Bitterness lingers in Vail over 2015 schedule
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – With no races or closing award ceremonies to be held in Vail for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, town of Vail officials weren’t exactly elated Tuesday evening as they talked about contributing money to the event.
The Vail Valley Foundation, the host of the 2015 Championships, has asked the town of Vail to contribute $1.25 million to the event, or $250,000 per year over five years. The Foundation is asking Beaver Creek for $2.5 million.
The Vail Town Council can only appropriate money during each budget cycle, so it can only vote on the first installment of $250,000 now, while future councils will have to decide on whether to contribute the remaining installments each remaining year.
While council members recognize the economic impact the 2015 Championships would have on the town and implied they would be contributing the first payment of $250,000, the bitterness over not having any races in Vail still lingered.
“It’s a very bitter pill to swallow that we are not having any races,” Councilwoman Margaret Rogers said.
Rogers was particularly peeved by the fact that the closing awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Beaver Creek, when Vail Valley Foundation officials have repeatedly said Vail would be the awards and celebration center throughout the Championships.
Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz told the Town Council that the reason the final awards would be in Beaver Creek is because the closing ceremony always happens in the finish area just moments after the last race.
“Beaver Creek has the closing ceremonies cause that’s where the final races take place,” Folz said.
Councilman Andy Daly called the lack of races in Vail a “slap in the face” to the town’s skiing heritage. He said talks with Vail Resorts and Vail Valley Foundation officials about building a women’s World Cup course at Golden Peak have showed promise in terms of bringing ski racing back to Vail, however.
Daly also said he expects to know more specifics about what the town is going to get out of its contribution. Daly specifically wants to know how many promotional videos, or vignettes, would feature Vail and where they would be shown.
Folz said the Foundation can control which vignettes are made but it can’t control which ones are picked up by which media outlets. She added that it’s still four years before the event and many of the specifics Daly is seeking information about are not yet known.
The council decided to direct town staff to come back with a supplemental appropriation for the 2011 budget for the first $250,000 payment. The council will vote at an upcoming meeting whether to approve the contribution.
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