Photo: Photo of a winch cat on Nov. 15, 2017, on the Birds of Prey course by Jon Resnick courtesy Vail Resorts

2017 course gets thumbs up from FIS Race Director

Once again, the Birds of Prey race crew is proving why they have helped earn the Birds of Prey World Cup its number one ranking from an independent survey of coaches and athletes.

With hard work, enough cold weather, and plenty of snow, course conditions are excellent and Birds of Prey is looking good.

“I got a first-hand look at the course today and Beaver Creek, the Talons Crew have done an excellent job getting everything ready. The conditions on the course are ideal, with hard and compact snow and the weather forecast is looking good. We’re looking forward to a great week of training and a weekend of racing,” said Markus Waldner, Chief Race Director for the Men’s World Cup tour.

More snow showers are expected later tonight and temperatures are soon expected to plummet down to the teens and 20s (F), which means course conditions are very likely to stay in excellent shape throughout training and racing now through Dec. 3.

Men’s Downhill training begins Wednesday, Nov. 29, and a second training run is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30.

Super-G is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Dec. 1

Downhill is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 2

Giant Slalom is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Dec. 3

The Beaver Creek village is already coming alive with Beaver Creek mountain open for business, and preparations for the America’s Winter Opening celebrations gearing up, starting with teh 80s party with host Ted Ligety Thursday evening.

Learn more about the schedule HERE.

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