While the FIS Alpine World Cup tour recently announced it will not come to North America this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Pro Ski Tour still plans to roll out a schedule of events in the United States.
According to World Pro Ski Tour CEO Jon J. Franklin, the tour is looking at multiple scenarios to provide top ski racers, such as two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, an opportunity to showcase ski racing in America.
“Our Tour is more nimble and able to pivot to the evolving COVID-19 landscape here in the U.S.,” said Franklin. “We’re confident that we will have a North American schedule of events and plan to announce as we get closer to the season when we have a handle on all the variables our global situation presents.”
The World Pro Ski Tour is planning to run a season with as many as eight races, including an end-of-season World Professional Ski Championships. The tour has a dynamic media schedule in place that will bring competition and feature content to CBS Sports Network and streaming platforms, as well as an original docuseries that follows the tour and appears on NBC Regional Sports affiliates, Outside TV, AT&T and more.
“With many live sports facing major cancellations this season, the World Pro Ski Tour is excited to move forward and offer the most exciting form of ski racing to spectators around the globe,” says Franklin.
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. On-site spectators and TV viewers can watch all stops on the tour in an exciting and easy to understand format. All events will respect COVID-19 guidelines as promulgated by international and local health authorities.