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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    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.

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    Cancellation of the Audi FIS Birds of Prey races in Beaver Creek

    Unfortunately, the Audi FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Downhill, Super G, and Giant Slalom races scheduled for 2nd, 3rd and 4th December 2016 have to be cancelled after today’s negative snow control.

  • Impressions World Cup Beaver Creek

    Hirscher nails the Beaver Creek giant slalom

    The Audi FIS Ski World Cup races 2015 in Beaver Creek are in the books! After two exciting speed races, the week-end ended with a giant slalom on the famous Birds of Prey course.

  • Marcel Hirscher is leading in the first run of Beaver Creek's giant slalom

    Marcel Hirscher leading first run in Beaver Creek's giant slalom

    Marcel Hirscher pulled off a solid run and took over the lead of this first run. Germany’s Stefan Luitz laid down a strong run and finished 2nd with bib number 19, and veteran Andre Myhrer from Sweden attacked from the back and grabbed the 3rd place of this first run.

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    3 back-to-back wins for Svindal

    The race week-end in Beaver Creek started with an amazingly sunny day. A big crowd was present at the Talon Stadium for the second downhill of the season and cheered for the athletes coming down the famous Audi Birds of Prey racetrack.