Beaver Creek Birds of Prey ski races officially set for Dec. 3 |

Beaver Creek Birds of Prey ski races officially set for Dec. 3

Dail Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK – While there is plenty of buzz over Vail and Beaver Creek landing the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships in June, the valley will again play host to its annual stop on the men’s tour with Birds of Prey racing this winter.

FIS confirmed at its fall meetings in Zurich, Switzerland, that Beaver Creek will host the 2010 Birds of Prey with downhill, super-G and giant slalom events from Dec. 3 to 5.

“The 2010 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week in Beaver Creek will literally be our first step on the road to the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “The brand awareness and animation that has been established for Birds of Prey is well recognized and respected throughout the world and these races will be even more closely monitored now that we have secured the 2015 World Championships.”

The initial Birds of Prey schedule for 2010 featured downhill, giant slalom and slalom, prior to an early summer agreement with France that sent the Beaver Creek slalom to Val d’Isere in exchange for its super-G.

“Preparing a super-G course in Val d’Isere in the second week of December is a real challenge,” Imhof said. “So the French organizers were very keen on the race trade. For us, a super-G is much more of a showcase race for the Birds of Prey track and we were happy to be able to accommodate, in cooperation with the FIS.”

Birds of Prey will again be the only men’s World Cup event in the United States. It will also provide U.S. ski-racing fans with an early-season men’s preview of the 2011 World Alpine Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

“Birds of Prey will mark the only opportunity for U.S. race fans to see 2010 Olympic medalists Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht, along with reigning World Cup giant slalom champ Ted Ligety, compete on home turf,” Imhof said. “The U.S. Ski Team has always made the most of the home-field advantage at Beaver Creek, and coming off the tremendous successes of last winter, we’re looking forward to another great week of racing at Birds of Prey.”

The Birds of Prey World Cup races are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Birds of Prey, visit For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, contact 970-949-1999 or visit

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