Sunday, November 20, 2016

Val d'Isère To Host Beaver Creek Races


Following the cancellation of the races in Beaver Creek, the French resort of Val d’Isère has been confirmed to take over the Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom events on 2nd, 3rd and 4th December 2016.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup just lost five races due to unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow in North America. While Lake Louise and Beaver Creek have to face a delayed winter, Central Europe has been blessed with snow early in the season this year.
"After the cancellations in North America, our main concern was to find a replacement site and Val d’Isère offered a solid option from the beginning", said Chief Race Director Markus Waldner. "Discussions with the local organising committee, the French Ski Federation and Infront led to good solutions and the confirmation that Val d’Isère is taking the challenge and jumping in to replace the Beaver Creek races. We thank all the parties for the great collaboration and look forward to hold those races in Val d’Isère".
For the first time since 2007, the men will race speed events on the O.K. course in Val d’Isère. The resort will host the three replacement races in addition to the traditional Criterium de la Première Neige. The packed competition program in Val d’Isère is now the following:

2nd December 2016: Men’s Super-G (replacement Beaver Creek)
3rd December 2016: Men’s Downhill (replacement Beaver Creek)
4th December 2016: Men’s Giant Slalom (replacement Beaver Creek)
10th December 2016: Men’s Giant Slalom
11th December 2016: Men’s Slalom
16th December 2016: Ladies’ Alpine Combined
17th December 2016: Ladies’ Downhill
18th December 2016: Ladies’ Super-G

Vincent Jay, director of Val d’Isère’s Club des Sports said: "First, we’re really sad for our friends in Beaver Creek. We know too well all the hard work that has to go into organising a World Cup race and the loss in energy, time, and money that a cancellation represents. Ski racing has been in our genes for the past 60 years. In the past we have organised countless World Cup races and we can do this at short notice when we have to. We are proud to meet the challenge of organising eight races in three weeks".
The cancellation is unfortunate, also because this year marks 50 years of FIS Ski World Cup, and Vail was one of the original sites on the tour, hosting a Giant Slalom in March of 1967. The Vail Valley Foundation has been hosting World Cup ski racing in Beaver Creek since 1989, and specifically on the Birds of Prey course since 1997. The Vail Valley Foundation also led the effort to bring the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999, and 2015.

Val d'Isère is a megaresort located in the Savoie, recognisable by its charming Chalet architecture. People come to Val d'Isere with precisely one purpose in mind: to Ski. Val d'Isere offers to the skiers one of the most incredible Ski Paradises in the Alps: the Espace Killy, the Val d'Isere and Tignes combined skiing area, named in honour Jean-Claude Killy.

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