FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE WORLD PRO SKI TOUR AND THE BOB BEATTIE SKI FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
June 1, 2019 – Aspen and Denver, CO – The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation and the World Pro Ski Tour jointly announce a strategic alliance to reenergize, revitalize and globally re-engage professional, dual format ski racing. The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports dual racing as created by iconic ski coach, Bob Beattie, has partnered in the World Pro Ski Tour relaunch through an ownership investment via donor campaign. The campaign will run through July 31, 2019 with a goal to raise $200,000 in contributions to support the World Pro Ski Tour.
Bob Beattie created the original World Pro Skiing Tour in 1969, devising a format in which racers skied side-by-side in parallel set courses in a single elimination bracket system. Famous U.S. Olympians of the day, Billy Kidd and Spider Sabich, were among the first Tour champions. Later, triple Olympic gold medalist, Jean Claude Killy and other top racers joined the Tour. World Pro Skiing spanned the globe in the 1970’s and 80’s, offering significant prize money and television exposure to professional ski racers, who attracted a loyal fanbase with their world class athleticism and charisma. With the endorsement and support of the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation, the new era of the World Pro Ski Tour realigns with the goals and spirit of Bob Beattie’s tour.
“Beattie crafted the most exciting ski racing format for fans, which was his focus,” said Mike Hundert, Chairman of the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation. “The head-to-head format was perfect for television which in turn provided massive exposure and countless followers. Our support of the WPST brings pro ski racing back full circle and serves to cement Beattie’s remarkable legacy.”
The newly restructured World Pro Ski Tour will expand upon the Beattie legacy by offering professional skiers another forum for competition. Under the direction of newly minted CEO, Jon J. Franklin, the Tour is planning more annual races, expanded television coverage and amplified sponsorship opportunities.
“We are setting the stage for incredible events and prize money that will make dual-format pro ski racing a viable career for young athletes,” said Dan Leever, Chairman of the newly restructured World Pro Ski Tour.
In partnering with the World Pro Ski Tour, the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation will also expand their support of youth programs as part of their mission to make skiing more affordable, accessible and to grow the sport. The World Pro Ski Tour and sponsor partner, Alpine Bank, offer the “Kids’ Dual Challenge,” as an element of Tour stops with scholarship awards for participating junior racers. The synergies of the World Pro Ski Tour and Bob Beattie Ski Foundation initiatives will serve to strengthen youth skiing opportunities now and beyond.
“We owe it to Bob to carry it forward to a new generation and provide an opportunity for today’s young ski racers that will sustain a remarkable discipline,” says Billy Kidd, World Pro Skiing Champion and Olympic medalist. “This is the greatest opportunity for the skiers of the future to make a living at their sport.”
To participate in the revitalization of pro ski racing, visit: https://bobbeattie.org/donate
About the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation
The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for expanding affordable access to skiing and ski racing. As a part of their programming, the BBSF supports youth skiing via scholarships, as well as the growth of ski racing from the junior to professional levels. The BBSF puts emphasis on the dual-racing, head-to-head format as made famous by Bob Beattie in the late 1960’s. More information about the Bob Beattie Ski Foundation is at: https://bobbeattie.org
About the World Pro Ski Tour
The World Pro Ski Tour is a nationwide tour of events where professional skiers race side-by-side in a single elimination format. Prize money and an overall World Pro Tour title attract Olympians and professional skiers from around the world. On-site spectators and TV viewers can watch all stops on the Tour in an exciting and easy to understand format. More information about the World Pro Ski Tour is available at https://worldproskitour.com