“After putting this event on hold the last two seasons, Taos is thrilled to welcome the World Pro Ski Tour back,” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley. Professional skiers, World Cup athletes, and Olympians are now set to compete in the World Pro Ski Tour World Championship hosted by Taos Ski Valley in April.
CEO of World Pro Ski Tour, Jon Franklin, is looking forward to the favorable ski conditions of the steep mountain in spring, “Taos has some of the best terrain in North America and has a history of deep spring snow under sunny skies,” Franklin said.
The historic event fizzled out by 1999 but has been resurrected through the sponsorship of Rocket Mortgage and the media partnership with CBS Sports Network and Amazon’s Prime Video. Bob Beattie, former Head Alpine Ski Coach for the United States Ski Team and skiing promoter and commentator, started the event in 1969.
The concept was to pit two racers against each other on parallel super-slalom type courses in a single elimination format. All time greats, Jean-Claude Killy and Jean-Noël Augert, have competed in this event. Historically women have not been included as competitors. Monique St. Pierre, 1980’s Playmate of the Year, did host one of their Michelob Light races of the same year.
This year (April 7-10, 2022) will be the first year the race will include both men’s and women’s races. It will feature eleven races total; 8 men’s events and 3 women’s events. On the women’s side, expected to compete are two-time Olympians, Alice McKennis and Laurenne Ross, U.S Ski Team alum and NCAA Giant Slalom champion, Lindsey Cone, and Canadian Olympian, Anna Goodman. The men’s tour features two-time Olympic gold medalist, Ted Ligety, reigning National Parallel Champion, Garret Driller, two-time WPST Overall Champion, Rob Cone. Information about tickets, spectator events, and other details will be posted in the coming months.