THE HISTORY OF
THE WORLD PRO SKI TOUR
WHERE WE’VE BEEN & WHERE
IMPORTANT SPORT WITH LEGENDARY HISTORY, RECORD SETTING ATHLETES & ICONIC CHARACTERS
Formation of the ISRA (International Ski Racer Association) by renowned coach Bob Beattie.
Initiation of dual format racing as World Pro Skiing. Number of US Ski Team athletes and Europeans make the transition.
Olympic Silver Medalist Billy Kidd becomes World FIS Champion and WPST Champion in the same season.
Triple Olympic Gold Medalist Jean Claude Killy earns WPS Tour Championship Title after a season long battle with American US Ski Team rebel Spider Sabich.
Andre Arnold, Otto Tschudi, Franz Weber, Hansi Hinterseer and others achieve success on the World Pro Skiing Tour. In the late 1980’s, Olympic Gold and Silver Medalists Phil & Steve Mahre, Austrian stars Bernhard Knauss, Norwegian, French, Suisse Olympic medalists and World Cup athletes join up to compete in head-to-head format on the US Pro Ski Tour, attracting thousands of spectators at prestigious North American resorts, Japan and South America.
Dual format Pro skiing attracts sponsors such as Chrysler, Coors, reaching millions of viewers via networks such as ESPN and NBC.
Ed Rogers brings back WPST with new sponsorship, broadcasting on CBS Sports Network. Tour attracts top North American competitors, gaining attention by providing an additional discipline for athletes and the most engaging format for spectators.
2019-2020 – A re-energized tour backed by Dan Leever (and other investors) and managed by former IMG Winter Sports Chief, Jon J Franklin take to the slopes with new sponsors and modern social media and television content exploitation. Once again top ski stars join the World Pro Ski Tour.