A World Cup ski race might be coming back to the East Coast in 2016 if all goes well this week in Zurich, Switzerland. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is pushing to host an FIS Ski World Cup event in Killington next year, possibly featuring stars like Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso. The Thanksgiving weekend event would take the place of the race that is typically hosted in Aspen, which will be the site of the World Cup Finals that season in March 2017. This would be the first Word Cup event in the East since 1991.
Getting another World Cup event near the heavily-populated Eastern seaboard has been a priority for years, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has been working with Powdr Corp., which owns Killington, to submit this bid to the International Ski Federation.
This proposed race in November 2016 would feature women's giant slalom and slalom races. If the bid is accepted this week, it will be added to the draft World Cup calendar that is finalized in June.
The projected economic impact for the nationally (and globally) broadcast event could be somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million to $20 million for the state of Vermont.
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