Thank you, Beaver Creek, for great World Cup |

Thank you, Beaver Creek, for great World Cup

Bill Marolt
Vail, CO, Colorado

Over the past month, Colorado’s ski and snowboard resorts have once again shown why they are among the best in the world, providing outstanding competition venues for athletes from around the globe. The Aspen Winternational and Audi Birds of Prey races in Beaver Creek, along with the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix presented by Sprint at Copper Mountain, were world-class events.

Producing the biggest events outside the Olympics is a major task, and it takes great teamwork. Aspen, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain, together with their local communities, are to be commended for dedication to producing quality events for the athletes and a showcase for the entire world to see.

Each year, we are even more amazed at what the volunteers of the Vail Valley do to provide the World Cup athletes with their best course of the season. Beaver Creek continues to raise the bar on its performance. The USSA is proud to be a partner with the Vail Valley Foundation, Beaver Creek Resort, Vail Resorts and the entire Vail Valley community. We will never forget the immaculate downhill you prepared or the close battle between Benni Raich and Ted Ligety on the GS hill.

Your community should take great pride in what you have done to help young athletes. These are motivated men and women who are seeking some very high goals. They serve as role models for today’s youth, who are the champions of tomorrow. They come from all parts of America and the world, but they took special pride in competing here in Colorado.

Thanks, Beaver Creek, for all you did to provide this opportunity for our athletes and to showcase our sports.

Bill Marolt President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

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