Vail forming bid for 2013 world championships
VAIL Work has begun to bring one of skiings biggest events back to Eagle County.The Vail Valley Foundation is working on a potential bid for the 2013 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Alpine Ski Championships for Vail and Beaver Creek.Basically, its a situation of were doing our homework to make sure that this is something the valley wants, said John Dakin, vice president of communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.The two-week championships could bring more than 800 athletes, 1,800 members of the media and international television coverage to the valley, according to the foundation.Vail and Beaver Creek hosted the championships in 1989 and 1999.The foundation will meet with the Vail Town Council on Tuesday to ask for the towns support. The foundation also has started talking to Vail Resorts, which operates the mountains, Dakin said. The foundation wants both mountains to host events, he said.Spokeswomen for Vail and Beaver Creek declined comment Friday.A bid would have to get the nod from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Dakin said.The championships havent been in North America since Vail hosted them in 1999.Rod Slifer, mayor of Vail, said hes on board for a bid.Im very much in favor of pursuing it, he said. It just kind of puts you on the map as not only a great place for people to ski of all abilities but also a place that has the terrain thats capable of holding world championships.Putting on the event also brings the community together, Slifer said.Buzz Schleper, owner of Buzzs Ski Shop in Vail Village, said the events attract international skiers to Vail.If I was going to Europe, I would go to an area that I know hosted the World Championships, he said.His daughter, World Cup ski racing star Sarah Schleper, will be retired by 2013, he said. But the Schleper clan could still be represented, he said.Hopefully Hunter, my youngest, will have a shot at that one, he said.The eventual selection of a site will be made next spring at the FIS Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. If Vail is in the running, a local delegation would travel there to lobby for selection.In 2004, Vail and Beaver Creek made an unsuccessful triple bid for the 2009 alpine, snowboard and freestyle world championships. There was no local bid for the 2011 championships.
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