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Vail/Beaver Creek Bid for 2013 Alpine Worlds


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May 1, 2007

PARK CITY, Utah (USSA Press Release)—The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the candidacy Tuesday of Colorado’s Vail/Beaver Creek for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt cited Vail’s successful track record in hosting the 1989 and ’99 alpine World Championships as well as World Cup Finals twice and four decades of hosting World Cup ski races. The candidacy has been submitted to the International Ski Federation.

“Vail/Beaver Creek is unmatched, not just in North America, but throughout the ski world for its history of outstanding major events in four decades,” Marolt said. “Year in and year out, they have proven to host the highest quality of events. This is a very strong candidacy for 2013 from a proven organizing committee.”

Vail – one of the original venues when the World Cup made its debut with the 1966-67 season – and Beaver Creek hosted the 1989 and ’99 alpine Worlds. In addition, Vail brought World Cup Finals to Colorado in 1994 and ’97. The resorts also have hosted more than 70 men’s and women’s World Cup races.

The proposed plan for 2013 would have speed events for men and women at Beaver Creek with slalom and giant slalom held at Vail.

“The terrain at Beaver Creek and Vail offers a variety of challenges, which will be ideal for the championships,” Marolt said.

“I think our legacy of 1989 and 1999 will serve us well, in addition to the many friends we have made around the world through those championships and our annual World Cup events,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. Playing host to the 2013 championships will enable the valley “to continue to be at the forefront of international athletic competition.”

“Vail Resorts is excited to be working with the Vail Valley Foundation to pursue a bid for a third World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek in 2013,” said Bill Jensen, president of Vail Resorts mountain division and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain.

The nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) is the organizing arm for all major events in the valley, about two hours west of Denver, along Interstate 70. The race sites are less than 15 miles apart. Local community organizations are backing the bid.

The VVF had staff members observing the 2007 World Championships in Are, Sweden, before it decided to go forward with its plans for 2013. The International Ski Federation is expected to announce its choice for the championship in 2008 at its biennial Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

Other anticipated candidates for the 2013 championships include Schladming, Austria, which hosted the 1982 championships; St. Moritz, Switzerland, the 2003 Worlds host; and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, the 1956 Olympic Winter Games site.