Editorial: Here’s looking at 2015, Vail
Vail CO, Colorado
The Vail Valley’s bid to be the site of the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in 2013 didn’t turn out quite as we’d all hoped – but we gave it a heck of a try. The folks at the Vail Valley Foundation, who spearheaded the drive for 2013, did an amazing job pulling together a very strong bid for the races, garnering four votes from the deciding council to the winner’s 10. The 2013 World’s will be held in Schladming, Austria – but 2015 is just around the corner from there.
Given how these things work, it was not a tremendous surprise the Schladming got the nod. They’d had their hat in the ring twice ” for 2011 and 2009 ” and it seemed it was just their “turn” for 2013. Now that we’ve paid our dues in putting out a strong bid for 2013, it puts Beaver Creek/Vail on the clock as a frontrunner for 2015.
For 2013, the Vail Valley Foundation team got into the game late, but went from being a dark horse to a frontrunner. That’s impressive; they do this on a yearly basis with the World Cup. Not only did they wow the FIS Congress with our ability to host the races, they talked about our valley’s commitment to the sport of skiing now and in the future.
In decisions like this, there are always politics and behind-the-scenes goings-on we can’t possibly know about. What’s certain is that our local team gave 2013 our best shot, and even if they didn’t come away with the races this time around, they set us up to be right back in the thick of it for 2015.
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