Vail Valley takes step toward 2015 worlds
AVON, Colorado ” Beaver Creek/Vail is one of three venues that intend to make bids for the 2015 alpine skiing world championships.
Eagle County was selected by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to be the American candidate for the 2015 event.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and St. Moritz, Switzerland, also told the International Ski Federation by a Friday deadline that they plan to bid for the biennial championships.
The 2015 bids won’t be concrete until an Oct. 31 final deadline. The FIS is still negotiating television and marketing rights, which is a key component of the process, said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, which is organizing the bid.
The foundation “intends to bid as long as the conditions make sense for the community,” Folz said.
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The FIS will choose the host of the 2015 event in June 2010 in Antalya, Turkey.
Beaver Creek/Vail, Cortina and St. Moritz all made unsuccessful bids for the 2013 championships, which were awarded to the Austrian resort of Schladming.
The French village of Val d’Isere staged the worlds in February, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany will hold the 2011 event.
Eagle County hosted the championships in 1989 and 1999. Beaver Creek also hosts a men’s World Cup ski racing stop on its Birds of Prey race course each December.
While Folz was complimentary of both Cortina and St. Moritz, she noted that Europe has hosted each championships since they were last here in 1999.
“Certainly, we look at it and say, more than ever before, these are championships that need to move around the world,” she said.
The championships are worth pursuing for several reasons, Folz said. For one, they help bolster the annual Birds of Prey World Cup event. Also, they bring a financial benefit to the local economy. And they also rally the community to come together and produce a world-class event.
USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt said in a statement that Beaver Creek and Vail are leaders in ski racing.
“The USSA is proud to put Beaver Creek/Vail forward as our candidate for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships,” he said. “It’s the right time for this prestigious event to come back to America.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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