LJUBJANA, Slovenia – Five U.S. resorts were confirmed Monday as sites of the 2011-12 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup ski and snowboarding events. The five resorts are: Aspen, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Deer Valley Resort and Lake Placid. FIS announced these magic five after its annual meetings in Portoroz and Ljubjana, Slovenia.
“Our World Cup events are the ultimate showcase for our athletes,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Executive Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “They’re an opportunity for our athletes to compete on the home field and at our nation’s best venues, in front of American fans and viewers.”
Each of the U.S. stops will be broadcast nationally and also to tens-of-millions worldwide. “Our media partners are a critical element to bringing the excitement of our sports to our fans,” said the USSA’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Andrew Judelson.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup will return to Aspen November 26-27, 2011 for the women’s giant slalom and slalom, and the following weekend will continue with the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek December 2-4 for the men’s downhill, super G and giant slalom. The U.S. Ski Teams greats will be present speeding down the respective hills. Naming five, going along with the magic five resorts are: Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY), and World and Olympic Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT). Looking ahead to 2015, Vail/Beaver Creek will be the site of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The FIS LG Snowboard World Cup returns to Telluride for the third straight year on December 14-17, 2011. The event will feature a parallel GS event plus the season opener for snowboardcross with such Olympic greats Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT). The World Cup will also feature the new World Championship competition of team snowboardcross for the second time.
Freestyle will be returning to Lake Placid January 19-21, 2012 and Deer Valley, last year’s site for the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, February 2-4, 2012. Lake Placid will feature a pair of night aerials events under the lights plus daytime moguls, and Deer Valley will showcase night aerials and dual moguls along with daytime moguls. It’s also been confirmed Olympic and World Cup champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) will take on moguls again, and Ashley Caldwell (Charleston, SC) will try for a repeat win at Lake Placid in aerials.
Looking past hosting U.S. resorts, below is a list of international locations set for the World Cup tour:
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup traditional glacier races in Soelden, Austria – October 22-23, 2011, close with World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria, site of the 2013 World Championships.
Women’s ski jumping, recently added to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, will debut at the World Cup level in Lillehammer, Norway on December 12 2011, joining the men’s tour.
Skicross in San Candido, Italy on December 17, 2011, the final freestyle schedule will be finalized later to accommodate the inclusion of halfpipe skiing, one of the newest Olympic disciplines.
Snowboarding halfpipe World Cup in Cardrona, New Zealand in August (Telluride kicking off the snowboardcross season in December).
Freestyle moguls in Ruka, Finland on December 10, 2011.
Aerials in Mont Gabriel, PQ on January 14, 2012.
Nordic combined in Kuusamo, Finland on November 25-26, 2011
Cross country in Beitostolen, Norway November 19-20, 2011.