everything they need to achieve success. In doing so, these parents steal their children’s lives by taking ownership of their achievement activities. These parents place the burden of their own self-esteem on their children’s shoulders, a crushing weight I assure you.

Though these efforts are often well-intentioned (these parents love their children and want them to be successful), the result is that children feel no sense of ownership or responsibility for their own efforts. Without this ownership of their lives and goals, children have little incentive to work hard toward those goals (except perhaps out of fear that their parents won’t love them). The children end up thinking, “This isn’t mine, so why should I even try?” These children come to hate the achievement activity in which they participate because they feel forced to do it and usually end up quitting, even if it’s something they once loved.

Many parents with whom I consult complain that their children have lost their motivation, and now it’s my job to find their motivation (as if it has gotten lost behind their dresser or under their bed). But the question isn’t where did they lost their motivation, but rather what is suppressing it? The amazing (and paradoxical) thing is that when parents relinquish ownership of their children’s achievement activities, they free their children to regain ownership and passion for them.

Children need to gain a sense of ownership of their life’s interests, efforts, and achievements. This ownership means that they engage in an activity out of an enduring love for it, because they see its value or because it is necessary to achieve their goals, and, as a result, have an internally-derived motivation to do their best. They think, “This is mine, so I want to do my best.” This ownership also provides them with an immense source of gratification and pride from their efforts that further motivates them to strive higher in their achievement activities.

Third Pillar: Emotional Mastery

The third pillar of successful achievers, emotional mastery, is perhaps the most neglected aspect of children’s development. Despite its obvious importance, where do children learn about emotions? Either from their parents (now that could be a scary idea) or from popular culture (which rarely shows healthy expression of emotions). Also, parents have been led to believe that allowing their children to experience negative emotions, such as frustration, anger, and sadness, will somehow hurt their self-esteem. So parents placate, assuage, comfort, and distract their children from these emotions and attempt to create artificial positive emotions (by praising and buying things for them). The problem is that emotions are two sides of the same coin. Children can’t experience love, happiness, joy, excitement unless they are allowed to experience frustration, anger, and sadness.

Parents who protect their children from their emotions are actually interfering with their children’s emotional growth. These children never learn how to deal effectively with their emotions because they have little experience with their emotions and enter adulthood ill-equipped for its emotional demands. Only by being allowed to experience the full range of emotions are children able to figure out what emotions they are feeling, what the emotions mean to them, and how they can express them in healthy ways.

Emotional mastery is not the absence of emotions, but rather the ability to recognize emotions, understand where they came from, and express them in healthy ways. Children who do not develop emotionally can still achieve success — we see many very successful businesspeople, professional athletes, and actors who are acclaimed — but the price they pay is often discontentment and unhappiness in their successes (as potentially expressed in immaturity, narcissism, alcohol and drug abuse, and divorce). Emotional mastery enables children to not only become successful, but also to find satisfaction and joy in their efforts, in other words, to become successful achievers.

How to Raise Successful Achievers

The ability of your children to become successful achievers will be grounded in essential beliefs that you foster in them. Drs. Aubrey Fine and Michael Sachs, the authors of Total Sports Experience for Kids, offer a valuable summary of those beliefs (I have added numbers #1 and #7, and the parenthetical comments):

  1. I am loved (sense of value),
  2. I am capable (sense of competence),
  3. It is important to try (value of effort),
  4. I am responsible for my day (sense of ownership),
  5. It is okay to make mistakes (accept failure),
  6. I can handle things when they go wrong (response to adversity),
  7. I enjoy what I do (value of passion and joy),
  8. I can change (being a master).

Photo courtesy of Burke Mountain Academy

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FIS Alpine World Cup at Killington proposed for 2016 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:01:15 +0000 SR Staff PARK CITY, Utah – World Cup ski racing may be coming back to New England in 2016. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, along with its resort partner Powdr, Corp., is proposing an Audi FIS Ski World Cup at Killington, Vt., this week during meetings of the International Ski Federation in Zurich. The submission comes after years of work by the USSA to find an opportunity to bring World Cup ski racing to the most populated region of the country.

The proposed November 2016 World Cup would include women’s giant slalom and slalom races. The athletes in attendance could include U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn. If accepted by the FIS, the dates would be Nov. 26-27, 2016 – Thanksgiving Weekend. The race would fill the weekend traditionally hosted in Aspen during the season in which the Colorado resort will hold the World Cup Finals in March of 2017.

In a final site inspection Sept. 23, FIS Women’s World Cup Tour Director Atle Skaardal visited Killington and gave a positive report, which encouraged the USSA to move forward in the process. The bid will be submitted to the FIS at its fall meetings in Zurich that run through Saturday. It is anticipated that the bid will then be put onto the draft 2016-17 World Cup calendar that will be finalized next June.

It would be the first World Cup in the eastern U.S. since 1991 when the U.S. Ski Team’s Julie Parisien won the giant slalom at Waterville Valley, N.H.

“An eastern World Cup will have great impact on our sport by bringing the best ski racers in the world close to our largest population of USSA members and fans,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “Powdr, Corp. has always been a strong partner for the USSA and we have confidence that Killington is well suited to produce an exceptional early season World Cup.”

The USSA has had a long relationship with Powdr, Corp. producing World Cup and Grand Prix events at Copper Mountain and Park City Mountain Resort. Killington has been a strong venue in alpine ski racing as a regular host to FIS and USSA races.

“Killington is one of the premier resorts in the country and close to major eastern metropolitan markets,” said Powdr CEO John Cumming. “Powdr has produced World Cup events in the past at other resorts in our portfolio and has significant experience executing large-scale races such as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup.”

As a FIS World Cup, the event would be broadcast worldwide to over 60 nations, along with national broadcast coverage across America. The event is anticipated to bring significant economic impact to the state of Vermont, which other U.S. World Cups have seen extend to $15-20 million.

“It’s been a key initiative for the USSA to find a calendar window with FIS to bring alpine ski racing to the east,” noted USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “Our partnership with Powdr and the early snowmaking capability of Killington were crucial to working with FIS to get onto the World Cup calendar.”

The only previous alpine World Cup to be held in Vermont was at Stratton March 2-5, 1978 where Phil Mahre won the men’s GS and Steve Mahre won the slalom.

Release courtesy of USSA, photo courtesy of Killington

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