Categories: Life in an Inn
Tags: Killington, World Cup, snowmaking
Last winter may have taken the wind out of our sails a bit, but actually not for that long. This past summer presented itself as classic Vermont, with lush greens and sparkling sunshine, and even though I find myself awed every fall, the foliage colors this year surpassed all expectations.
But if anyone here in Killington still needed a nudge to slide into winter with gusto, the Audi FIS World Cup at Killington over Thanksgiving Weekend did more than bring it home. Killington Resort had been talking for several years about bringing a World Cup ski racing event to town, and for a while I think we all felt it might be a bit of a pipe dream, but were we ever wrong! A year in the planning, and did Killington ever pull off the most exciting, best organized, most well attended extravaganza Manfred and I have ever seen in this town.
An estimated 30,000 spectators watched the world’s best women racers in slalom and giant slalom plummet down masterfully snow covered and groomed Superstar (this was Thanksgiving Weekend, mind you!) The icing on the snow cake was American Mikaela Schiffrin’s slalom victory before a home state crowd. The atmosphere was electric and the spectators cheered every single racer, including those who didn’t finish their run. I for one (and I know I am not alone) couldn’t be prouder of the resort management and their incredible staff, the volunteers, and the townspeople who helped to showcase our world class resort and everything it has to offer. The town is still buzzing and we cannot wait to welcome you back to the Snowed Inn and Killington Mountain.