Sunday, February 2, 2014

One Year To Go To Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

Today, Colorado celebrated a landmark date: just one year to go before the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek. The two resorts hosted "Countdown 2-15" festivities to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the world’s best skiers return to the Vail Valley.
Beaver Creek’s Countdown 2-15 activities took place on the mountain to represent the 2015 racing component, while the Vail segment was hosted at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village, with timing set to mirror the start of the Championships’ Opening Ceremony.
Both daytime and evening activities drew hundreds of fans as participants had the opportunity to sign a community Good Luck banner for all the 11 Vail Valley athletes that are participating in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The banner will be taken to Sochi by members of the 2015 Organizing Committee.
The evening ceremony also featured the renaming and dedication of Solaris Plaza as Championships Plaza, which will play host to all of the official medals presentations during 2015 World Championships, along with nightly free concerts.
The celebration also included the official debut of the 2015 World Championships mascots and the starting of the World Championships Countdown Clock, which will display the hours, minutes and second remaining until the world returns for the 2015 Championships. The evening concluded with a fireworks show over Vail Mountain.

The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are scheduled from February 2-15. The event is expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, along with an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members. An international television audience approaching 750 million people will watch the two weeks of racing and festivities.
Vail Resorts, the leading mountain resort operator in the United States, operate the mountain resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado.

The tradition of alpine ski racing has been interwoven throughout Vail and Beaver Creek’s history since Vail Mountain opened to the world in 1962. Founded by a ski racer, Vail hosted its first racing event, a U.S. Ski Team training camp, one week after opening.
Since 1983, the Vail Valley has played host to numerous annual World Cup races, including the 1994 and 1997 World Cup Finals. This number has been increased by the ability to hold competitions when other resorts have been forced to cancel their races as the Vail Valley has traditionally come to the aid of the FIS by picking up races from Aspen, Whistler, Park City and Val d’Isere, France.
The 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships firmly established the Vail Valley as "the ski racing capital of North America", generating worldwide awareness for Vail and Beaver Creek. As a result of the 1989 Championships, Vail Associates’ international skier visits jumped from 3-4% to 12% for the winter of 1989-90, while the 1999 Championships generated the largest crowd in U.S. ski racing history and the coming out party for one of the world’s premier downhill courses, paving the way for Vail and Beaver Creek’s successful bid to host the 2015 World Championships.

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