For Immediate Release:
WATERVILLE VALLEY, New Hampshire (February 11, 2019) – Phil Brown, age 27, of the Canadian Ski Team, won Sunday’s World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) race at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire edging out Michael Ankeny, age 28, of the U.S. Ski Team. Third and fourth place went to Robert Cone, age 27, of Killington, VT, and Kei Kullberg, age 23, of Cornwall, NY.
The White Mountain Dual Challenge was the second stop of the World Pro Ski Tour featuring 32 ski racers from around the U.S., Canada, Russia, Sweden, and France. Olympian, and 2018 World Pro Ski Tour Overall Champion, Nolan Kasper, age 29, of Warren, VT, finished in the final round of eight. Gabriel Coulet, age 35, from Chamonix, FRA, Jack Schibli, age 23, of Charlotte, VT, Alex Tarberry, age 35, of North Conway, NH rounded out the field of athletes.
The WPST format is different than your average ski race, with a field of Olympians, National Champions, and NCAA Champions facing off side-by-side in a dual slalom course, with three pro-jumps making for an action packed event.
Brown won a Silver Medal at the 2015 World Championships in Vail, Colorado and is a member of the Canadian Ski Team. “I am super stoked to leave Waterville Valley with my first Pro Tour victory. The race was wild with three big jumps, icy conditions and a challenging set. There was a lot of action especially in the early rounds. Anything could happen and you needed to stay focused right to the finish.”
“Unfortunately I wasn’t selected by the Canadian team to compete at the FIS World Championships in Sweden, so being able to come back to North America and compete in the WPST has been an amazing opportunity. I am having so much fun skiing this format and competing against these athletes. WPST definitely does a great job at making ski racing fun - which is most important!”
The next stop for the tour is Steamboat Springs, Colorado, February 28th - March 2nd, and the final race of the series will be held at Sunday River, Maine, March 28 - 30th. The event will be televised in March on CBS Sports Network. Check your local listings for times. For more information visit http://www.worldproskitour.com.
About Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley is a four-season resort set on 540 private acres surrounded by 360° of National Forest. Sitting atop the 4,004-foot Mt. Tecumseh, “New Hampshire’s Family Resort” features 265 acres of skiable terrain, a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 62 trails, 11 lifts, and 74k of groomed Nordic terrain nestled in the valley below. Shuttles provide easy access to year-round events, shopping, and dining in the Town Square as well as a variety of lodging options, including country inns, condominiums, and all-suite hotels. This year Waterville Valley Resort continues on Phase II of a multi-year capital improvement and expansion project. For more information, visit waterville.com
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