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Canceled French men’s World Cup Downhill added to Beaver Creek’s 2003 Chevy Birds of Prey

Staff Report

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado-Warm weather in France has resulted in a second men’s World Cup downhill for the Birds of Prey World Cup weekend as the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced that the downhill portion of the December 13-14 World Cup event slated for Val d’Isere, France would be moved to Beaver Creek.

The 2003 Chevy Truck Birds of Prey World Cup will now feature men’s downhill competitions on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, with men’s Super G action rounding out the schedule on Sunday, December 7. The Val d’Isere men’s giant slalom will also be rescheduled.

“We are pleased to once again be in a position to help out the FIS

and the World Cup circuit by picking up this additional race,” offered

Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation. “It’s a tribute to

Vail Resorts and the entire Birds of Prey organizing committee, not to

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mention the great early season snow conditions that currently exist in

the Vail Valley.”

Since Vail and Beaver Creek became an annual stop on the World Cup tour in 1983, the resorts have picked up a total of nine relocated World Cup races, the most recent coming in 1999 when Birds of Prey played host to canceled men’s giant slalom and slalom, in addition to the regularly scheduled downhill and Super G competitions.

“Beaver Creek has a history of being flexible and helping out whenever we can. It’s a real credit to the organizing committee and our mountain operation crews to adapt at a moment’s notice,” said John Garnsey, Chief Operating Officer for Beaver Creek.

“I’m not sure that there is another resort in the world that has hosted as many relocated races,” Folz added, “which truly underscores the Vail Valley’s commitment to ski racing.

Friday’s Birds of Prey men’s downhill will get underway at 12:15 p.m., with free stadium seating in the Red Tail Finish Stadium. Race fans can access the course on skis, snowshoes or via the free shuttle bus system that departs every five minutes from the covered bridge in

Beaver Creek Village.

In addition to the trio of men’s World Cup races, the 2003 Chevy Truck Birds of Prey World Cup Weekend will also include the “Party At The Speed Of Sound” Public Celebration on Saturday evening, December 6,and the annual Black Diamond Ball on Friday evening, December 5.

The 2003 Chevy Truck Birds of Prey World Cup Weekend is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Birds of Prey or the Vail Valley Foundation, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.