For the first time in 19 years, the World Cup will return to California. Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows will host the Audi FIS World Cup on March 9, 2017. Race events held will consist of a Woman’s Giant Slalom on Friday, March 10th and Woman’s Slalom on Saturday, March 11. The races will be held on the Red Dog face with a finish corral adjacent to the base of the lift. To see the racers fly down this world class hill will be exhilarating. Young ski racers from everywhere can look up at their role models as they fly down the course. Squaw Valley was host to racing in the 1960 Winter Olympics and 1968 World Cup. Keep and eye out for local favorite and Olympic gold medalist, Julia Mancuso as she represents USA and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in both race events. Each day will end with an Official FIS Award Ceremony and we hope to see Mancuso on the podium!
The 2 races are center stage for the weekend but there are other events built around the World Cup that will be fun. Thursday, March 9th is the community kickoff parade through The Village at Squaw Valley followed by music and a welcome party for all racers and spectators. Ready to meet your favorite US Ski Team member? Friday afternoon at 4pm is the US Ski Team Poster Signing at the KT Base Bar. Stick around Friday night for live music and fireworks at 8pm all taking place at the KT Base Bar. All weekend you will have the chance to see featured products and promotions in the Village at Squaw Valley.
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This is a great testament to the entire Tahoe region. More from the press release below:
“Squaw is probably going to be the most difficult GS on the tour next year for the ladies,” said Atle Skårdal, FIS chie race director for the ladies’ Alpine World Cup. “It is a very, very technical and difficult hill, which we’re excited about. It seems to be a really keen organizing committee that is proactive in developing something memorable for everybody. Like Killington, it’s not a long-term deal with Squaw for the moment, but you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. The production of a really great event has to be the motivation for these organizing committees.”
The weekend-long events will welcome thousands of spectators and fans to North Lake Tahoe. The entire community will play host to ski racing enthusiasts, aspiring young skiers and media from around the world. The event will be broadcast across America on NBC and NBCSN, and will be seen during primetime evening hours in Europe as well as across the globe, highlighting athletic talent and the Squaw Valley destination.
“From perfect bluebird days and adrenaline pumping trails to luxurious resorts and cool après ski vibes, winter in The Golden State is like nowhere else in the world,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “The 2017 Alpine World Cup will put an international spotlight on one of California’s most majestic ski destinations and showcase the high altitude thrills and laid-back lifestyle that make for a snow experience that is uniquely Californian.”