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World Pro Ski Tour to Capitalize on Momentum From
Sunday River Event With Full 2017-18 Tour

The Pro Ski Challenge at Sunday River on March 11 was the launch for a full tour in 2017-18 that will include four to six stops across the U.S. and Canada. The best giant slalom and slalom racers from across the U.S. and Canada attended, and additional athletes traveled from such countries as Argentina and France.

Robby Kelley and Mark Engel of the USA. Credit Lisa Mutz-Nelson.

Ed Rogers, president of the World Pro Ski Tour, said, “This event was just what we needed to continue our growth into one of the premier winter sports properties in the world. Our exceptional athletes provide the stunning competition and return for our sponsors that will definitely give us the value to host a full tour in the coming winter.”

Following 2018, the World Pro Ski Tour will continue growth with more events across the world throughout the year, including possible summer events in the southern hemisphere and Europe.

Considering the harsh conditions with wind chills down to -32F, spectators were thrilled with the world-class competition. Sponsors, athletes, and fans bonded throughout the weekend during the Ski with the Pros Day and at parties in the Sunday River area. The opportunity to mingle with Olympians, NCAA champions, and World Cup competitors is a very unique part of the World Pro Ski Tour.

Max Hall and Kieffer Christianson of the USA. Credit Lisa Mutz-Nelson.

Tim Burke, New England division manager for Tito’s Handmade Vodka, remarked, “The World Pro Ski Tour did a great job creating an environment where we could expose Tito’s Handmade Vodka to a lot of new consumers in a fun and festive environment. We were thrilled to be a part of this event and help these skiers do what they love to do!”

Athletes endured the cold throughout the day but still cherished the opportunity to be part of this unique event. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win this race,” Chodounsky recalled. “It was amazing to race against these guys, I had a blast, so it feels tremendous to win. It was a good old-fashioned drag race.”

AJ Ginnis, who is ranked 6th in the U.S. in slalom, qualified in the top position for Saturday’s final slightly ahead of 1st ranked Chodounsky, 2nd ranked Mark Engel, 3rd ranked Robby Kelley, and 5th ranked Michael Ankeny. Ginnis experienced a heartbreaking defeat as he slid on his hip past the final gates, shocking the spectators on the deck of the Sunday River base lodge. Despite the agony, he treasured the experience, “It was still an unbelievable event and I’ll remember it forever.”

The World Pro Ski Tour will immediately begin planning a calendar for the 2017-18 season, including Sunday River and other potential sites such as Vail, Colorado; Sun Valley, Idaho; Stowe Mountain, Vermont; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Bretton Woods, New Hampshire; and Boyne Highlands, Michigan. Future events are sure to attract a deeper field of top athletes as the ski racing world learns of the exceptional success of this event.