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Killington lined up to host World Cup ski racing again

Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, competes during the women's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup giant slalom race, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Killington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Mikaela Shiffrin competed in both giant slalom (shown) and slalom at Killington’s World Cup event in 2016.

Vermont’s Killington Resort went to extraordinary lengths to host the first World Cup ski racing in New England in 25 years last November.

The event was a huge success, drawing more than 30,000 fans, and speculation has swirled about a return ever since. On Tuesday, Killington and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association moved a step closer to bringing it back, agreeing to a two-year deal to host World Cup ski racing at Killington on Thanksgiving weekend in 2017 and 2018.

The Federation Internationale de Ski still must approve its final calendar for the 2017-18 season, a move expected in May.

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“We have a blueprint for successful races to build on, and we are going to throw a party you don’t want to miss,” said Herwig Demschar, vice president of international business at Powdr, which owns Killington.

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After a 25-year hiatus from New England, FIS brought its highest level of competition back on Thanksgiving weekend in 2016 with women’s slalom and giant slalom events on Killington’s Superstar trail, which was loaded with more than 20 feet of man-made snow from the resort’s extensive snowmaking system.

“Our partnership with Killington to bring ski racing back to the East Coast produced one of the most successful event weekends we’ve seen,” said Calum Clark, USSA’s vice president of events. “The Killington team worked tirelessly to put on a great event and inspire thousands of young athletes. The prospect of returning for an event during the Olympic season gives us the opportunity to further build on that success and grow the event’s impact.”

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.