World Cup ski racing returns to Panorama for first time since 1992
CALGARY, AB (November 18th, 2007) – World Cup ski racing is returning to Panorama Mountain Village for the first time in 15 years after the International Ski Federation gave the go-ahead Sunday to stage Ladies technical races next weekend.
“TELUS presents the Panorama World Cup” includes the TELUS Panorama Giant Slalom next Saturday followed by the TELUS Panorama Slalom race on Sunday.
“The volunteers are to be congratulated for their effort in preparing the course for World Cup racing a week from now. The course is in very good condition and will provide a fair challenge to the world’s best ski racers,” said John Cassels, Alpine Canada Alpin Director of World Cup Events.
It is estimated that 25 centimetres of snow has fallen at the resort in the last 72 hours with over 70 cm of snow falling thus far this season.
CBC will be televising the “TELUS presents the Panorama World Cup” nationally in Canada while it is estimated the races will reach more than 140 million viewers worldwide through the international television media that attend.
The Town of Invermere will also host “TELUS presents Light Up the Night,” a special event getting underway Saturday at 6 p.m. that will include the Parade of Nations, athlete bib draw as well as a tree lighting ceremony and capped off with a display of fireworks.
Panorama has played host to World Cup ski racing in 1985, 1989 and 1992. The last World Cup race held at the resort was a Ladies Super G on March 15th, 1992 in which Canada’s Kerrin Lee-Gartner finished in second place.
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