Ski Racing Globally, Doing Good Locally

Killington World Cup action 2017. Photos by Reese Brown

Take a chance at a Killington World Cup VIP package and help fund local sports.

Anyone who was out and about this weekend knows that winter is coming. If you’re still not sure, check out  Killington’s Superstar cam, which shows the slope getting prepped for the 2018 Killington World Cup. VIP packages recently went on sale, which means that it’s time to make plans for bundling up Thanksgiving weekend.

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If watching the World’s best ski racers live on Superstar isn’t enough to get you off the couch, consider this year’s ridiculously impressive lineup of free concerts the resort is hosting Friday through Sunday. We’re talking Michael Franti, KT Tunstall, Guster and PaulOakenfold. As they say in the old country, nicht schlecht!

Free concerts keep the crowd warm all weekend.

Free is pretty awesome, and there’s plenty of free entertainment over the weekend (see below); but, let’s take a little trip to Fantasy Island, and think about Killington’s VIP packages. If smoked salmon, Bloody Mary’s, and a warm seat to watch the races sound good, then this might be for you. If helping out local youth sports is your bag, then so much the better, because the Killington World Cup Committee (KWCC) uses part of the proceeds of every package to help local winter sports.

Last year KWCC awarded 17 grants, totaling $207,000, to Northeast area nonprofits in seven states.* The money went towards projects like terrain expansion and trail improvements, snowmaking upgrades, trail lighting, scholarships, reduced program fees, infrastructure upgrades and safety equipment for both Nordic and Alpine programs. Close to home, Whaleback received funds to upgrade their snowmaking, which will help the Whale’s trails accommodate many after school programs. 

Stars, stripes and smiles in the finish area.

Now, let’s stay on Fantasy Island long enough to consider that you might win the VIP treatment by entering a raffle through Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA).  A mere $50 will get you a chance to win one of two prizes that include:

2 World Cup VIP tent access passes
2 Killington Lift Ticket Vouchers for 18/19 Season (1 per person)
2 World Cup Commemorative Pins and World Cup Swix Hats (1 per person) 1 K-1 Parking Pass Per Day 1 Blizzard Tecnica Backpack

That’s a $1,500 value, and if you buy 10 tickets you get two free.  Do you feel the magic? If so, feel the magic soon, because the drawing is this Saturday, November 3, at the VARA gala in Stowe.

Stepping back onto the mainland, let’s imagine you don’t win the raffle, and you don’t have a spare $5-50K kicking around. Not to worry. Tickets for enhanced viewing, ranging from grandstand to finish pavilion are available for $40- $125 on the Killingtonwebsite.  And as always, general admission, race viewing with the New England fan base and all the fun in the World Cup Festival Village is FREE. In addition to the free concerts, additional entertainment includes the World Cup Festival Village, fireworks, parades and a Friday night bib draw featuring top athletes.

American AJ Hurt enjoying the moment, and her fans.

Find a complete schedule of events at Killington.com. For more info on KWCC VIPpackages contact Lynn Boynton, kwcc@killingtonmountainschool.org

* See a complete list of 2018’s grant recipients at kwccgivesback.org. Organizations interested in applying for future KWCC grant opportunities can find all the details, review the grant guidelines and learn how to apply for the 2019 grant cycle there as well.

 



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