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Selection of tips, tricks spectators should know

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BEAVER CREEK — The world seems happy to be here, and we love it when company comes.

The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are in town.

“The stands are filling for every race, as we hoped they would. The crowds for this weekend’s speed events should be large and enthusiastic,” said Jen Brown, spokeswoman for Beaver Creek.

There are some things you should know. Among them:

• If the stands fill, your best bet is to hike up the hill to the west — looking up the hill, that’s on your right. It’s also a fantastic place to watch the race.

“It’s a hike. It’s not for the faint of heart. You need to be a hearty hiker with a decent fitness level,” Brown said.

From the spectator areas on the side of the course, there’s not a bad seat in the house.

• The athletes finish right in front of the crowd, so when Lindsey Vonn throws kisses to the crowd, you might catch one.

• In the midst of the stadium and venues, the organizers and teams were thoughtful about crafting the spectator areas, giving people the opportunity to see the races up close and personal.

• The screen is the largest ever provided in ski racing competition.

• The transportation system is fantastic, but it takes time. Give yourself plenty. Spectators are encouraged to allow one hour of travel time from the base of Beaver Creek to Redtail Stadium. The buses are free.

• If you’re skiing, hop on the lift at 8:30 a.m. and make some turns before heading to the races.

• If you’re coming to the stadium, stake out your spot. The vendors will be there when you are.

• The InterX Pavilion is by the Beaver Creek ice rink. Grab your coffee and a breakfast burrito. Meet people from around the world. Try the simulator. It’s set up as the course the racers will do that day.

• Make your way up on a shuttle or on skis and enjoy your day.

• Be part of it. There’s plenty to see and do. Trade some pins. Make some friends.

“We’re the hosts, the whole valley. Let’s show them a good time,” Brown said.

“Thousands of ski racing fans from all over the globe are cheering for their favorites. The energy is infectious. There’s nothing like sitting in the stands with all that energy projected toward those racers, and you’re part of it,” Brown said.

Spectator parking is available in the complimentary parking lots, beginning with the event parking, Rodeo and Bear lots, located at the base of Beaver Creek Resort and throughout Avon. For the World Championships, outlying park-and-ride lots will be employed in order to accommodate as many race fans as possible.

Regularly scheduled free shuttles will bring spectators to the Covered Bridge stop in Beaver Creek Village. From there, the special Race Finish Bus will take fans to Redtail Stadium. Race shuttles run every five to 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to the completion of that day’s race. Skis and snowboards are not permitted on the race shuttles.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.



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