The Alpine Ski World Cup Moves To North America
Updated: 5 days ago
The Alpine Ski World Cup continues in North America at Killington, and Beaver Creek in the U.S.A., and Tremblant in Canada.
In 2023, the Alpine Ski World Cup Tour in North America will begin on the east coast in Vermont with the Giant Slalom and Slalom races at the Killington ski resort.
The week after Killington, Men head to Beaver Creek, Colorado, for the annual Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup. Two Downhills and a Super-G are on the program. It will be the first speed events of the season.
The Women’s World Cup tour moves on December to Canadian soil. The traditional Women's speed races in Lake Louise are replaced by two Giant Slaloms in Tremblant.
Sadly, on July 17 FIS confirmed that the Men's Alpine Ski World Cup races planned in Lake Louise (Canada) scheduled on 25-26 November 2023 have been removed from the World Cup calendar 2023-2024. Lake Louise, nestled among the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park, was the only World Cup ski resort outside of Europe to join the ranks of the famous Club 5 Ski Classics.
Thanks to the partnership with Stifel, Alpine Ski World Cup races in the United States will feature prize money increased by 30% over last season, the largest amount of prize money awarded in skiing history in the United States. Both Men and Women winner will receive CHF 58,000 ($64,300), second will receive CHF 27,000 ($30,000) and third will receive CHF 15,000 ($16,600).
November 25th Giant Slalom / Women
November 26th Slalom / Women
Killington Resort, known as The Beast of the East, in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains is the largest ski resort in Eastern North America.
The Stifel Killington Cup, is a regular stop on the Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup Calendar since 2016. The event was the first Alpine Ski World Cup held in the eastern USA (since 1991 at Waterville Valley, NH), and the first in Vermont (since 1978 at Stratton Mountain). The Killington Cup is one of the World’s Most Attended Women’s World Cup Races. It had its largest single-day attendance record on Saturday, November 30, 2019 with 19,500 spectators for the Giant Slalom race.
Killington is owned by POWDR Corporation, one of the largest ski resort operators in North America.
POWDR is a private, family-owned company founded in 1994 by John Cumming. Within POWDR’s portfolio are nine mountain resorts: Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado; Killington and Pico Mountain in Vermont; Boreal Mountain Resort and Soda Springs in the Lake Tahoe region of California; Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Lee Canyon in Nevada; Snowbird in Utah; and SilverStar Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada.
Beaver Creek (USA)
December 1st Downhill / Men
December 2nd Downhill / Men
December 3rd Super-G / Men
Beaver Creek Mountain is home to the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse. The 2023 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races will feature two Downhills and one Super-G races.
Beaver Creek is known for its incredible early-season conditions, and the races on Birds of Prey are one of the highlights of the World Cup tour since they were first held in 1997.
Beaver Creek Resort is a major ski resort in the western United States, Colorado a few kilometers from Vail. Beaver Creek is one of the most luxurious and best winter sports resorts in America. The resort is owned and operated by Vail Resorts, the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the 41 resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Andermatt-Sedrun in Switzerland; and Perisher, Hotham, and Falls Creek in Australia.
December 2nd Giant Slalom / Women
December 3rd Giant Slalom / Women
On May 2023, Alpine Canada and Mont Tremblant announced that they will host two Giant Slalom events on December 2 and 3.
Tremblant hosted the first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races, a Downhill and a Giant Slalom, on Canadian soil back in 1983.
Mont Tremblant Ski Resort is located in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada. Tremblant has consistently been ranked the best ski resort in Eastern North America.
Tremblant is owned by Alterra Mountain Company, the joint venture of affiliates of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company, a community of 16 ski resorts, including Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Valley in California; Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Schweitzer in Idaho; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah, and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures.
Men skiers will be back to the United States on February-March 2024. Until last season the U.S.A. had hosted two Alpine Ski World Cup events: the Women’s Killington Cup in Killington, Vermont and the Men’s Xfinity Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, Colorado. The 2022-2023 winter marked the expansion of the U.S. World Cup Tour with two more events in Palisades Tahoe in California and Aspen Mountain in Colorado, marking the most World Cups on American soil since the 1996-97 season.