2017 Killington World Cup
This is an update for my trip report in the 2016-2017 Killington thread, where I mentioned overhearing an instructor who had said management was confident in getting the WC back. I figured this was a little too off topic for that thread.
Little did I know about the big news that broke last weekend in the Aspen Daily News... Aspen has been stripped of hosting the WC in November. The article beats around the bush about how Aspen is awaiting hotel permits for their base reconstruction so they can build a new quad, and how it the Aspen WC has such great attendance (not) and the course prep for the finals was outstanding (of course with their large snowfall this year).
But the key is this little ditty:
The state of Ruthie’s restaurant, which has been shuttered for years but was reopened to provide racer support services for this event, was also noted by Lewis as a deficiency.
"A deficiency". That sounds like about as good spin as one can do with respect to an abandoned building hastily brought back to life for a 7-day long event.
With Aspen out (which the ADN even admits is for at least the "short term" which IMHO is more than a year), that leaves a hole in the schedule. Honestly, there really isn't anything that can plug that hole other than Killington unless FIS does a massive calendar shakeup. Even Beaver Creek has struggled in recent years with respect to snowmaking for their race which is the week after.