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Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey ready for World Cup


BEAVER CREEK – It’s full speed ahead for the FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week at Beaver Creek as FIS snow control inspector Bob Dart gave organizers the green light Friday for the 2010 edition of racing.

“Our partners at Vail Resorts have certainly made the most of the temperatures Mother Nature has provided,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Thanks to the favorable snowmaking conditions and the natural snow we have received, everything is not only on track for a great weekend of racing at the Audi FIS Birds of Prey, but also for a great start to the ski season for everyone.”

Beaver Creek Mountain, which has received more than 2 feet of snow in the past week, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, while Vail Mountain fired up the lifts Friday

“We’re in the best shape on snow control day in years,” said chief of course Greg Johnson.

The FIS sends snow control inspectors to World Cup sites in advance of the competitions to ensure that good racecourse conditions exist or that the weather forecast is favorable for snowmaking.

The 2010 FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week gets under way Dec. 1 with downhill training. Competition kicks off Dec. 3 with the traditional Birds of Prey downhill, followed by super-G on Dec. 4. The weekend’s racing will conclude with giant slalom on Dec. 5.

The 2010 FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week at Beaver Creek is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Birds of Prey, visit For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, check out

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