When it comes to getting the best seat in the house for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships races in Vail and Beaver Creek, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg or a second mortgage on your home.
In fact, it won’t cost you a thing as organizers have made the decision to provide spectator access to the Championships’ men’s and women’s competitions free of charge. The Vail and Beaver Creek finish stadiums will be filled on a first come, first served basis, with standing areas also extending up alongside the race courses from the stadium.
"Providing free spectator access to the races has been a part of our overall plan since winning the Championships", explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 Organizing Committee. "One of the original goals that we set for ourselves as an organizing committee was to make these Championships as easily accessible as possible to promote the sport of skiing as widely as possible".
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.