Tuesday, July 15, 2014

News From Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

FIS Finalizes 2015 World Chamiponships Competition Schedule

The competition schedule for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek is now set as the International Ski Federation (FIS) recently made final changes to the slate of Championships race events during their biennial Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
In addition, the international governing body also finalized start times for the individual races, as well as the Downhill training runs.
"The major change to our schedule was switching the Men’s and Ladies’ Super Combined dates", explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. "The change was made in order to help ensure that we have the best possible course conditions for both men and women for these events (...) The switch means that the men’s Super Combined will now be run on February 8, while the Ladies will have their event on February 9".
The opening race of the 2015 World Championships will take place on February 3 with Ladies’ Super-G, while the Men’s Slalom will bring down the curtain on the Championships on February 15. All races are free to the public with stadium seating/standing areas filled on a first come, first served basis.
"Ski racing fans can ill afford to miss the 2015 World Championships", Folz added. "The U.S. Ski Team will certainly be in the medal hunt and all the races are free. It doesn’t get much better than that".
The speed events of Downhill, Super-G and Super Combined will take center stage during the first week of competition, while the technical events of Giant Slalom, Slalom and the Nations Team Event, a parallel Giant Slalom format, will occupy the second week.

Construction of New Beaver Creek Combo Lift Well Underway

Out with the old and in with the new. Construction is well underway in Beaver Creek this summer as the resort replaces the Centennial Express Lift with a new high-speed, state-of-the-art combination lift for the 2014-15 ski season and the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The first ever of its kind and the longest ever installed by Doppelmayr, Beaver Creek’s unique combination lift configuration includes a series of six-passenger chairs alternating with 10-person gondola cabins. Skiers and snowboarders will have the option of riding on the chairlift which will be served by a moving conveyor to load the chair or in a gondola cabin that will load from a separate lift line.
The new uphill carrying capacity will be 3,400 people per hour, an increase of 35 percent. The new lift will debut opening day Nov. 26, 2014.

2015 Organizers Move World Championships Opening Ceremony to Solaris Plaza in Vail Village

With seven months remaining until the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships return to the Vail Valley, event organizers have relocated one of the main components of the Championships with the decision to move the 2015 Opening Ceremony to Solaris Plaza in the heart of Vail Village.
The free ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. on February 2, had previously been slated to take place in the Golden Peak Stadium at the base of Vail Mountain, which will play host to the Nations Team Event, along with qualification races for the Men’s Giant Slalom and Slalom during the second week of the Championships.
"Making the move to Solaris allows us to utilize the existing infrastructure such as big screens, a stage and sound system that will be in place for the nightly medal ceremonies", explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee.
Solaris Plaza, renamed Championships Plaza at the One-Year Countdown Celebration this past February, will also play host to the official Medal Ceremonies each evening during the Championships, along with free concerts, spectacular light shows and fireworks.

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.
Ladies' and Men's Downhill Events will take place on February 6th and 7th, 2015 in Beaver Creek.
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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