BEAVER CREEK, CO - (News Release - Oct. 31, 2007) - While the Audi FIS World Cup was getting underway on a glacier in Soelden, Austria, crews were hard at work preparing the downhill course at Beaver Creek for the Nov. 27-Dec. 2 Charles Schwab Birds of Prey races. Snowmaking and grooming operations began in mid-October at the top of the famed Birds of Prey Downhill in Beaver Creek.
More than three feet of snow fell in October at the summit of Beaver Creek, which opens to the public on Nov. 21. Crews have been moving and making snow to provide world class racing conditions on the challenging course.
Grooming and snowmaking crews will be working day and night for many weeks to prepare the hard, slick snow surface that is preferred by World Cup ski racers. Special "winch-cats" use a cable attached to a fixed object to provide extra support while pushing snow over the steeper sections of the course, such as "The Brink."
The Charles Schwab Birds of Prey race week will also serve as a unique showcase for the Vail Valley's 2013 Alpine Ski World Championships bid. The vote on the host site for the 2013 World Championships will take place in May at the International Ski Federation's Congress in South Africa. If Vail and Beaver Creek are successful in landing the 2013 bid, it would mark the third Championships including 1989 and 1999.