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.
A recent shift in weather patterns has brought snow and colder temperatures to Beaver Creek Resort and the Vail Valley. However, winter conditions did not arrive in time to allow race crews to create the demanding, 2620m-long Birds of Prey course.
“Beaver Creek typically has some of the best early-season conditions in the world and a remarkably sophisticated snowmaking system. However, the cold weather did not come in time this year,” said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation. “We now look forward to hosting our beloved Birds of Prey World Cup ski race in 2017.”
Again, FIS is thankful for good collaboration and the efforts put forth by the team, both on and off the hill. If the weather would have allowed it, we’re convinced that once more, they would have organised an outstanding event.
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.
Information about the rescheduling of these events will follow as soon as possible.
Courtesy of Vail Valley Foundation