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Prepare for professional skiing at Bear Valley

Olympic, professional and collegiate skiers from around the globe will be coming to the 209 when the World Pro Ski Tour (WPST) makes a pit stop at the Skyline Bear Valley Resort in Bear Valley. The two-day event – which will take place from Saturday, Feb 11. to Sunday, Feb. 12 – will be the first professional event hosted by the venue since the early 1970s.

“The mountain crew at Bear Valley is building two racecourses on a run known as Feather Duster. Creating a world class race run begins months ahead of the race. Bear Valley crews are already trimming foliage, grooming, and making snow,” the organization shared in a press release. “Snowcats will coax the snow into rolls and jumps that shape the terrain and make downhill races so difficult. This landscaping also requires Forest Service approval and under their watchful eye, the runs will be carefully tended all the way to race weekend.”

Jon J. Franklin, CEO of the WPST, explained that a major reason why the organization decided to return to Skyline Bear Valley Resort and Lodge was the incredible scenery of the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains.

“When we saw Bear Valley this summer, we were blown away by the vertical runs, the 360 views at the top and the professionalism of the staff,” Franklin said. “We are so excited to be back at Bear Valley which was always a highlight of the venues on the historic Pro Tour.”

The World Pro Ski Tour is a nationwide tour of four events for both men and women. The professional skiers race side-by-side in a single elimination format. Prize money and an overall World Pro Ski Tour title has attracted skiers from around the world in years past, most notably Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd, gold medalist Jean Claude Killy, and gold and silver medalists Phil & Steve Mahre.

On top of being able to get an up close look at the latest generation of skiing superstars, there are also opportunities to get on TV, as the event will be subject to a replay broadcast on CBS Sports Network a week later. Additionally, the organization’s reality show and docuseries, “Life In Between the Gates,” airs on NBC Sports, Amazon Prime, OutsideTv, AT&T Sports and other streaming services two weeks after the event.

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