Beaver Creek

United States of America
Beaver Creek
Vail Valley Foundation Mike Imhof 90 Benchmark Rd. Ste. 300 Vail, CO 816120

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    The Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in anticipation of the 1999 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.  It was designed by Olympic Downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi of Switzerland.

    The course recently played host to the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek in February, 2015.

    The first competition on Birds of Prey took place on December 4, 1997, with two World Cup men’s Downhills and a Super-G.  The course was officially opened with a ceremonial Native American blessing, performed by tribal elder Red Ute.

    Germany’s Stefan Krauss was the first racer down Birds of Prey in the opening day of training, while Italy’s Kristian Ghedina was the first race winner. The remaining two competitions were won by Austrians Andreas Schifferer and Hermann Maier.

    During the 1999 World Championships, Birds of Prey was the site for the first ever gold medal tie as Maier and Norway’s Lasse Kjus earned Super-G gold

    The fastest World Cup or World Championships Downhill race time from the top start ever recorded on Birds of Prey is 1:39.59, courtesy of American Daron Rahlves.

    Austria’s Hermann Maier owns a record eight career victories on Birds of Prey.

    In 2009, Switzerland’s Carlo Janka made history, winning all three races contested in Beaver Creek. The feat marked the first time a racer has been victorious in three World Cup races on three consecutive days since Jean Claude Killy turned the trick in 1967.

    In 2011, American Lindsey Vonn became the first woman to win a World Cup race on Birds of Prey, capturing the transplanted Super-G from Val d’Isere, France.

    Beaver Creek has organized FIS World Cup competitions since 1988, while Vail’s involvement with World Cup racing dates back to the inaugural year of the World Cup tour in 1967.

    The transplanted Val d’Isere Super-G race in 2011 was won by Lindsey Vonn (USA), while Fabinenne Suter (SUI) placed second and Anna Fenninger (AUT) finished third. 


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  • Marcel Hirscher at Beaver Creek

    Marcel Hirscher claims the Beaver Creek giant slalom

    The World Cup week-end at Beaver Creek concludes with the giant slalom on the Birds of Prey, where Marcel Hirscher took the win today.

  • Aksel Lund Svindal at Beaver Creek

    4th downhill win at Beaver Creek for Aksel Lund Svindal

    Birds of Prey downhill 2017 is in the books and Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway won it for the 4th time. In second place, Switzerland’s Kugelblitz Beat Feuz, who won the downhill opener in Lake Louise last week, takes second place. The impressive young German Thomas Dressen claims his maiden World Cup podium at Beaver Creek.

  • Kriechmayr in Beaver Creek

    Maiden win for Vincent Kriechmayr

    The Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr clocks the fastest time at the second super-g of the season at Beaver Creek.

  • Mayer in Beaver Creek

    Mayer wins the second training at Beaver Creek

    Another beautiful day at Beaver Creek, and another great training run in the books. Austria’s downhill Olympic Champion Matthias Mayer dominated the Birds of Prey and laid down the fastest time today.

  • Théaux in Beaver Creek

    Adrien Théaux tackles the Birds of Prey the best

    Like in Lake Louise, Adrien Théaux sets the fastest time of the official downhill training in Beaver Creek. The Birds of Prey is in a fantastic shape and ready to showcase the fight for World Cup points.

  • Val d'Isère O.K. course @andyparant

    Val d'Isère takes over 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.