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Going for Gold

The world's top women ski racers descend on Killington this month to strut their slalom style.

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Admittedly, the sound of cowbells is not heard nearly enough at U.S. ski resorts. But this month, for the second consecutive season, they will ring loud and clear at Killington, Vermont, as the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup returns to the resort on November 24. The Giant Slalom and Slalom races are run on the Superstar trail on Saturday and Sunday, and spectators should expect to see all the female stars of the U.S. Ski Team—Vonn, Shiffrin, Mancuso, Stiegler, and more. Last year 30,000 people showed up, and just as many, if not more, are expected this year to see if Shiffrin will hang onto her Slalom crown.

But it’s not just a ski race. The event consists of three days of partying—concerts, ski movies (including the premiere of Warren Miller’s Line of Descent), parades, athlete cameos, and all sorts of shenanigans going off in the Festival Village. There’s ticketed seating in the Grandstand and VIP areas, but anyone can watch from the free viewing platforms and on the two jumbo screens. Consider making the trip. No matter where you’re coming from, it’s closer than traveling to PyeongChang, South Korea, to see these super-rippers in action at February’s Olympic Winter Games. Just don’t forget your cowbells.