Women’s 2015 Downhill Construction Begins

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 5, 2012 4:40 pm

Construction began Monday on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships women’s downhill at Beaver Creek Mountain.”This is a day we’ve looked forward to ever since a new speed course for the ladies became part of our bid to secure the Championships,” President of The Vail Valley Foundation and 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee Ceil Folz said. 

The new track will feature similar terrain to the legendary Birds of Prey World Cup men’s downhill and will host to women’s downhill, combined downhill and super G during the Feb. 3-15, 2015 World Championships. “Winning a super G on the men’s Birds of Prey track last winter was a huge highlight in my career,” Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn said. “I have no doubt the new women’s downhill will be every bit as thrilling to race as the men’s hill and I fully intend to be competing for gold on my home snow in 2015.”

 The course, skiers right to Birds of Prey, is scheduled to make its international debut Dec. 14-15, 2013 as the women’s World Cup travels to Beaver Creek for downhill and super G competitions.”The new women’s downhill for the 2015 World Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek will be a showcase for athletes like Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso, just as Birds of Prey has been for our U.S. Ski Team men like Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Daron Rahlves,” President and CEO of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Bill Marolt said. Both the men’s and women’s events will finish the new Red Tail stadium.

Highlights

  • The new run will host the women’s downhill, combined downhill and super G during the Feb. 3-15, 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
  • Located skiers right of the legendary Birds of Prey World Cup men’s downhill, the new women’s run will feature similar terrain to its storied counterpart.
  • Vail Resorts’ officials received final U.S. Forest Service approval for construction May 3. The clearing of trees is slated to be completed in 18 days, while the finish reconfiguration will be finished by this coming winter and the annual Audi FIS Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week.
  • The new course is scheduled to make its international race debut Dec. 14-15, 2013 as the women’s World Cup moves to Beaver Creek for downhill and super G competitions.
  • In addition to the women’s downhill Beaver Creek will also construct a new track on Raven Ridge, located skier’s left of Birds of Prey, to host the women’s giant slalom and slalom competitions during the Championships.
  • Crews will also begin the process of reconfiguring the current Red Tail finish arena, with work including re-grading the finish and moving the existing timing building to the east side of the finish area. All individual events will finish in the new stadium.

Photo Caption for above/featured image:  2015 World Championships president Ceil Folz (in cab) celebrates the first day of construction on the new Ladies’ Downhill course at Beaver Creek with Greg Johnson (Men’s Chief of Race), Harry Frampton (2015 Executive Committee), Jim Roberts (Ladies’ Chief of Race) and Tim Baker (Beaver Creek Resort). The World Cup test event for the new racecourse is slated for December of 2013. Photo taken by Vail Valley Foundation.

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