How to Watch the World Cup

The best women racers in the world. Free live concerts from Guster, Michael Franti, KT Tunstall and more. Movie premieres from TGR and Warren Miller. A festival  village. Freestyle skiing tricks going on on the sidelines. And, oh yes, more than 30 trails open and skiing well.  Yes, Vermont’s biggest ski party is gearing up for this weekend. Herwig Demscharr, chair of Killington’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee called the weekend a “party not to be missed.”

From November 23 to November 25, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour will come to Killington for the third year in a row. Close to 100 women representing 21 countries are expected to participate in slalom and giant slalom races on Killington’s Superstar trail. In the past, as many as 34,000 fans have converged on the mountain to cheer on superstars like Mikaela Shiffrin and local skiers like newcomer Abi Jewett of Ripton, Vt.

Vermont Ski + Ride will be there reporting live so stay tuned to our site and Facebook page for updates after each  run.

Spectating is free but get there early if you want to park in site of the Superstar course. Otherwise, the will be plenty of free shuttles from lots farther down the Mountain Road. The races will be broadcast live to an audience of 2.1 million people in 60 countries worldwide, and Killington president and general manager Mike Solimano says the mountain expects another record-breaking turnout for the race series.

In the U.S., NBC will air live coverage.Solimano says he’s excited to see the turnout for this year’s World Cup event. “The Northeast has an incredible passion for world-class alpine skiing and we are thrilled to once again offer free-access viewing areas so we can continue to inspire the next generation of alpine ski racers.” Killington got FIS’ approval of its racing surface on November 15.Although the event is free and open to the public, buying a ticket gets you varying degrees of better access to the course. Free shuttle buses will be available to help spectators get around the venue and jumbotron screens will be installed in the base area to help everyone get a good view of the course.

A Grandstand ticket ($40) earns you space at the base of Superstar with elevated grandstand seating. For a little more ($100) you can get a Premier Grandstand ticket, which offers access to the highest five rows of the grandstands. A SuperFan ticket ($125) includes standard grandstand seating plus a redeemable adult lift ticket voucher for the 2018-2019 Killington season. a 4241′ Finish Pavilion ticket gets you access to a semi-heated tent and continental breakfast, plus all-you-can-eat barbecue from Peak Lodge at skier’s left of Superstar.

Tickets are for sale at www.killington.com.

Free Concerts

This year, Killington is bringing a world-class music lineup to match the world-class athletes it will be hosting.

On Saturday, both KT Tunstall and Michael Franti, frontman of Spearhead, will both offer free concerts. Tunstall is expected to take to the stage around 11:15 a.m., after the second Giant Slalom Runs conclude. Franti is expected to start playing at 2:30 p.m.

For Guster fans, Sunday’s concert will be one not to miss, following the conclusion of the first Slalom runs at about 11:30 a.m. Two of Guster’s four band members are from Vermont—Ryan Miller (see our interview with him) is from Williston and an avid snowboarder, and Luke Reynolds hails from Addison County. All concerts will take place at the Festival Village at the K-1 Base Area at Killington Resort.

If you are looking to have an athlete sign an autograph, plan to arrive early and potentially be turned away, as participating athletes are available for limited windows of time and long lines are expected.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2018

 

10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Festival Village Open K-1 Base Area
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Athlete autograph signing with the Swedish Women’s team including Olympic gold medalist, Frida Hansdotter, and Anna Swenn-Larsson, Sarah Hector and Emilie Wikström. K-1 Base Lodge
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Athlete Signing with Maren Skjøld, Mina Fürst Holtmann & Jim Ryan Peak Performance Ski Shop, Killington Road
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. World Cup Après hosted by High West Mahogany Ridge Bar, K-1 Lodge
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Poster Signing with Tessa Worley, Federica Brignone & Michelle Gisin Peak Performance Ski Shop, Killington Road
5:45 p.m. Athlete Bib Presentation, Paul Oakenfold and Fireworks Festival Village, K-1 Base Area
7:00 p.m. TGR’s Far Out Movie Premier Resort Center, Snowshed Base Lodge
9:00 p.m. Live Music: Changing Lanes Wobbly Barn, Killington Road

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018

7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Festival Village Open K-1 Base Area
8:45 a.m. Opening Parade Finish Area, Bottom of Superstar Trail
9:45 a.m. Giant Slalom Run 1 Superstar Trail
Immediately Following Run 1 Live Music: KT Tunstall Festival Village, K-1 Base Area
1:00 p.m. Giant Slalom Run 2 Superstar Trail
Immediately Following Run 2 Awards Finish Area, Bottom of Superstar Trail
Immediately Following Awards Live Music: Michael Franti Festival Village, K-1 Base Area
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. World Cup Après hosted by High West Mahogany Ridge Bar, K-1 Lodge
3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Kelly Brush Foundation Apres Party Pickle Barrel Night Club, Killington Road
7:00 p.m. Warren Miller’s Face of Winter Movie Premier Resort Center, Snowshed Base Lodge
9:00 p.m. Live Music: Changing Lanes Wobbly Barn, Killington Road

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2018

7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Festival Village Open K-1 Base Area
8:45 a.m. Opening Parade Finish Area, Bottom of Superstar Trail
10:00 a.m. Slalom Run 1 Superstar Trail
Immediately Following Run 1 Live Music: Guster Festival Village, K-1 Base Area
1:00 p.m. Slalom Run 2 Superstar Trail
Immediately Following Run 2 Awards Finish Area, Bottom of Superstar Trail
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. World Cup Après hosted by High West Mahogany Ridge Bar, K-1 Lodge

WATCH FROM HOME

Watching The Audi FIS Ski World Cup races live and in person is the best way to feel the energy, cheer on your favorite racer and experience all the other amazing events and live music that is part of the weekend. If you can, it’s great to make a weekend of the after-parties, film premiers, live concerts and world-class ski racing. But, if you can’t make it and want to watch from home, here’s the schedule:

  • Giant Slalom, Second Run
    • LIVE: 1:00-2:00 p.m. November 24th on NBCSN
    • DELAYED: 3:00-4:30 p.m. November 24th on NBC
  • Slalom, Second Run
    • LIVE: 1:00-3:00 p.m. November 25th on NBC
The top women slalom and giant slalom racers in the world return for the FIS Killington Cup over Thanksgiving Weekend. Photo courtesy the US Ski Team.

Abagael Giles

Abagael Giles is the Assistant Editor at Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine. She loves free-heel skiing and exploring her home state of Vermont–one ridgetop at a time.