Ski Industry News

Mikaela Shiffrin Takes Gold at Killington

by Kirsten Dobroth | November 27, 2017

Fans at the weekend event.

A total of 34,000 fans (18,000 for Saturday’s races and 16,000 for Sunday’s competition) lined the course at Vermont’s Killington Ski Resort, all hoping to catch a blur of America’s brightest ski racing star since Lindsey Vonn (and, by all accounts, possibly the best and brightest ever by the time she finishes up her career) as she streaked down the World Cup slalom course over the weekend. And, true to form, Shiffrin didn’t disappoint. After finishing second in Saturday’s contest, she bested Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova by over a second and a half to finish Sunday’s race in first place, putting herself atop the field in overall World Cup points with 305 for the season. “You can’t make mistakes and still beat Mikaela,” remarked Vlhova on the day’s results, an observation that’s become all too familiar for any and all competitors who have set out to battle the young phenom on the slopes. At 22, she’s already notched 26 World Cup slalom wins, putting her third all-time in the category, and ninth all time for her 32 wins in all race categories. It’s mind boggling to think that although she’s barely scratched her 20’s, she might just be getting started.
While Shiffrin calls Eagle-Vail, Colorado home (a suburb of Vail and Beaver Creek that’s nestled on I-70 between the two resorts), her family has New England roots, and she attended Vermont’s Burke Mountain School, making the win a special occasion for the throngs of fans that came out to see her race over the weekend. If she (and they) have their way, this will be just one of many wins they’ll be able to celebrate together. Shiffrin and the rest of the field travel to Lake Louise, Canada, to continue the race season next weekend.
All photos courtesy of Killington Resort.

Build Your Own Ski Vacation Quote

More from the Blog

Making the Most of the End of the Year

Saving the best days for last? Well folks, it has been a phenomenal ski year out West (sorry East coast skiers, maybe next year!), and with that comes the most heart-wrenching time of year, when we must say goodbye to our beloved mountains and let the beauty of summer...

Purgatory – The Prettiest Resort in the Southwest?

About 7 hours south of Denver, striated cliff bands welcome you as you make your way up through the town of Durango to Purgatory Mountain Resort. The name of the resort is certainly a misnomer – Purgatory appears to be anything but! Protected by its remote location,...

Staying safe in DEEP pow

Let’s talk about the snowpack. It’s not just your imagination, 2022-23 has been an excellent snow year so far. The West in general is still dry as ever, but it is nice to at least take a moment to enjoy the snow we do have. In California, reeling from a couple years...