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World Cup to return to Killington two more years

Killington Resort has signed a two-year agreement with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2019 and 2020.

Killington’s place on the 2019 World Cup calendar has been confirmed by the International Ski Federation. HomeLight will be the title sponsor for the next World Cup at Killington, which will take place Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Killington has hosted the race since 2016.Last year’s event attracted an estimated 39,000 visitors and broke attendance records at World Cup events.

“Establishing another multi-year World Cup schedule here at Killington is an incredible opportunity for the resort and the surrounding community,” said Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort. “I continue to be blown away by the sheer size of the crowds, and their enthusiasm leads me to believe that we’ll continue to see large numbers of spectators to watch the fastest female ski racers in the world take on the Superstar trail.”

The first year Killington hosted the World Cup in 2016, it was the first World Cup in the eastern USA since 1991 at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and the first in Vermont since 1978 at Stratton Mountain.

Like the other races, the 2019 and 2020 races at Killington will be broadcast worldwide to more than 60 nations, along with national broadcast coverage across the US.

U.S. Ski Team member Mikaela Shiffrin has won the slalom each of the last three years at Killington.

“The Killington Cup has long been a highlight of mine on the World Cup tour the last three seasons,” said Shiffrin. “In 2018 we – all of us together – set a new precedent for ski racing internationally, boasting the largest World Cup crowd for women on the entire circuit. To get that hat trick slalom victory in front of thousands of screaming fans at home is something I will never, ever forget. I’m looking forward to once again competing on home soil.”

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