Birds of Prey offers public a chance to see World Cup ski races
BEAVER CREEK “While Beaver Creek Mountain’s infamous Birds of Prey racecourse will be center stage for the world’s premier men’s alpine racers, Vail and Beaver Creek Villages will serve as World Cup party central November 29 through December 3 as the four-race 2006 Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week descends on the Vail Valley.
The public festivities will officially kickoff Wednesday evening, November 29, at 6 p.m. at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village with the opening Bud Light Street Beat free concert, featuring the legendary rock sounds of the BoDeans.
The focus will shift to Beaver Creek on Thursday, November 30, for North America’s first ever World Cup Super Combined event, featuring one run of Downhill and one run of Slalom, beginning at 11 a.m., as well as the opening of the Bose Experience Public Tent, located at the Red Tail Finish Stadium.
The Bose Experience Tent will host daily music, games, prize giveaways and food and drink specials from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, with Sunday hours from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All Bose Experience Tent activities at Beaver Creek are free to the public.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by Nina Storey, the Lech Band from Austria and DJ Erik, while Goldie and Uncle E, the official ringmasters of the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week, will serve as master of ceremonies for a variety of games and contests.
Thursday evening will kick into high gear at 5:00 p.m. with a U.S. Ski Team autograph session in Beaver Creek Plaza, while the presentation of the men’s Downhill bibs for Friday’s race will take place at 6 p.m. in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, complete with $15,000 in prize giveaways and a fireworks finale.
Held in conjunction with the bib presentation, the World Cup “Deal or No Deal” game will feature 30 prizes, including a 2006-2007 Vail Resorts season pass, $5,000 in cash, trips to Mexico, Atomic skis and Birds of Prey VIP credentials.
The evening will conclude with a special concert at the Vilar Center with Edwin McCain and Maia Sharp. Tickets for the show are priced at $26 apiece and are available through the Vilar Center box office or by calling 845-TIXS (8497).
Saturday evening’s Ski Racing Magazine party will take place at Rocks Modern Grill in the Beaver Creek Lodge. Enjoy live music beginning at 5:30 p.m. with U.S. Ski Team member Bryon Friedman. The main party kicks off at 8 p.m. with a DJ, drink specials and prizes. Admission is free to the public.
On Sunday morning, Ski Club Vail will host a pancake breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Bose Experience Public Tent, located at the Red Tail Finish Stadium. Cost is $8 per person. All proceeds will benefit Ski Club Vail.
The Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week schedule calls for Super Combined on November 30, Downhill on December 1, Giant Slalom on December 2 and Slalom on December 3. All race viewing is free to the public.
The [Marker]is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Birds of Prey or the Foundation, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week http://www.vvf.org. For information on Beaver Creek Resort, call (970) 845-9090 or visit [ http://www.beavercreek.com/ ]www.beavercreek.com.
Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO