Bid for 2013 has come a long way, quickly
Vail, CO Colorado
The pack had already left the starting gate when the Vail Valley Foundation entered its horse into the race.
But through hard work and some deft maneuvering, that horse ” the Beaver Creek/Vail bid for the 2013 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships ” closed in on the pack and is heading into what should be a photo finish.
The Vail Valley Foundation, in conjunction with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, entered Beaver Creek/Vail into the 2013 mix in May 2007, and advanced to the final round along with Schladming, Austria; St. Moritz, Switzerland and Cortina, Italy.
In September, FIS sent a delegation to the Vail Valley for a site visit, which went quite well, according to Vail Valley Foundation president Ceil Folz.
“Much of the inspection was good for us,” Folz said.
During the inspection, which is more of a dialogue between both sides, the Vail Valley Foundation heeded the advice of FIS to hold most races at Beaver Creek.
“We hoped to have the men and women in Vail, but as we looked at the finish area ” that was our toughest piece,” Folz said. “Since then, we’ve worked with an architect and have overcome that.”
Along with high marks for organization, snow conditions and environmental initiatives, the Beaver Creek/Vail bid gave FIS a look at a new women’s downhill course.
“There’s been a feeling the women’s downhill courses have gotten tame ” not that you have to make them dangerous ” but you have to make them more of a test,” said USSA CEO Bill Marolt.
While there are seemingly nominal parts of the bid process, like small gifts that can be given to the 17 members of the FIS Council who will choose the 2013 winner, the Vail Valley Foundation went the extra mile on all fronts.
“Generally you have a dollar amount you can spend on Council members,” Folz said. “We chose to put money into a program we do with SOS Outreach and Vail Resorts. We scholarshiped 17 children each in the name of a country a FIS Council member comes from. It’s an idea that came out of our staff.”
SOS Outreach is a program that provides at-risk-youth an opportunity to snowboard or ski ” skiing coming just this year. One of the criteria the Council considers is what each bid is doing to promote the sport and bring new participants into the sport.
“We feel great about this program,” Folz said. “Not only are there those 17 skiers now, but we have been able to support the whole SOS program on a larger level.”
Each of the kids who received a scholarship sent a letter to their respective FIS Council member.
Since Beaver Creek/Vail put in its bid, Vail Resorts has continued to promote environmental stewardship ” another important issue with FIS.
“In our final presentation (in September) we spent a good amount of time talking about the environmental commitments Vail resorts has made,” Folz said. “Of the four candidates, I’d say our environmental message is the best.”
Now all the Beaver Creek/Vail contingent has to do is hope all its messages have been well-received.
Stories in the Vail Daily this week on the 2013 World Alpine Ski Championships
Wednesday: How the decision process for the World Championships works
Thursday: What are Beaver Creek/Vail’s chances?
Friday: The decision/reaction
Sports writer Ian Cropp can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-748-2935.