The Maine Office of Tourism hosted the “Visit Maine Pro Ski Championships” finale at Sunday River, Maine, for the fourth and final stop of the 2019 World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) ski season.
With a crowd of 500 attending, the energy was high as cheers were heard up the race course held on the Monday Morning run at Sunday River. The Dual Super Slalom winner, Robert Cone from Killington, Vermont, edged out Tanguy Nef of Switzerland for the win, taking home $8,500. Cone narrowly beat Nef by a time differential of .024 seconds in the first run and .220 seconds in the second. It was a close race as well in the small final as Garret Driller of Tahoe City, Clifornia, took third beating out Thomas Woolson from Warren, Vermont, by .0276 seconds and .095 seconds, respectively.
After four events, the final tour standings gave Phil Brown of Toronto, Canada, the overall 2019 Tour Champion title along with the Tito’s Rookie of the Year title. Brown ended the season with 111 total points, bringing his earnings to $21,600. Driller finished second with 86 points and $12,600 in prize money. Alex Leever from Vail, Colorado, finished in 3rd with Michael Ankeny of Minnetonka, Minnesota, taking fourth overall. 2018 Tour Champion Nolan Kasper finished the season in fifth place.
In the team standings, Team America won the season title with 140 points, Slalom Tokyo Drift took second with 115, and Redneck Racing followed in third with 105. The team make-up consists of up to 4 pro racers taking the best total points from two of the teams’ racers per event. Team America consisted of Garret Driller, Alex Leever, Brian McLaughlin, and Taylor Shiffrin.
The “Mountain View at Trail’s End Junior Pro Challenge” utilized the WPST pros as mentors with 16 junior-seeded seeded U14 racers from the Gould Academy Competition Program teaming up against Carrabassett Valley Academy. These young racers experienced the pro format first hand. From start to finish they handled the challenges of horse-style start gates, running head-to-head over pro jumps. Sponsored by Mountain View at Trail’s End, they awarded the top-four winners scholarships of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, $300 for third, and $200 for fourth. The WPST is dedicated to the growth of the ski community, in 2020 there are plans to continue the development of this program at each pro event.
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CBS Sports Network is the television partner of the World Pro Ski Tour. Air dates subject to change, check your local listings for more details. Additional airing for encore showings will be announced in the future.
2019 WORLD PRO SKI TOUR SCHEDULE TV AIR DATES – CBS SPORTS NETWORK
April 15, 2019, 11:00 PM EST: Beaver Creek, Colorado. Event held Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2019
April 22, 2019, 11:00 PM EST: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Event held Feb. 7-9, 2019
April 29, 2019, 11:00 PM EST: Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Event held Mar. 1-2, 2019
May 6, 2019, 11:00 PM EST: Sunday River, Maine. Event held Mar. 28-30, 2019
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Release courtesy of WPST.