Snow covering Birds of Prey race hill at Beaver Creek

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 29, 2009 11:40 am

Recent snowstorms have been hammering Colorado and Utah, which only helped the Beaver Creek race crew in their efforts to prepare the Birds of Prey race slope for the upcoming Audi FIS World Cup. “Early snow and cold temperatures have come right at the start of the traditional snowmaking period which gives the Beaver Creek team a great head start in the preparation of the Birds of Prey race course,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “The buzz of excitement can be felt throughout the Birds of Prey family, from race workers and volunteers to U.S. Ski Team athletes and coaches.”

“With this being an Olympic year, it should be especially exciting,” said Ski Team athlete and Birds of Prey podium finisher Steven Nyman. And the extra snow and stellar Colorado conditions can only help make the event better than ever.

“We’re taking advantage of every opportunity that Mother Nature provides to ensure that the Birds of Prey racecourse is in outstanding condition when the world arrives in Beaver Creek for the 2009 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week,” said Michael Imhof, Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Our partners at Vail Resorts are among the best in the world at preparing race courses and I have no doubt that this fact will again be reflected with a superb week of racing on Birds of Prey.”