Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vail-Beaver Creek 2015 Racecourses: Birds of Prey

Beaver Creek Mountain is home to the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse for Men and the New Raptor racecourse for Women.
The Birds of Prey is the Men's racecourse for the 2015 World Championships. It is regarded as one of the most difficult downhill courses in the world and features a vertical drop of 757 meters. With lower starting gates, it is also used for Super-G, Giant Slalom and Slalom races. The Birds of Prey contains an average gradient of 27 percent, increasing to 45 percent in the middle of the course and again in the final third of the course.
The Birds of Prey is host to the only men's Alpine Skiing World Cup in the United States.
Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships. Designed by Olympic Downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi of Switzerland, Birds of Prey starts west of the top of Chair 8 and finishes at the bottom of Red Tail at the confluence of Chairs 10 and 11. The course features a vertical drop of 710 meters and contains an average gradient of 27 percent, increasing to 45 percent in the middle of the course and again in the final third of the course.



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