Birds of Prey Flock to Beaver Creek for World Cup

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Nov. 18, 2005

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado - While Beaver Creek Mountain's infamous Birds of Prey racecourse will be center stage for the world's premier men's alpine racers, Vail and Beaver Creek Villages will serve as World Cup party central November 30 through December 4 as the four-race 2005 Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week descends on the Vail Valley.

The public festivities will officially kickoff Wednesday evening, November 30, at 6 p.m. at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village with the opening Bud Light Street Beat free concert, featuring the legendary blues sounds of the James Cotton Blues.

The focus will shift to Beaver Creek on Thursday, December 1, for the World Cup Men's Super G race at 11 a.m. and the opening of the Argent Aprey Tent at 2 p.m. The Argent Aprey Tent, located adjacent to the Centennial Express Lift, will host daily music, games, prize giveaways and food and drink specials from 2-7 p.m. on race days.

Daily musical entertainment will be provided by the Lech Band from Austria and the U.S. Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps, along with a DJ, while Uncle E, the official ringmaster of the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week, will serve as master of ceremonies for a variety of games and contests.

Thursday evening will kick into high gear at 4:30 p.m. with a U.S. Ski Team autograph session in the Argent Aprey Tent. The public presentation of the men's Downhill bibs for Friday's race will take place at 5 p.m. in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, complete with prize giveaways and a fireworks finale. The evening will conclude with a performance of "The Dead Guy", a reality television-based play, presented by the Curious Theatre Company, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vilar Center. Tickets are priced at $20.

Blues rocker Popa Chubby will electrify race fans returning from the men's Downhill on Friday, December 2, as he takes to the Beaver Creek stage adjacent to the Argent Aprey Tent for a 2 p.m. free concert. Forged in the toughness that is New York City, Popa Chubby takes blues to the cutting edge, where it high-fives its contemporary cousins rock, rap, and hip hop.

One of the hottest bands of the 80's will provide the musical post Giant Slalom race accompaniment on Saturday, December 3, when Starship rocks Beaver Creek Village at 3 p.m. with a free concert. The evening's focus will shift back to ski racing at 7:30 p.m. will a special screening of the new film Bode Miller-Flying Downhill at the Vilar Center. Tickets are priced at $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Vail Valley Athletes Commission. In addition, Ski Racing Magazine will host a public party with U.S. Ski Team star Daron Rahlves from 8 p.m. until closing at Rocks Modern Grill at the Beaver Creek Lodge on Saturday, December 3.

Sunday afternoon, December 4, will offer one last opportunity to celebrate all the champions of the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week as the Argent Aprey Tent festivities will run from 2-5 p.m.

The Super G race is scheduled for December 1, followed by the Birds of Prey Downhill on December 2, Giant Slalom on December 3 and Slalom on December 4. Admission to all races is free. Complimentary bus service will be provided to the finish stadium for non-skiers.