Beaver Creek course gets positive review from FIS |

Beaver Creek course gets positive review from FIS

Vail Daily staff report
Julia Mancuso makes her way down the new World Cup Raptor downhill course at Beaver Creek during training in November.
Justin McCarty/Vail Daily |

BEAVER CREEK — With the clock ticking toward the start of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, the final spring technical inspections and coordination group meetings were held on site.

Just after the conclusion of the FIS Alpine World Cup season, the official technical inspections were carried out by the FIS race directors led by Atle Skaardal and new men’s race director Markus Waldner. An intensive few days involved inspecting the men’s Birds of Prey and women’s Raptor courses as well as looking into the organizational plans.

The technical officials came away from their meetings and venue tours on a positive note. Earlier in the season, the new women’s downhill course, Raptor, debuted to rave reviews from the athletes. The men have also said that the Birds of Prey downhill course is one of the highlights of the World Cup season.

“We have had a great debut on the ladies’ Raptor and are looking forward to seeing it in action again in the next season. We will then finalize the last details before the 2015 World Championships get underway,” Skaardal said.

“After inspecting the 2015 World Championship courses, we are extremely happy with the current situation and can feel confident that with the experienced organizing team the championships will be a top event,” Waldner said.

The technical inspections were followed this week by the coordination group meeting in Vail and Beaver Creek. The meeting included representatives from the 2017 Organizing Committee, FIS, USSA, the European Broadcast Union and its commercial partner, Tridem.

With the countdown clock now below the 300-day mark before the World Championships begin Feb. 2, the organizers and FIS have turned the focus to fine tuning on the technical side and to promoting elements of the championships.

“The organizers are preparing a full program of free entertainment to make sure that the visitors and fans both from Colorado, the United States and the rest of the world that travel to visit the championships will have a memorable stay and enjoy not just the outstanding competitions these courses and organization are sure to provide, but the Vail Valley and Rocky Mountain region,” said FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis.

The final inspection and coordination group meeting prior to the World Championships will take place in the fall to ensure the site is fully operational before the world descends on Vail Valley in February.

The FIS Alpine Ski World Championships will be held from Feb. 2-15. The championships will get underway with the opening ceremony at the Golden Peak in Vail on Feb. 2. Side events in both Vail and Beaver Creek are planned throughout the championships and include nightly events on a medals plaza in Vail. For more information on the championships, visit

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