Vonn to present ski pass to winner
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – On Thursday, as champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn joins Beaver Creek dignitaries to present a lifetime Vail Resorts season ski pass to the winner of the Aspen to Beaver Creek stage of the 2012 U.S. Pro Challenge.
“We’re very excited that Lindsey was able to fit it into her training schedule to join us for the UPC race finish in Beaver Creek,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and president of the Beaver Creek local organizing committee. “She has always drawn inspiration from other great athletes from all sports and I know she’s excited to have the chance to experience world class bike racing in her own backyard.”
The Vail Resorts lifetime season ski pass was rolled out as the Vail time trial award during the inaugural U.S. Pro Challenge last summer, with Levi Leipheimer taking home the prize. The pass provides lifetime skiing privileges at Vail and Beaver Creek.
In addition to the international cyclists that will “ascend” on Beaver Creek for the Stage 4 finish, Vonn will also have snow-related interests on her mind as the resort began construction earlier this summer on a new ladies’ downhill course for the upcoming 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. The new race track, located adjacent to the internationally renowned Birds of Prey men’s race course, will have its first official World Cup test event in mid-December of 2013.
Vonn and the World Cup women paid their first ever visit to Beaver Creek this past winter as unseasonably warm temperatures in France forced the relocation of a ladies’ Super-G to the resort the week following the traditional trio of men’s Birds of Prey World Cup races. Racing for the first time on the men’s course, the Vail resident ascended to the top step of the podium for the win.
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Following her day at the races, Vonn will return to training for the coming winter, with a summer camp in Chile the next order of business. The opening race of the 2012-13 World Cup season is slated for a giant slalom Oct. 27 in Soelden, Austria.