2009 International Ski Federation World Cup

Five of America’s most prestigious ski resorts will be hosting International Ski Federation World Cup events during the 2008/2009 winter sport season. These world-class snow skiing and snowboarding competition venues were approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) Congress during its recent meetings held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Aspen, Colorado, will be the venue for the Aspen Winternational, the women’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup (28-29 November 2008) while Beaver Creek, Colorado, will host the Birds of Prey Race Week, the men’s Audi FIS World Cup (4-7 December 2008). The Nature Valley Freestyle Cup (16-18 January 2009) will take place at Lake Placid, New York, with Park City, Utah, hosting the Visa Freestyle International (29-31 January 2009). The Visa U.S. Snowboarding Cup (27 February-1 March 2009) will be hosted by Sunday River Resort in Maine.

Aspen is legendary in the snow skiing fraternity and there sure to be loads of excitement and action during the women’s Audi FIS Alpine World Cup. Races on the schedule of events include Downhill, Super-G and Slalom. Spectators can expect to see some of the top names in competitive snow skiing battle it out on the slopes.

The Birds of Prey Race Week at Beaver Creek, Colorado, includes the men’s Audi FIS World Cup. Races featured on the program include the Super Combined, Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom. The Birds of Prey racecourse was designed by Swiss Olympic Downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi and was built for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships. This exciting course features a 757 meter vertical drop, with an average gradient of 27 percent and a peak gradient of 45 percent. The course can accommodate around 20,000 spectators, ensuring that everyone gets a slice of the action.

The Nature Valley Freestyle Cup at Lake Placid attracts the world’s top freestyle skiers. Skiers will negotiate a series of carefully constructed bumps along stretches of wilderness trail on the mogul events. Competitors will have the opportunity to showcase their aerial skills at the Olympic Sports Complex situated on the edge of Lake Placid.

The Visa Freestyle International for men and women will be held at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, Utah. The average speed for ski cross athletes is 45 mph, with four skiers competing at a time. Some of the world’s best freestyle skiers compete in these events and the competition is tough, often with only a split second making the difference between the winner and second place. Aerialist average speeds of around 25-30 mph down the in-run, peaking an estimated 50 feet above the ground when launching off the kicker to perform death-defying acrobatic twists and flips – this event is a definite crowd-pleaser.

Sunday River Resort has a history of hosting elite level alpine, freestyle and snowboarding competitions, and competitors in the Visa U.S. Snowboarding Cup are no doubt looking forward to an exciting event at this world-class venue.

Callum Clark, USSA Vice President of Events, expressed his satisfaction with the chosen venues, which have some of the best snow skiing and snowboarding terrain in the world. Each venue has a proven track record for successfully hosting large, high profile sporting events, and the 2009 International Ski Federation World Cup promises excitement for competitors and fans alike.