Only Chance to See this Race in California in 2023
The World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) has chosen Skyline Bear Valley Resort for their only California Tour stop. Four races (2 mens’ and 2 womens’) will be held February 11 and 12, 2023 and attracts skiers from 15 countries including former and current NCAA, World Cup and Olympic athletes. Dual Slalom and Dual Giant Slalom Races for both men and women award $500,000 in prize money though the course of the WPST season.
The mountain crew at Bear Valley is building two racecourses on a run known as Feather Duster. Creating a world class race run begins months ahead of the race. Bear Valley crews are already trimming foliage, grooming, and making snow. Snowcats will coax the snow into rolls and jumps that shape the terrain and make downhill races so difficult. This landscaping also requires Forest Service approval and under their watchful eye, the runs will be carefully tended all the way to race weekend.
Bear Valley has not hosted a professional ski race in decades. In the late 1960s and 70s, the mountain was well known for its celebrity Pro/Ams, some put on by movie legend Lloyd Bridges.
“When we saw Bear Valley this summer, we were blown away by the vertical runs, the 360 views at the top and the professionalism of the staff,” commented Jon J. Franklin, CEO of the WPST. “We are so excited to be back at Bear Valley which was always a highlight of the venues on the historic Pro Tour.”
The World Pro Ski Tour is broadcast on CBS Sports, FloLive.TV, FacebookLive and more, while a syndicated docuseries “Life In Between the Gates,” airs on NBC Sports, Amazon Prime, OutsideTv, AT&T Sports and more.
Martin Huberty of the Calaveras Chamber of Commerce and the Calaveras Visitors Bureau said, “It is hugely exciting that Bear Valley will once again be hosting a world class event. The amount of national and international media exposure the Highway 4 corridor will receive is priceless. We look forward to hosting the athletes, spectators, and support staff with whatever they need; this is a win/win for all involved.”
The resort will be open for skiing and spectators. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Visit bearvalley.com to get the latest information.
Skyline Bear Valley Resort and Lodge is located in California on scenic Highway 4 in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, 3 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Bear Valley Resort and Lodge operate under special use permit of the US National Forest Service.
About the World Pro Ski Tour
The World Pro Ski Tour is a nationwide tour of events for men and women where professional skiers race side-by-side in a single elimination format. Prize money and an overall World Pro Ski Tour title attract Olympians and professional skiers from around the world. On-site spectators and TV viewers can watch all stops on the Tour in an exciting and easy to understand format. More information on the World Pro Ski Tour and all its partners can be found at http://worldproskitour.com
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