The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in North America at Beaver Creek and Lake Louise. Beaver Creek hosts the Super Combined, Downhill, and Giant Slalom Men events. During the weekend the Ladies’ World Cup Tour continues in Canada. Lake Louise Village, Alberta, will host two Downhills and Super G FIS races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Beaver Creek downhill course has transformed slightly this year, with more turns and without The Screech Owl jump. Miller has commented on the changes this week, saying the new turns make the feel of the course more like a Super G than a downhill, but after Thursday’s training, he said that while different, the course is in no way lacking in difficulty.
Located in Colorado, USA, Beaver Creek is owned and operated by Vail Resorts Management Company, one of the leading resort operators in North America. The Company owns and operates five ski resorts: Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Beaver Creek, located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and Heavenly, which is located on the Lake Tahoe area of California/Nevada. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 790 cm), backed up by a modern snowmaking system (36 % of the marked runs), Beaver Creek guarantees skiing from early November to mid April. 148 trails (19% Beginner, 43% Intermediate, 38% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 1,233 metres. Reminiscent of a secluded European alpine village, Beaver Creek combines the luxury and refinement of a five-star resort with a relaxed, family atmosphere.
The Lake Louise Ski Area hosts, since last week, the 2009 Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup. Located in Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 454 cm), backed up by Canada's largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Louise guarantees skiing from early November to mid May. 139 runs (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 991 metres, Lake Louise offer a wide opportunities for skiers from perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds rated "the best super steeps in the country" (Ski Canada Magazine). The Canadian Ski resort is one of the best options to enjoy magnificent scenery and stunning panoramas.