The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals is returning to Blue Mountain Resort! The March 3-5 event will showcase the world’s best ski cross competitors as they vie for the overall Crystal Globes and Nations Cup trophy.
Brady Leman soaring over Blue Mountain Village on his way to victory in 2012
The Canadian Ski Cross team has been THE nation to beat for close to 10 years and the 2016/17 season is no different –Olympic Gold Medalist Marielle Thompson and teammate Brady Leman have earned multiple podium finishes this year and are the top contenders for the overall Crystal Globes. Ontario grown Dave Duncan and Kevin Drury are among Canadians competing. Both Dave and Kevin have had top 10 finishes this World Cup season and will be looking for GOLD in front of the hometown crowd. The Blue Mountain event is the first and only North American stop on the 2016/17 FIS Ski Cross World Cup.
“Racing the World Cup Finals on home soil is an exciting opportunity for our athletes and our fans,” said Willy Raine, Canada Ski Cross Athletic Director. “We’ve had a great season so far and we hope that local race fans will come out and cheer on the Canada Ski Cross team.”
“The success of this event is due to the support from over 150 volunteers, many local businesses and, of course, our host resort, Blue Mountain,” explains Chris Robinson of World Snowsports Events Group. “Hosting an elite, international event such as the World Cup Finals, allows us to engage with and provide community support, while leaving a lasting legacy from the event. Join us for a World Cup celebration throughout the weekend at Blue Mountain with live entertainment, opening ceremonies, high flying action and activities for everyone to enjoy.”
This year’s course starts at the top of the Century Express. A series of bumps and jumps and banked turns leads racers down Apple Bowl. The course then traverses the hill, making its way through the Badlands Terrain Park and under the Century Express, finishing just above the Blue Mountain Inn. This new course design will provide exciting viewing both on hill and in the finish area.
The Collingwood / Blue Mountains Transit Link will be running FREE and continuous bus service so fans can enjoy everything the World Cup has to offer, including live music and exciting race action. Bring your Canadian flags, cowbells and horns and cheer Team Canada!
For a full schedule of events go to www.bluemountainworldcup.ca