Vail will host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships |

Vail will host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

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Beaver Creek and Vail will host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

The announcement was made live from 47th International Ski Congress in Antalya, Turkey, during the

Election of Organisers for the FIS World Championships 2014/2015.

The live election feed on the Ski Federation’s website said Vail Valley Foundation president Ceil Folz was thanking everyone who contributed to the bid just moments after the announcement.

Vail won in a first round decision for alpine, with Vail receiving 8 points, Cortina 4 points and St. Moritz 3 points.

This will be the third FIS World Championships for the resorts, which previously hosted the 1989 and 1999 Championships.

“Our resorts and the Vail Valley have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to the sport of ski racing producing the best competitions in the world. We are thrilled to focus international attention on our iconic slopes and community during the winter of 2015,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts have been supporting and hosting international ski racing events and World Cups since the circuit began in 1967. Today, the Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek stands as one of the most highly respected and most difficult stops on the men’s World Cup tour and it is the only men’s event held in the United States.

The course was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Championships. The first men’s World Cup took place in December 1997 and speed and technical events are held annually at Beaver Creek each December.

With the 2015 announcement, Beaver Creek plans to upgrade the Birds of Prey venue, increasing the finish area for the men’s events, building a new Red Tail Camp Restaurant and building a new women’s speed course which will rival the men’s course. This run also will serve the combined events and the nation’s team event during the 2015 Championships. The women’s technical events, including the giant slalom and slalom will be held at Vail which will have a new, dramatic stadium located in the heart of Vail Village. Opening and closing ceremonies also will take place in Vail.

“I’m thrilled that the 2015 Alpine World Championships will take place on my home turf at Vail and Beaver Creek,” said Lindsey Vonn, Olympic gold medalist and defending World Cup Overall Champion.

This story will be updated.

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