For the first time since 1991, the East Coast played host to skiing’s FIS World Cup this weekend as athletes from all over the globe gathered at Killington for womens’ giant slalom and slalom events.

A raucous, record-breaking crowd of nearly 27,000 East Coast skiing fans between the two days of competition were treated to exciting racing, including a slalom win by hometown girl Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin, 21, spent her formative years on the slopes of Vermont at the famed Burke Mountain Academy before going on to Olympic glory and becoming the games’ youngest slalom gold medalist in history.

According to U.S. Ski Racing officials, the large crowds made #BeastWorldCup, as the event was being referred to, one of the most well attended women’s skiing events in U.S. history and it’s attendance was on par with FIS events anywhere in North America.

“All of us would love to come back here,” said USSA’s Tom Kelly. “We’re going to take a serious look at it.  The World Cup calendar for next year will be determined in May at the International Ski Federation meetings, and we’re certainly going to continue to talk to Killington and talk to FIS to see if there’s an opportunity to come back here.  We just had a great opportunity to expose the sport to so many kids out here in the state of Vermont.”

Let us know in the comments: Would you like to see World Cup ski racing become a regular part of East Coast winters?

Courtesy of Killington/Facebook Photo
Courtesy of Killington/Facebook Photo

Ryan Wichelns

Ryan was goEast's only editor from its launch in 2016 until 2023. Now, he's the founding editor of Trails Magazine, the only print publication for backpackers and people who sleep in the dirt. When he's not wordsmithing, he's skiing, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and more in Colorado's San Juan Mountains and beyond.

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