Chief of Course Greg Johnson gives a tour of the Birds of Prey finish area to key officials including FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis during a Coordination Committee meeting in early May (USSA/Tom Kelly)
VAIL, CO (May 3) – Plans for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are well underway as officials from the FIS, the Vail Valley Foundation, Tridem Sports, EBU, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association wrapped up two days of Coordination Committee meetings Wednesday in Vail. Officials visited each venue, including both the Birds of Prey and Golden Peak finish areas, as well as operational and ceremony sites.
Coordination planning meetings were held May 1-2 in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO with the International Ski Federation (FIS) in preparation for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Coordination Committee meetings are held with World Championship organizers twice a year. The group last met in December during the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek.
Event organizers gave a detailed tour of the Birds of Prey finish area, outlining proposed plans for upgrades to the existing finish stadium and creation of a new women’s downhill course. Pending final approval from the U.S. Forest Service, work on those projects is anticipated to begin soon.
FIS officials were especially excited about the opportunities presented by Vail’s Golden Peak venue that will play host to the opening ceremony, qualifying events and the Nation’s Team Event.
Officials also visited the proposed medals venue at the Solaris Plaza in Vail Village.
While most of the competition events will be held in Beaver Creek, it is anticipated that Vail will become the epicenter for fans, with key events at Golden Peak and daily medal ceremonies located in the heart of Vail Village.
The World Championships are set for Feb. 3-15, 2015. FIS will meet again with organizers this fall.
QUOTES Sarah Lewis, Secretary General, International Ski Federation This is a terrific process to work directly with organizers and to have everyone around the table providing value. The ability to have all parties working together allows us all to uphold the value of the World Championships as the premier event outside the Olympics. The fact that Vail Resorts leadership is here with the organizing committee is a big help in this process.
Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association We’ve been successful with major events in our country because we work together. Each party here plays a role in the success of the World Championships.
Ceil Folz, President, Vail Valley Foundation We have a terrific team in place, both in terms of our internal 2015 Organizing Committee and our partners from the FIS, EBU, Tridem and USSA. We are pleased to say that everything is on track as we near 1,000 days to go until the Championships.