The Vail Valley is proud to once again welcome the world to Vail and Beaver Creek for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Feb. 2-15. Guests will not only enjoy exciting events and activities on both mountains, but from one end of the valley to the other. In addition to the competitions taking place in race arenas during this prestigious international event, the festival schedule is being designed to entertain and showcase all of the improvements and services that Vail Resorts and the community have been investing in for the past several years. 
 
Combined with the 1950 World Championships in Aspen, the 2015 World Championships will mark only the fourth Championships ever held in the United States, all of them in Colorado.
 
The World Championships represent the largest and most impressive collection of ski racing talent in the world, second only to the Olympics. To host such an event is not only a great honor for the Vail Valley community and the state of Colorado, but also a great opportunity to the rally the nation around the sport of skiing and engage the next generation in the sport, building upon the successes of our U.S. Ski Team athletes toward greater glory in the future.
 
The sports of skiing and snowboarding provide a tremendous economic impact to Colorado. Having the opportunity to showcase this vibrant community and region to the world via the 2015 World Championships provides an incredible investment in the future.
 
Leading up to 2015: Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2013: Women’s World Cup featuring Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom on the newly constructed “Raptor” racecourse, which also provided 17 new acres of expert terrain for skiers during the 2012-2013 season. Four U.S. Ski Team women had an opportunity to test portions of the course in April 2013, offering home field course advantage.
 
Dec. 6-8: Men’s Birds of Prey Race Weekend including Super G, Downhill and Giant Slalom. See Ted Ligety go for the “three-peat” in GS and watch Bode Miller return to competition on courses that has brought him victories in the past.
 
2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships: Dream It. Live It. Share It.
The world’s best ski racers will return to Beaver Creek and Vail Feb. 2-15, 2015 for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.  The 2015 event will feature five men’s and five women’s individual races, along with the Nation’s Team event. Participants and guests will literally enjoy the best of both “Worlds” as Beaver Creek plays host to the lion’s share of the racing action while Vail will be Party Central.  The famed Birds of Prey course will host all of the men’s World Championships competitions, while a new “Raptor” racecourse to skier’s right of Birds of Prey will serve as the site of all ladies’ speed races. As part of the new construction, the Red Tail Finish Arena has also beeen expanded and enhanced, providing an even more spectator-friendly race viewing experience. The first true test for the women comes in November of 2013, with Downhill, Super-G and Giant Slalom test events on this new track, one week before the traditional men’s Birds of Prey races.  Drawing upon the Vail Valley’s deep-rooted history in supporting ski racing, the 2015 Championships new tagline: Dream It. Live It. Share It. also conveys the intent to engage athletes, spectators and viewers in dreaming of the Championships as anyone who has a passion for the sport, an athlete charging for gold, or an up-and-comer whose hope is to qualify to compete.  Fans will live the event through whatever means they choose and share it with one another prior to, during and after the event. Visit: www.vailbeavercreek2015.com.
 
2015 World Championships by the Numbers
The Alpine Championships gather together the greatest skiers from around the globe to compete over a two-week period of time in every alpine discipline.
 
The Alpine Championships attract:
·         More than 700 athletes from more than 70 nations;
·         Approximately 1,800 members of the print, online, photo and broadcast media;
·         More than 2,500 volunteers;
·         Various international and domestic sponsors;
·         More than 70 countries will carry the television feed;
·         Nearly 750 million viewers worldwide during the course of the two weeks of the Championships.
 
The Vail and Beaver Creek Experience
Skiers and snowboarders have been visiting Vail for more than 50 years and Beaver Creek for more than 30 – the experience at each resort is exceptional in all facets and will continue to be so even at the height of the competition. The 2015 World Championships will be taking place on designated areas of the mountains, leaving a significant portion of both Vail and Beaver Creek resorts available for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. On and off the slopes guests can still expect to find all that they have come to know and love at the resorts including diverse and expansive terrain for skiing and snowboarding, an assortment of lodging, fantastic dining and culinary experiences, great shopping, spas and more. From the summits of the snow-covered mountains to the base of the bustling villages visitors to Vail and Beaver Creek during the 2015 World Championships will find the same rich experiences, attention to detail and commitment to guest service that is provided year-round.
 
Legacy
The 2015 World Championships will last for two weeks, but the overarching goal is to leave a lasting legacy throughout the Vail Valley and the State of Colorado through the hosting of these Championships. The benefits of this great event will live on through the dreams fulfilled, the lives touched and the inspiration provided long after the FIS flag is lowered at Closing Ceremonies.
 
Through cooperative partnerships on all levels, not only will Vail and Beaver Creek be enabled to provide a great World Championships for Colorado, but also one that will prompt both participants and guests, as well as those viewing the competition and festivities on television, to want to return or to visit Colorado in the future.  This is a unique opportunity to show the world all that the beautiful Vail Valley and the State of Colorado has to offer.
 
Together, the communities of Vail and Beaver Creek will make a difference, creating that legacy and ensuring that the 2015 World Championships is an event that will benefit the State of Colorado for decades to come.
 

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Media Contacts:
 
Vail Valley Foundation Contact:
John Dakin – (970) 777-2015, jdakin@vvf.org
 
Jen Brown, Beaver Creek – (970) 754-5292, jbrown@vailresorts.com
Liz Biebl, Vail – (970) 754-3001, ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Sara Lococo, Vail – (970) 754-4528, slococo@vailresorts.com
 
U.S. Ski Team Contact:
Doug Haney – (518) 524-4674, dhaney@ussa.org
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