What may possibly be the biggest ski party to at any time grace the slopes of Granby Ranch arrives at the ski vacation resort next month.
Granby Ranch will be a person of 4 stops on the Environment Pro Ski Tour, in accordance to the program announced Wednesday. The tour begins Dec. 10-12 in Aspen, stopping Dec. 17-19 in Granby Ranch and Feb. 13-15 at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
The championships will be held in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, with dates to be introduced.
“We are honored to host it,” explained Andy Wirth, CEO of Ridgeline Executive Team, the enterprise that manages ski functions Granby Ranch. “We are honored to be in a area to join the likes of Taos, Aspen and Steamboat. This minimal mountain with a big heart, Granby Ranch, is now standing in line with some of the terrific ski resorts in North The united states.”
Environment Professional Ski Tour features a twin format of alpine ski racing, exactly where two skiers race down the mountain side by side. Each prevent on the tour will host two or three independent races, wherever athletes race every single other in a single-elimination, bracket-design competitors with an pleasure akin to drag racing on snow, according to organizers.
Wirth stated that the competitiveness would just take spot on the ski resort’s west mountain. He additional that Granby Ranch expended the summer months investing hundreds of thousands of pounds into upgrading its snowmaking equipment.
Granby Ranch’s west mountain offers additional highly developed and professional terrain with steeper pitches, but typically opened afterwards in the period than the additional newbie-pleasant east mountain due to a lack of protection.
Wirth saw that introducing additional snowmaking to the west mountain would pull some of the need off the other raise early in the ski time, but also offer an prospect to make that terrain into a race coaching and race location.
With these improvements, Wirth wanted to see if there was any interest in hosting situations on the mountain. He invited some good friends from the ski industry to a web-site check out, including Jon Franklin, CEO of the Winter Professional Ski Tour.
“He did not just say of course, he reported heck sure,” Wirth explained.
Two-time Olympians Alice McKennis and Laurenne Ross, Canadian Olympian Anna Goodman, and US Ski Team alum and NCAA Large Slalom winner Lindsey Cone are envisioned to contend in the Environment Professional Ski Tour.
The men’s competition will include two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, National Parallel Champion Garret Driller and two-time Planet Pro Ski Tour All round Winner Rob Cone.
Wirth was pretty specific that this would be the largest ski celebration to at any time choose put at Granby Ranch, and additional that brand name new and lifelong skiers alike would appreciate seeing the uniquely formatted occasion.
“It’s also a group occasion, and we hope folks come out to just take it all in,” he said.
In accordance to organizers, the Environment Professional Ski Tour is considered by thousands and thousands and broadcasted on the CBS Sports Network and reside on Flolive.television. Much more specifics on the tour timetable will be introduced in the coming weeks.