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6 Can't Miss Après Ski Events During the Homelight Killington Cup

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6 Can't Miss Après Ski Events During the Homelight Killington Cup

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I'm not sure that anyone saw this kind of success coming when it was first announced a few years back that Kllington would be hosting the FIS World Cup. Why would they? There hadn't been a World Cup ski race prior to 2016 on the east coast in roughly 20+ years. However, a supremely passionate fan base coupled with Killington's ability to over deliver on every aspect of this event has made it into a Thanksgiving weekend staple. So much so, that the FIS World Cup is back again for the 2019 season and locked up through 2020. Pretty impressive stuff that if you've been, you'd completely understand why.

The Homelight Killington Cup is More Than a Ski Race

What is now dubbed the Homelight Killington Cup is a weekend-long spectacle of events that goes far beyond the race itself. Don't get me wrong, the athletes are incredible to watch. They are absolute technicians at their craft, slicing down the mountain making turns at speeds average humans would only dream of. The atmosphere for this is straight up electric and carries over to what goes on when the race is over. The après ski race, so to speak. 

Killington has some of the best après ski in all of Vermont. This year, Killington has literally brought post race entertainment component home and with concerts, premiers and parties each day featuring some home grown talent, the Green Mountains have to offer. Headed up to The Beast of the East this weekend for the FIS World Cup? Here are five can't miss events to take in once the racers cross the finish line and the night lights up with all kinds of fun.

1. Recycled Percussion Concert Followed by the Premier of TGR Winterland

Recycled Percussion

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If you're rolling into town on Friday, like I imagine most are, there are plenty of activities taking place throughout the day, including autograph signings and the opening of the festival village. I suggest taking it easy and grabbing a few beers and wandering around the village while you listen to the unique stylings of the New Hampshire based band Recycled Percussion.

When they are done blowing your mind with their banging array of percussion based music head right on over to the Snowshed Base lodge for the premier of Teton Gravity Research's Winterland. The world's best big mountain skiers absolutely rip in TGR's newest winter installment. They shred the biggest, gnarliest lines around the world and it will put you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the weekend. 

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2. DJ Logic Laying the Beats for the Free Grace Potter Concert

Grace Potter

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DJ Logic will be spinning tunes between runs all day Saturday, getting you amped for the race but don't go shuffling off in your ski boots when that's done. As I mentioned earlier, Killington literally brought it home this year with the entertainment and I meant it. Saturday, Vermont's own Grace Potter is the first half of the Green State installment to take the stage.

This Mad River Valley born star is back in a big way. With a new album entitled Daylight and an anthology of roots rock music to play, she is guaranteed to deliver the headlining show you are looking for. 

3. World Cup Après Party at The Pickle Barrel 

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The Pickle Barrel is one of the best après ski bars in the United States and Saturday, along with The Kelly Brush Foundation, they are throwing an après party for a great cause. If you don't know Kelly Brush's story, you must read it. After a freak ski accident cut her career short and left Brush in a wheelchair, the hard charging attitude that she was known for on the slopes has continued to define her life. Now, by example, she is empowering those with spinal cord injuries to continue to live an active lifestyle. Be sure to get out and support her cause at, what is sure to be, a fun and gratifying après ski party. 

4. A Movie Premier as Timeless as Winter

Just like the enduring passion of the east coast skier that will be on display at this weekend's race so too will their eternal love of winter. There is no better example of this deep affection than a Warren Miller movie and its annual premier. You can and should experience this first hand on Saturday when the 70th, yes 70th, Warren Miller film, Timeless premiers in the Snowshed Lodge. Ski industry greats such as Marcus Caston, Amie Engerbretson and even Glen Plake join newbies such as Jackson Hole's Queen of Corbet's, Caite Zelif to travel to far out reaches of the globe to shred. And with Jonny Moseley back narrating, you know the stoke level will be at an all time high for this, more than worthy, night cap.  

5. Bonus Party Just Added at the Wobbly Barn

No Killington weekend is complete with a trip to the famed Wobbly Barn. Recently named as one of USA Today's Top 5 Après Ski Bars, they too will be getting in on the post race party action. Finish up with that Timeless premier and immediately head down the access road on Saturday night to the Wobbly Barn. There you are sure to find a packed house and the barn actually wobbling when Pulse and DJ Logic take the stage and play until closing. And if you just so happen to skip the movie, you can certainly head over early when the steakhouse opens at 4 and local legend Rick Redington and the Luv start jamming leading you right into the late night jams. 

6. Two Times the Twiddle

Twiddle

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Vermont's own, Twiddle, is the second installment of bands hailing from the Green Mountain State headlining the free concerts in the K-1 Base area. Admittedly, I am not a jam band kind of guy, but having had the opportunity to see Twiddle play two winters ago when they headlined the Vermont Open at Stratton, I can honestly say that the love that the peeps from Vermont give them is worth it. Twiddle is good, really good, and fortunately for you, they are playing twice on Sunday. First, check them out for free following Run 1 at the festival village. Then again later when Whistlepig presents the World Cup Finale at The Pickle Barrel. The best part, aside from the music of course, is that since Whistlepig is the sponsor, you know there will be some tasty whiskey cocktails ready and waiting for you that night. Now that's how you finish an amazing weekend at The Homelight Killington Cup. 

For a complete list of the weekend's events including times and locations be sure to visit The Homelight Cup


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