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On Nov. 24 the ski season gets a kick start (literally) with the first downhill event of the 2018-’19 Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Lake Louise, Alberta. There’s no better way to get stoked for skiing than by watching the world’s best skiers send it down 800 vertical meters of ice at speeds up to 130 kilometers per hour (that’s ‘aboot’ 2,600 feet and 80 mph). U.S. Ski Team veterans Ted Ligety, Steven Nyman, and Travis Ganong will hurl themselves downhill in hopes of finishing in the top 30 to collect their first FIS points of the season. The U.S. women won’t be far behind, with A Team members Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Alice McKennis, Jacqueline Wiles, and Laurenne Ross starting in the Lake Louise Ladies Downhill on Nov. 30 and Super G the next day.
Not content standing on the sidelines or watching from the couch? Join the pros on the slopes. Lake Louise and Banff Sunshine plan to start spinning lifts on Nov. 9. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Banff Craft Beer festival happening Nov. 22 to 24. Who needs Thanksgiving football when you can watch World Cup skiing and drink fancy beers?
Lake Louise World Cup By the Numbers
- 173 million people: Tuning in from the couch.
- 1.86 miles: Length of the Downhill Course
- 43.76 seconds: Winning time on last year’s course.
Originally published in the November 2018 issue of SKI Magazine.