LJUBJANA, Slovenia – Five U.S. resorts were confirmed Monday as sites of the 2011-12 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup ski and snowboarding events. The five resorts are: Aspen, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Deer Valley Resort and Lake Placid. FIS announced these magic five after its annual meetings in Portoroz and Ljubjana, Slovenia.
“Our World Cup events are the ultimate showcase for our athletes,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Executive Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “They’re an opportunity for our athletes to compete on the home field and at our nation’s best venues, in front of American fans and viewers.”
Each of the U.S. stops will be broadcast nationally and also to tens-of-millions worldwide. “Our media partners are a critical element to bringing the excitement of our sports to our fans,” said the USSA’s Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Andrew Judelson.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup will return to Aspen November 26-27, 2011 for the women’s giant slalom and slalom, and the following weekend will continue with the Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek December 2-4 for the men’s downhill, super G and giant slalom. The U.S. Ski Teams greats will be present speeding down the respective hills. Naming five, going along with the magic five resorts are: Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY), and World and Olympic Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT). Looking ahead to 2015, Vail/Beaver Creek will be the site of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
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