A field of Olympians, National Champs, NCAA Champs, and even your Average Joe will face off side-by-side in dual slalom action at Waterville Valley Resort on Feb. 8-10. Admission is free for spectators and anyone 18 years or older can register to compete on a world stage. Television coverage will be provided by CBS Sports Network.
“We are thrilled to expand the World Pro Ski Tour schedule to three events this winter to create more opportunity for ski racers from across the globe. The American ski community is craving more events to see their idols go head to head in dual slalom, the most exciting alpine race format that will also make its debut in the South Korea Olympics,” said Ed Rogers, President of the World Pro Ski Tour. “Our official partners Maine Office of Tourism, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Greenhead Lobster are making it possible to grow from a Sunday River event to Waterville Valley and other areas of the U.S.”
In March of 2017, the Pro Ski Challenge at Sunday River brought top American and Canadian athletes to Maine for the first pro tour dual race in the U.S. in almost twenty years. Top ranked American slalom skier and four-time national champion David Chodounsky defeated 2017 U.S. and Canadian national slalom champion AJ Ginnis to take the $10,000 grand prize at Sunday River. Top North American racers will face off with challengers from Europe, South America and other areas of the world in three events to become the 2018 World Pro Ski Tour champion.
Waterville Valley Resort has been host to dozens of Alpine World Cups throughout the last 50 years, most recently in 1991.
“The excitement of ski racing has always been a part of Waterville Valley Resort’s heritage and now to be in a period of significant growth and to be bringing back an event like the World Pro Ski Tour is really exciting,” said Tim Smith, President and General Manager of the New Hampshire ski area. “Personally, I am thrilled to be hosting this event here at Waterville Valley Resort because I grew up watching it with my dad and thinking it was so cool.”