In true New England fashion, Killington delivered a memorable FIS World Cup experience this past weekend with some blistering runs on the Superstar course. From fantastic conditions in chilly Saturday sunshine to yesterday’s freezing rain and fog, the racing was fabulous despite the somewhat predictable finishes. Yesterday saw remarkable skiing by the usual cadre of tech skiers, Mikaela Shiffrin putting in two solid runs to win ahead of Sloviakian star Petra Vlhova and Sweden’s always-competitive Frida Hansdotter. In GS action, Italy’s Federica Brignone topped the podium Saturday, a half-second ahead of Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel. Austrian Stephanie Brunner was third, Shiff just off the podium with a respectable fourth. The weekend’s results have Shiffrin in the early overall lead…meanwhile the men were competing in a couple of speed events in Lake Louise, and yes you could say the results were predictable, although any of the top ten could’ve topped the downhill podium Saturday, it was Austria’s Max Franz who came out on top. Aksel Lund Svindal, still recovering from that hand injury, finished a respectable eighth. The best of the rest was the usual mix of Innerhofer, Paris, Feuz, etc. And surprise, surprise — Americans Steve Nyman and Bryce Bennett just missed the top ten in 11th and 12th. Yesterday’s Super G had Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud first, followed by Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr and Mauro Caviezel for team Switzerland…word from FIS is St. Moritz (SUI) is confirmed following the official snow control today; the womens races will take place on December 8 & 9 2018.
Photo above courtesy Steve Lubertazza, taken early Saturday morning at Killington