Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Killington Mountain

The best female alpine skiers in the world will convene on Thanksgiving weekend here in snowy Killington, VT. Killington Mountain will yet again play host to the 2018 Women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. This ultra-popular free event will be the only World Cup expo in the United States this winter. After the Northeast went 25 years without hosting a World Cup, this exciting sport returned to Killington Mountain in 2016. The professional skiers and FIS were so pleased that they almost immediately announced the city would host the World Cup again in 2017 and 2018. We’re now five weeks away from this stunning display, which entertained 30,000 onlookers a year ago.

Killington Mountain will likely see thousands more arrive to watch Mikaela Shiffrin attempt to best her second-place finish from 2017. After a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, head up to the Green Mountains for a one-of-a-kind spectacle! The Killington Group still has some availability for Thanksgiving weekend; book now before our luxurious vacation rentals quickly sell out!

Ladies’ Slalom

Ninety athletes from over 20 countries are expected to race down the Superstar trail on Killington Mountain. The event will be broadcasted to millions of people on NBC and NBCSN. Shiffrin will likely perform in both events. She finished first in the giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics, besting Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway) and Federica Brignone (Italy). Shiffrin missed the slalom podium by 0.08 seconds at the same Olympics – a fact she hasn’t forgotten. Frida Hansdotter (Sweden), Wendy Holdener (Switzerland), and Katharina Gallhuber (Austria) all finished ahead of the two-time gold medal winner.

Live Entertainment

Not many free events feature such a diverse and talented music lineup. Lucky onlookers will have the chance to see growing Scottish superstar KT Tunstall, Boston-based Guster, reggae master Michael Franti, and the former #1 DJ in the world, Paul Oakenfold. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear Guster play “Satellite” and Franti perform “Say Hey.” You never know what Oakenfold will pull out of his hat, and Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry” will set the crowd ablaze. Teton Gravity Research will also be screening their latest film, “Far Out.”

Daily Festivities

Killington Mountain will still be open to the public, so you can spend hours skiing or snowboarding on a slightly modified course. We take alpine skiing very seriously here in the Northeast, which is why there will be fireworks, parades, autograph sessions, and so much more! This event is free, but a limited amount of enhanced viewing tickets are available.

Luxurious Killington Lodging

The Killington Group has a fleet of vacation rentals near the World Cup, so you’ll always be close to all the slalom action. You’ll also be minutes from fine restaurants, skiing hills, and craft breweries near Killington, VT. We still have properties available, ranging from two-bedroom condos to four-bedroom vacation homes. Scroll through our extensive vacation rental list here, or give us a call at 1-802-422-2300.

Best Area Attractions near Killington VT

Whether you’re visiting Killington VT for a summertime mountain biking adventure or a world-class snowy ski trip, you’re going to need one afternoon of leisurely activities to recharge your batteries. Not only is our beautiful slice of New England paradise an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, but the area is home to many popular attractions, especially for history, art, and ice cream fanatics. The Killington Group proudly offers affordable vacation rentals near Killington Mountain, the nation’s first-to-open and last-to-close ski resort. The lush countryside here in Killington VT is beginning to transform into an awe-inspiring, colorful blend, but we can practically already smell winter’s pearly white powder. Take a short break from the mountain this winter with a visit to one of these three area attractions.

Calvin Coolidge Homestead

The Calvin Coolidge Homestead in nearby Plymouth remains one of the most-visited attractions in Vermont. Take a step back in time at the childhood home of the United States’ 30th president. Calvin Coolidge, “Silent Cal,” lived in this home for 11 years before departing for historical Black River Academy in Ludlow. Coolidge was in politics for only 22 years, including his six-year term as President of the United States (1923-1929). He passed away at the age of 60 and is buried down the road inside Plymouth Notch Cemetary. Take a tour through the meticulously-preserved homestead, complete with an informative video. This must-visit attraction is only 15 minutes south of Killington VT.

Ben & Jerry’s Factory

Travel north to Waterbury VT for one of the best factory tours in the world at Ben & Jerry’s. This ice cream giant was founded in the nearby college town of Burlington 40 years ago by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield who originally wanted to start a bagel shop. Burlington residents immediately fell in love with Ben & Jerry’s unique flavor combinations. Ice cream lovers flock to Waterbury year-round to tour the factory and stroll through the Flavor Graveyard. The factory is located 66 miles north of Killington VT.

Simon Pearce Mill

You’ll find one of New England’s hidden gems in the small but beautiful town of Quechee, 26 miles east of Killington VT. Simon Pearce is an Irish-American entrepreneur who opened his first U.S. glassblowing facility in Quechee 37 years ago. Pearce learned his craft in Ireland and now has glass and pottery stores in six states. The Quechee-based Simon Pearce Mill rests on the edge of the beautiful Ottauquechee River near a covered bridge and a dam, which powers the facility. Anyone can stop in the mill to watch professional glassblowers create genuinely stunning works of art.

Killington VT Vacation Rentals

The Killington Group has a large fleet of vacation rentals near the base of Killington Mountain. Whether you’re looking for a romantic condo for two, a family-friendly townhome, or a house that sleeps up to 24, The Killington Group has the perfect match to fit a budget of any size. Book a fall mountain biking adventure before winter arrives by dialing 1-802-422-2300 or visiting KillingtonGroup.com.