Planning for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is already well underway. Officials from the FIS, the Vail Valley Foundation, Tridem Sports, EBU, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently visited Vail to participate in two days of Coordination Committee meetings.
These types of meetings are typically held with World Championship organizers twice a year. The last meeting was in December during the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek. During this most recent visit, officials traveled to both the Birds of Prey and Golden Peak, which are to be venues for the competition. They also got an opportunity to inspect operational and ceremony sites. Event organizers provided the visiting officials with a detailed tour of the Birds of Prey finish area, and outlined proposed plans for various upgrades to the existing stadium. They also discussed the creation of a new women’s downhill course, which is still awaiting approval from the U.S. Forest Service.
“This is a terrific process to work directly with organizers and to have everyone around the table providing value,” said Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of FIS. “The ability to have all parties working together allows us all to uphold the value of the World Championships as the premier event outside the Olympics. The fact that Vail Resorts leadership is here with the organizing committee is a big help in this process.”
FIS officials were reportedly very excited by the opportunities presented by Vail’s Golden Peak, which will play host to the opening ceremony, qualifying events and the Nation’s Team Event. After visiting Vail’s Golden Peak, officials got a chance to check out the Solaris Plaza located in the Vail Village, which is the proposed location for the medals venue.
“We’ve been successful with major events in our country because we work together,” said Bill Marolt, President and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. “Each party here plays a role in the success of the World Championships.”
A majority of the competition’s events will be held in Beaver Creek, but the plan is to engage Vail as the epicenter for spectator traffic. Key events will be held at Golden Peak and daily medal ceremonies will be held in Vail Village.
While the World Championships are still quite a way out, its nice to know everything is on-track.
“We have a terrific team in place, both in terms of our internal 2015 Organizing Committee and our partners from the FIS, EBU, Tridem and USSA,” said Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation. ”We are pleased to say that everything is on track as we near 1,000 days to go until the Championships.”
The planned dates for competition are February 3-15, 2015. The next FIS Coordination Committee meeting will take place this fall.