Young New England Stars On Display At U.S. Ski Championships

Sam Morse, Carrabassett Valley native, winner of the FIS Junior World Downhill Championships in Are, Sweden, after a race at the U.S. National Championships in Maine this week. Photo by Fred Bever for Maine Public

After a dismal, nearly snowless winter last year, New England’s ski resorts are winding up a much better season. And some of its young ​athletes are having ​a pretty good​ run too. Maine Public’s Fred Bever attended the U.S. Championships at Maine’s Sugarloaf resort.

The season got a monster start right out of the gate, when Vermont’s Killington Ski Resort attracted the region’s first World Cup event in a quarter-century.

More than 10,000 spectators showed up, many of them to see Olympic and World Cup winner Mikaela​ Shiffrin, a graduate of Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, race in the women’s slalom.

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