Atle Skaardal, FIS Chief Race Director for ladies Alpine World Cup, got an up-close and personal look at the progress made this summer on the world’s newest ladies’ downhill course Tuesday as he inspected Beaver Creek’s new track that is being built in anticipation of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015.
Construction on the new course, located adjacent to Beaver Creek’s renowned Birds of Prey men’s course, got underway 2nd July. In addition, crews cleared the way for the new ladies’ technical course, which will traverse down Raven Ridge, entering the men’s Birds of Prey course near the Harrier Jump on skier’s left.
“It’s exciting to watch the course take shape,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and president of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 Organizing Committee. “Knowing that we are well on our way to having yet another world class racecourse in our own backyard is a real testament to the dedication and commitment of Vail Resorts and our entire community.”
“There has been great work done and it is very accurate,” offered Skaardal. “Now we only have little things to tweak and small solutions to figure out. This course has everything in it and I know that it will be a great racecourse. I also know that the ladies are going to be very excited to race here.”
The new racecourse is scheduled to make its international race debut 14-15 December 2013 as the World Cup women travel to Beaver Creek for downhill and super-G competitions.