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Kids Zone to offer premium Birds of Prey viewing for young ones

Nate Day
Parents can drop their kids for a 30-minute session in the YouthPower365 Kids Zone once they sign up and sign the waiver. YouthPower365 teachers will be on hand, ready with games prizes, and good times.
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Little kids look up to our Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup racers in more ways than one. When the heroes of the Birds of Prey come through the finish line, kids traditionally cheer, go for autographs and line up for high-fives from the world-famous skiers who come through Beaver Creek each year.

Unfortunately, little ones looking up toward the racecourse don’t always have the best view. All those darned adults get in the way, and so does that 4-foot fence.

That’s why the Vail Valley Foundation, who organizes the event, has created a solution.

This year, the YouthPower365 Kids Zone, presented by TIAA Bank, will give kids a front-row seat to the races. The Vail Valley Foundation’s mission is to enhance quality of life through arts, athletics and education. The education component is called YouthPower365. TIAA Bank is a proud cornerstone partner of all the VVF’s projects and stepped in to help make the Kids Zone a reality.

“This is a great example of the Vail Valley Foundation’s mission coming together all in one place, with tremendous support from the incredible teachers we have at YouthPower365,” said Tom Boyd, spokesperson for the VVF, which has hosted the Birds of Prey races since 1997. “TIAA Bank has been a very supportive partner, and we have worked together with them to make sure we can provide an elevated experience for the children who come to our races.

To make the Kids Zone happen, a new platform has been built in the front row of the races, and the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 teachers will be on hand to help make the Kids Zone safe and fun.

There will be high demand, so parents have to sign up for a time slot at

How it works

Beginning at the start of the Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, races, 30 kids are admitted into the zone for 30-minute sessions. Complete the sign up process at http://www.bcworld to reserve your young skier’s spot for your preferred time. Please note that space is limited and any late arrivals could potentially lose their spot. Arrive promptly to ensure prime viewing.

All participants, parents or legal guardians are required to complete a zone waiver and contact sheet prior to entry. Save time and sign up online.

After the races, families can head to Beaver Creek Village for free ice skating from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday, fun games such as cornhole, giant Connect-4, giant Jenga, giveaways, music and more.

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