World Cup field trains on Golden Peak after Beaver Creek session postponed
Birds of Prey 2017
Wednesday, Nov. 29
Downhill training, 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 30
Downhill training, 11 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 1
Men’s super-G, 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Men’s downhill, 11 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Men’s giant slalom, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
VAIL — The International Ski Federation’s official downhill training session was postponed on Tuesday, Nov. 28, but that didn’t mean there was no training to be had.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail had the Gold Peak Competition Arena in tip-top shape, and the world’s fastest ski racers were there to attack it.
Golden Peak offered side-by-side tracks on a full length super-G training surface for the World Cup field on Tuesday in advance of Friday, Dec. 1’s super-G at the Birds of Prey course.
“Overall, the surface has been really phenomenal,” said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail operations manager Chris Ogilvie. “We have a bullet-proof surface underneath, and teams have been just loving it. We are really grateful to Vail Mountain for all their hard work and support over the last several weeks.”
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Ski racers are excited to get back to the Beaver Creek super-G on Friday as the races were canceled last season. The last time a super-G took place in Beaver Creek, American Andrew Weibrecht notched his first-ever World Cup podium with a third-place finish.
“You don’t realize how much you like it until it’s not there for a year,” Weibrecht said of the Birds of Prey race. “It’s always fun to race in front of the home crowd, and it’s such a well-prepared track.”
The World Cup super-G at Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey course is scheduled for Friday at 10:45 a.m. Downhill training is back on schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 11:45 at Beaver Creek.