Vail and Beaver Creek resorts were selected by the International Ski Federation (FIS) to host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. This will be the third FIS World Championships for the resorts, which previously hosted the 1989 and 1999 Championships.
Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts have been supporting and hosting international ski racing events and World Cups since the circuit began in 1967. Today, the Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek stands as one of the most highly respected and most difficult stops on the men’s World Cup tour and it is the only men’s event held in the U.S.
The course was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Championships. The first men’s World Cup took place in December 1997 and speed and technical events are held annually at Beaver Creek each December.
With the 2015 announcement, Beaver Creek plans to upgrade the Birds of Prey venue, increasing the finish area for the men’s events, building a new Red Tail Camp Restaurant and building a new women’s speed course which will rival the men’s course. This run also will serve the combined events and the nation’s team event during the 2015 Championships. The women’s technical events, including the giant slalom and slalom, will be held at Vail, which will have a new dramatic stadium located in the heart of Vail Village. Opening and closing ceremonies also will take place in Vail.
Plans for the 2015 World Championships will begin immediately as World Cup racing action returns to the Vail Valley December 3-5, for the Men’s Birds of Prey World Cup.