Third race for Birds of Prey?
Low snow levels in Val d’Isere, France may make this weekend’s World Cup schedule Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey a bit busier.
In addition to the traditional downhill Saturday and super-G Sunday at Beaver, there could be another downhill on Friday
According to John Dakin, spokesperson for the Chevy Birds of Prey races, the Vail Valley Foundation, Beaver Creek and Beaver Creek Resort Co. have “an agreement in principle” to move the Val d’Isere downhill race, scheduled for Dec. 13, to Beaver Creek on Friday.
The International Skiing Federation (FIS) will take snow measurements today in Val d’Isere and then make the determination on whether to hold the downhill in France or move it to Friday in Beaver Creek.
“We’ve done this before,” Dakin said. “It happens a lot. We done this eight or nine times.”
If the Val d’Isere downhill were moved to Beaver Creek, that would still leave FIS needing to reschedule Dec. 14’s giant slalom. It’s unlikely that Beaver Creek would host that race given the logistics of travel schedules, timing and staffing.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.