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Squaw Valley could get its first World Cup race since 1969

Laurenne Ross races women's Super G at the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, California.
Photo by Jen Desmond/U.S. Ski Team |

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has selected Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as the proposed site of an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017.

U.S. Ski Team officials are supporting the return of World Cup ski racing to the Olympic venue of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for the first time since 1969. The USSA is submitting Squaw Valley as a candidate for a March 2017 World Cup that would bring Olympic champions Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin to Squaw Valley for a giant slalom and slalom. The International Ski Federation will make its final decision on the 2016-17 calendar in June at the FIS Congress meeting in Cancun.

With the 2017 season culminating with the March 15 through 19 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen, the The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association had a unique opportunity to schedule an additional women’s World Cup weekend in the U.S. leading into the finals. Squaw Valley was selected by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association as a candidate based on its strong history of managing large events and the rich heritage of alpine ski racing in the area. The proposed event would be March 10 and 11, with Squaw Valley a stop for the tour between the Olympic test events in PyeongChang South Korea and the World Cup Finals in Aspen.

The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows proposal is part of a broad initiative by the The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to raise the profile of alpine ski racing in America. Last year’s World Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek attracted record U.S. television audiences with a global reach of 800 million. The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen also is expected to attract a large global audience.

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