FIS Announces 2015-16 U.S. World Cup Stops
VARNA, Bulgaria (June 8, 2015) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) capped its spring FIS Calendar Conference by announcing World Cup schedules for 2015-16, including a host of sites in the USA. Colorado’s Beaver Creek and Aspen resorts, along with Deer Valley Resort in Utah, plus the Olympic villages of Lake Placid in New York and California’s Squaw Valley are set to host the best skiers and riders in the world across a variety of disciplines. Additional World Cup sites will be announced later this spring as a part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s U.S. Grand Prix tour.
On the heels of a successful FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek last year, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will return to Colorado with races in Aspen Nov 28-29 and Beaver Creek Dec. 4-6. Aspen is also the site for the World Cup finals in March 2017.
The FIS Freestyle World Cup will return to perennial sites in Lake Placid Jan. 14-16 and at Deer Valley Resort Feb. 4-6, along with a skicross and snowboardcross World Cup in Squaw Valley March 11-13.
A host of additional freeskiing and snowboarding World Cups will be announced as a part of the U.S. Grand Prix tour this summer.
“Our World Cup venues represent some of the best resorts in America,” stated USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “The USSA is proud to partner with each of them to promote our sports and give our athletes the opportunity to compete on home turf.”
The FIS alpine and freestyle World Cup circuits are the highest level in the sport worldwide, attracting global interest at each tour stop.
- The International Ski Federation announced its schedule of 2015-16 World Cup events following the conclusion of FIS Calendar Conference meetings in Bulgaria.
- Alpine skiing will return to America for World Cups in Colorado at Beaver Creek Resort and Aspen. Vail/Beaver Creek was host to the 2015 World Championships. Aspen is slated to host the 2017 World Cup finals next year.
- Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT, as well as Lake Placid, NY, will host World Cups for both aerials and moguls.
- Snowboardcross and skicross competitions are on the schedule for a World Cup at Squaw Valley Resort, the Lake Tahoe resort’s first World Cups since 1969.
- Additional U.S Grand Prix tour stop announcements will be made this summer.
2015-16 USA WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
Nov. 28-29, Aspen Winternational (women’s giant slalom, slalom), Aspen, CO
Dec. 4-6, Audi Birds of Prey Race Week (men’s downhill, super G, giant slalom), Beaver Creek, CO
Mar. 11-13, Squaw Valley Cross Cup (skicross, snowboardcross)
Jan. 14-16, Lake Placid Freestyle Cup (moguls, aerials, team aerials), Lake Placid, NY
Feb. 4-6, Deer Valley Freestyle International (moguls, dual moguls, aerials)
Calum Clark, Vice President, Events, USSA
Our World Cup venues represent some of the best resorts in the country. The USSA is proud to partner with each of them to promote our sports and give our athletes the opportunity to compete on home turf.
WORLD CUP SITES
Aspen – Nov. 26-28
The top women’s ski racers in the world join the U.S. Alpine Ski Team Thanksgiving weekend each year racing in the Aspen Winternational. In addition to the World Cup spot, the resort is preparing to host the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in March 2017.
Beaver Creek Resort - Dec. 4-6
Beaver Creek has a strong history of hosting high-caliber events in alpine skiing. Last year, the resort welcomed the world during the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, which generated record broadcast viewership across the nation. The Birds of Prey downhill course is one of the best on the World Cup tour and is a favorite among American athletes.
Lake Placid – Jan. 14-16
Lake Placid is another World Cup tour stop with Olympic ties. The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex and Whiteface Mountain combine to host moguls and aerials competitions, including the first ever aerials team event in North America at the World Cup last season. A team event is on the schedule for this year’s stop as well.
Deer Valley Resort – Feb. 4-6
The FIS Freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley Resort is a tour favorite. The world class venues, used for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, combined with high-caliber athletic performances draws a huge crowd to the resort. Last year, U.S. athletes took seven World Cup podiums at the event. Deer Valley will be the site for moguls and aerials at the 2019 World Championships for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding in Park City.
Squaw Valley – March 11-13
In addition to playing host to the 1960 Olympics, Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley played a key role in the early days of the FIS Alpine World Cup, last holding a tour stop in 1969. Squaw Valley now shifts over to freeskiing and snowboarding with a skicross and snowboardcross World Cup this March.