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March 16, 2018

Sunday River hosting World Pro Ski Tour finals

Photo / Mike Gridley
Photo / Mike Gridley
After winning the World Pro Ski Tour opener at Waterville Valley and competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics, Olympian Nolan Kasper will lead the field at Sunday River during the final competition at the Newry ski resort on March 30 and 31. Kasper captured the $10,000 prize at the first competition at Waterville Valley Resort in February. The races at Sunday River in mark the final event for the World Pro Ski Tour this season.

About the World Pro Ski Tour

The World Pro Ski Tour is an organization dedicated to promoting professional dual alpine ski racing. The tour is lead by the former president of the U.S. Pro Ski Tour, Ed Rogers of Bath, Maine; Craig Marshall of Portland; Kevin Clarke of Fryeburg; Barrett Stein of Tamarack, Idaho; and John Jacobs of Glens Falls, N.Y. The group looks to capitalize on the popularity of the dual format to maintain a full-season tour and offer opportunities for ski racers to earn a living while sharing the excitement of their sport with the public.

For the second year in a row, the World Pro Ski Tour will return to Sunday River for the final competition of the season, the Visit Maine Pro Ski Championship that will be held at the Newry ski resort on March 30-31.

Olympian Nolan Kasper and several other international competitors will compete for the $10,000 cash prize. Entering the championship event, Kasper holds a slim one-point lead over Michael Ankeny for the $5,000 season-long prize.

The weekend event is expected to attract many visitors to watch a competitive field that includes Kasper who competed in the 2017 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, less than a month ago. Kasper will be challenged by 2014 Olympians from Slovakia, Adam Zampa and Andreas Zampa. The two racers each won a silver medal in the 2017 World Championships Dual Team Event.

In total, the field includes more than 30 competitors from across the World Cup and collegiate ranks. The professional dual-alpine ski race format will put the racers side by side on the Monday Mourning course that will be entirely visible from the base area at Barker Mountain. The event will be free and open to the public.

"We are thrilled to be bringing the tour back to Sunday River," said Ed Rogers, president of the World Pro Ski Tour. "The event last year was a big reason we were able to add more locations and races to the tour this season. The business growth we have seen along with the quality of skiers that have competed in the events has made us proud to say the tour is back!"

The World Pro Ski Tour races will be televised on CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, which is available nationally. The Visit Maine Pro Ski Championship will be broadcast on April 15 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The World Pro Ski Tour is supported by premier sponsors Tito's Handmade Vodka, Maine Office of Tourism and Greenhead Lobster, along with many other tour partners.

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