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ebration tent located in the center of Beaver Creek Village, where every afternoon a different country or region participating in the races will showcase cultural food, beverages and entertainment. “In addition to the International Experience Celebration tent, après will be lively at the Coyote Café, Beaver Creek Chophouse, Toscanini Restaurant, Dusty Boot and there will be many places in Vail, too,” anticipates Jen Brown, Vail Resorts’ representative for Beaver Creek. Skiing While in Vail/Beaver Creek
Front Rangers won’t have to leave their own gear at home when visiting the Vail Valley to view the ski races. Ninety-eight percent of the terrain in Vail and in Beaver Creek will be open to recreational skiers and snowboarders. The World Championships Ski School will offer special lesson packages for kids and adults that will include live observations of the races and are designed to help skiers understand their own technique compared to the world-class athletes competing in the Championships. “The Hero” lesson package, for example, places emphasis on race fundamentals for children ages seven to teen. Where to Stay
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Athletes will compete in all five alpine disciplines—downhill, super G, super combined, giant slalom and slalom.
The close proximity of the upcoming World Ski Championships offers locals the option to make an action-packed day trip out of watching a race or two. However, for visitors who want to stay longer and take in the full program, including evening festivities, the Vail Valley offers a wide variety of lodging options, from luxury hotels to cozy bed and breakfast inns. “It’s an off-peak time period, and if you’re planning to come, book now,” encourages Brown. Call the Vail Valley Foundation at 970.777.2015 for event-specific packages hotels are already offering. Getting Around
It’s a Party—Ceremonies, Concerts, Culinary Events
While Beaver Creek will be Race Central, Vail will host evening festivities, including opening ceremonies and nightly medal presentations (in total, 30 individual and 18 Nations Team medals). “The two weeks during the races are truly the best time to be in the Vail/Beaver Creek area, not just to watch the ski races,” Peters says. “Our goal is to have one fantastic piece of entertainment every evening during the races; and a lot of it is free.” The entertainment program will feature concerts, artistic performances, films, art exhibits and culinary events. Avon, at the base of Beaver Creek, will host post-race activities before crowds head to Vail for the evening. Each day from 2–5:30 p.m., Après Avon will be a street fair of live music, craft brews and distilled tastings, and visits by the 2015 mascots. Après Avon will also be another opportunity for fans to meet racers. What’s more, spectators will be able to celebrate athletes and their home countries at the heated International Experience Cel-
“We want to clear up this myth among Front Rangers that this is going to be a crowded event to stay as far away from as possible,” Peters says. “We want people to feel like they can drive up and have a great experience during the Championships and move around the Valley freely and for free with the shuttles.” The same parking lots day-trippers know from skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek will be available during the World Ski Championships. Brown sums up why the 2015 World Ski Championships in Vail/ Beaver Creek will be a winter highlight for Coloradans: “The time period is off-peak and what better way to celebrate ski racing and see the best in the world right in our backyard.”
For race schedules, parking information, entertainment calendar and more, visit VailBeaverCreek2015.com or call the Vail Valley Foundation at 970.777.2015.
November 2014 | Boulder Lifestyle
November 2014 Issue of Boulder Lifestyle