World’s top moguls skiers to compete on Cookshack Saturday
VAIL — Canadian moguls skiers Mikael Kingsbury and Philippe Marquis are among the confirmed athletes who will compete on Vail Mountain’s Cookshack course on Saturday at the Kaiser Permanente Vail Pro Mogul competition.
Kingsbury, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, is the Olympic silver medalist from 2014 and has been the World Cup moguls season title winner for the last four years running.
“This competition just got interesting,” said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail freestyle program director John Dowling on Thursday. “The Cookshack course has never seen this level of talent. I told Philippe the course may be a little easy for him, and he was undaunted by that. He said Mikael and him just wanted to support the event.”
With the cancellation of the Lake Placid World Cup, which was scheduled for Jan. 14, Dowling said more attention from the highest level of competitors turned to this weekend’s event in Vail. In addition to World Cup skiers from the U.S. and Canada, athletes from France and Denmark will also be in attendance this weekend.
A $20,000 prize purse also helped attract some talent.
The pros will have training runs today starting at 11 a.m., and the public is welcome to watch those from Chair 2 or watch from the bottom of the course.
“The training should be a spectacle in itself,” Dowling said.
The weekend-long event will feature a masters-level competition on Sunday, an event in which the community is welcome to join. Dowling said masters-level competitors are 30-plus years of age, and anyone 30 and older is welcome to compete.
“It’s natural course; you don’t have to be schooled in modern moguls with the steep jumps to do it,” he said. “Anybody who feels they could be good at it can get out there and ski it.”
A late afternoon apres barbecue is scheduled to follow the event on Sunday.
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