Saturday, April 19, 2014

Technical Inspection and Coordination Group Meeting in Vail-Beaver Creek

With the clock ticking towards the start of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 in Vail-Beaver Creek (USA), the final spring technical inspections and Coordination Group meeting 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 ladies Raptor courses as well as looking into the sport organisational plans.
The technical officials came away from their meetings and venue tours on a positive note. Already earlier in the season, the new ladies’ downhill course, ‘The Raptor’ debuted to rave reviews from the athletes. The men have also always said that the famed ‘Birds of Prey’ downhill course is one of the highlights of the World Cup season.
Atle Skaardal commented: "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 finalise the last details before the 2015 World Championships get underway". Markus Waldner added: "After inspecting the 2015 World Championship courses, we are extremely happy with the current situation and can feel confident that with the experienced Organising Team the Championships will be a top event!".
The technical inspections have been followed up this week with the Coordination Group meeting in Vail and Beaver Creek. Present are representatives from the 2017 Organising 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 on 2nd February, the Organisers and FIS have turned the focus on the fine tuning on the technical side and the promotional elements of the Championships.
FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis commented: "The Organisers are preparing a full programme 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 organisation are sure to provide, but the Vail Valley and Rocky Mountain region".
The final inspection and Coordination Group meeting prior to the World Championships will take place this Autumn to ensure the site is fully operational before the world descends on Vail Valley in February.
The FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2015 will be held from 2th-15th February. The Championships will get underway with the Opening Ceremony at the Golden Peak Stadium in Vail.
Since the inception of Vail and Beaver Creek’s World Cup tradition in 1967, the Vail Valley Foundation, in conjunction with Vail Resorts, has played an integral role in the organization and hosting of events that have come to be viewed as some of the best competitions held annually throughout the world.
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.
Vail Resorts, the leading mountain resort operator in the United States, operate the mountain resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado.

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