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Preparations under way for 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey

Things turn out well when Mother Nature and humankind collaborate. Case in point are the preparations for the 2019 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Beaver Creek, where man-made snow and natural snow are combining to create ideal early-season conditions ahead of the annual, legendary World Cup ski races.

“When the best racers in the world get together, we want to provide them with the best race course in the world, and that’s what we’re doing here in Beaver Creek once again this year,” said Tom Boyd, spokesperson for the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation, which organizes the event each year. “Cold temps and early snowfall are extremely helpful for that process, and the hard work from the Birds of Prey Event Crew are capitalizing on these conditions to create what’s widely regarded as one of the best courses in the world.”

The Xfinity Birds of Prey races are well-loved around the world, and have been voted No. 1 overall in an independent survey of athletes and coaches. International fans, athletes, coaches and technicians arrive in Beaver Creek around Dec. 1 in preparation for downhill race training scheduled for Dec. 3-5. Then the races get under way Dec. 6:

Race Schedule
Dec. 6   Super G            10:45 a.m.
Dec. 7   Downhill           11 a.m.
Dec. 8   Giant Slalom     9:45 a.m.

Beaver Creek Village will come alive with a jam-packed weekend of events including a welcome party, a silent disco presented by TIAA Bank, the always-delightful Beers of Prey beer tasting presented by Ballast Point, live music, Warren Miller movie screenings and more. Events will take place in Beaver Creek Village Thursday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 8. See the full schedule of events at bcworldcup.com.

The event is organized by the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation in partnership with FIS, United States Ski and Snowboard, Vail Resorts, the Beaver Creek Resort Company, Beaver Creek ski resort, Xfinity, and TIAA Bank.

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