The World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) will return to the city of Steamboat Springs during Winter Carnival to host its first and second races of the 2021 season at Howelsen Hill. The two separate races, produced exclusively for television, will be held on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8.
The WPST brings some of the world’s fastest professional dual ski racers together each season with Olympians, world champions, NCAA All-Americans and more. The 2021 season marks the return of a new-and-improved Tour, which sparked intense competition between athletes including double Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, world championship silver medalist Phil Brown, and 2020 WPST season champ Rob Cone. The races at Howelsen Hill will provide support to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes, who will have the opportunity to be mentored by pro racers and compete in the Alpine Bank WPST Junior Challenge.
“Steamboat is the perfect place for us to get back to racing,” says Jon Franklin, CEO of the WPST. “COVID-19 continues to present challenges worldwide, but we have a great system in place to keep our athletes and team healthy, including hosting multiple races at each Tour stop, racing without spectators and more.”
The WPST Howelsen Hill race schedule offers:
Feb. 6: Pro Qualifiers & City of Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Cup Race
Feb. 8: Alpine Bank WPST Junior Pro Challenge & Moose Barrows’ Trophy Races
With COVID protocols in place, spectators will not be allowed at the race finish but can watch live on the WPST’s streaming partner, FloLive.tv. Other notable sponsors joining the Tour for the Howelsen Hill events include Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Tuff Shed, and Reven Pharmaceuticals; Alpine Bank is returning as a sponsor of the third annual WPST Junior Pro Challenge. A list of all partners and detailed schedule of events can be found here.
The World Pro Ski Tour is a nationwide tour of events where professional skiers race side by side in a single-elimination format. Prize money and an overall World Pro Tour title attract Olympians and professional skiers from around the world.