The 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships are now just days away, and the organizers are inviting all ski clubs to join in the excitement, with the opportunity to win $25,000 in prize money via a video contest.
Starting today, ski clubs are encouraged to download "Fly", the Steve Azar "Official World Championships Song", from iTunes, produce a video, featuring their club, with the song as the background music, and upload their video using the following link: http://vailbeavercreek2015.com/ski-club-video-challenge/. The ski club that records the most views by Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, will win $25,000.
"A World Championships is an opportunity to celebrate athletes at the top of the sport, but it’s also an opportunity recognize and support the next generation of ski racers", said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee. "The members of these ski clubs are our future, and through this contest we want to bring these young athletes the recognition, and for one lucky club the financial support, to help them continue to follow their dreams".
All contest submissions must be made by an established ski club, and each club is limited to one submission. The winner will determined by total number of views, so ski clubs are encouraged to get creative, upload their videos as soon as possible, and start promoting their submissions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the official event hashtag #Vail2015. Clubs are encouraged to visit http://vailbeavercreek2015.com/ski-club-video-challenge/ for rules on how to submit, and to watch a special contest shout out from Lindsey Vonn. The winning club will be announced and the prize will be awarded following the conclusion of 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.
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.