Green lights for Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

04 September 2014 06:51
Beaver Creek at the 2013 Audi FIS Ski World Cup
Beaver Creek at the 2013 Audi FIS Ski World Cup -
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With exactly five months left until the official start of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado, the Local Organising Committee hosted a successful FIS Final Inspection on September 2nd and 3rd .

90 representatives from FIS, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Tridem Sports and the Local Organising Committee and Vail and Beaver Creek resorts were on hand for the technical inspection of the race courses on Tuesday, followed by a day-long meeting on Wednesday, where the detailed reports in the lead-up to the World Championships were discussed.

Also present were representatives from the 2017 and 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in St. Moritz (SUI) and Are (SWE) as part of the FIS Transfer of Knowledge Programme.

During the Technical Inspection a large delegation made its way down the men’s Birds of Prey Course and the ladies’ Raptor Course to finalise several elements along the course such as television camera and start house positions.

“The Birds of Prey course is very well-known on the tour,” said FIS Alpine Race Director Markus Waldner. “But there are still several additional elements involved with a World Championship that needed to be discussed that made today’s inspection very useful.”

For the ladies, the Raptor course made its debut only last year, making the Inspection very important.

“The FIS World Cup that served as the Test Event was quite successful last season, but we needed to fine tune a few aspects and especially prepare the technical events,” said FIS Ladies’ Alpine Race Director Atle Skaardal.

Today, everyone moved indoors, where the Vail Organising Committee presented its final preparations for the World Championships. Details such as sport organisation, volunteers, transportation, accreditation, accommodation, media services, broadcast operations, technology, security, medical, ceremonies, guest services, marketing and promotion, study groups and transfer of knowledge were discussed by the group as Vail Valley prepares for the world to descend from February 2nd-15th to ‘Dream it. Live it. Share it.

“Vail is well on track to host a very successful World Championships,” said FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis. “the World Championships in 1999 were already a big success, and the Local Organising Committee is working extremely hard to ensure that the 2015 edition will be much bigger and better. Particular focus is on engaging the entire country as well as globally and I think the world can truly look forward to a fantastic event in February.”