BIRDS OF PREY RACECOURSE GETS “THUMBS UP” FOR FIS SNOW CONTROL—FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR 2014 AUDI FIS BIRDS OF PREY WORLD CUP RACE WEEK AT BEAVER CREEK

22 November 2014
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. —It’s full speed ahead for the Audi FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week at Beaver Creek as organizers received the green light Saturday for the 2014 edition of racing.
    
“Our partners at Vail Resorts have certainly made the most of the temperatures and the real stuff that Mother Nature has provided,” explained Michael Imhof, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation and Director of the 2015 World Championships.  “Thanks to favorable snowmaking conditions and the natural snow we have received, everything is on track for a great weekend of racing at the Audi FIS Birds of Prey.”
    
Beaver Creek Mountain, which has received just over three feet of new snow in the past 12 days, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 26, while Vail Mountain opened to the public on November 21.
    
“We are happy to report that snowmaking is 99% complete on the race venue at Beaver Creek,” explained Chief of Race Greg Johnson.  “Our final snowmaking needs are in the finish area and, with another winter storm forcast for this weekend, along with optimal snowmaking temperatures, we’ll be ready to race.”
 
The FIS requires a Snow Control inspection for all World Cup sites in advance of the competitions to ensure that good racecourse conditions exist or that the weather forecast is favorable for sufficient snowmaking.
    
The 2014 Audi FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week gets underway Tuesday, December 2, with Downhill Training.  Competition kicks off Friday, December 5, with the traditional Birds of Prey Downhill, followed by Super-G on Saturday, December 6.  The weekend’s racing will conclude with Giant Slalom on Sunday, December 7.
   
The 2014 Audi FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week at Beaver Creek is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.  For additional information on Birds of Prey, visit www.bcworldcup.com.

Media Contact: John Dakin, (970) 777-2015, jdakin@vvf.org 

 
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
 
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