Ski fans revel in World Cup excitement

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KILLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The sun shined on the thousands of fans from our region and beyond who made it out to Killington Saturday to witness, first hand, the best female skiers in the world in action.

"We have girls representing twenty one different countries here today so there's people from everywhere," said Kristel Fillmore of Killington.

Andrew Arsenault made the eight hour trip from Canada to cheer on the skiers from his home county in Vermont.

"This is awesome. We got seven racers today and they are skiing well, it's awesome to see," said Arsenault.

That excitement was seen all over the mountain as fans were into the action all day chanting and cheering.

If skiing wasn't a top priority for the spectators. There were dozens of vendors who sold merchandise and gave away prizes in the carnival like atmosphere. But most people WCAX talked with were there to there to see fan favorite and Burke Mountain Academy graduate, Mikaela Shiffrin.

With this event being an international spectacle, there was added security to ensure safety for everyone on the mountain. Law enforcement officials told us that there was a state and federal presence to make sure the races went smoothly.

"There's absolutely more security. We're in a time where security is a really important aspect of an event on this size," said Fillmore.

This is the second year in a row that the World Cup has come to Killington, putting Vermont's ski industry on the international stage. Killington says Thanksgiving weekend is already a busy weekend for them, adding the World Cup doesn't hurt as they are already planning next year's event.