KILLINGTON, Vt. – Over 1000 VARA Club members arrived at Killington the morning of Nov. 26 to participate in the VARA Athlete Parade at the Killington Women’s World Cup. Record numbers of fans followed. The VARA Athlete Parade was a spectacle like none other, impressing the crowds with participants Swix VARA World Cup hats and the sheer numbers involved.
A sea of white hats bobbed down from the staging area into the finish area where thousands were able to witness the overwhelming sense of community and pride which is the essence of VT ski racing and the Vermont Alpine Racing Association. The scene was emotional for some and exciting for all. What a way to kick off the 2017 season!
Attendance was record setting with 30,000 fans, making the Killington World Cup the biggest weekend crowds in women’s World Cup history, according to the USSA News Bureau. Way to go Eastern ski racing enthusiasts!
The action was amazing and exciting as fans could see most of the course from the viewing areas. Cheering could be heard by the competitors at the top of the course. The venue was user friendly and spectator traffic flowed with ease.
Fans were able to witness Mikaela Shiffrin finish the weekend with her sixth straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup win, winning the slalom. A fantastic job by Killington, The Organizing Committee, Local Organizing Committee and all the volunteers!