The Talon Crew is an intensely dedicated and experienced group of volunteers who strive to produce the best Audi FIS Ski Men’s World Cup race course. Partnering with the Vail Valley Foundation, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort (home of the 1989, 1999, and 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships) and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, the Talon Crew finds itself on the icy slopes of the Birds of Prey building fence and installing safety devices, watering, preparing a race-ready surface, and providing course maintenance every winter. The Birds of Prey racecourse is known as one of the best in the world and our volunteer Talon Crew has become legendary in the ski world.

The Stifel Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup event is hosted each December by the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation (VVF). The VVF has a mission to provide leadership in arts, athletics and education, and address community needs to enhance our valley as a place to live, work and visit. Learn more at vvf.org.

Interested in volunteering for the Talon Crew for the 2024 event? Please complete our interest form here,
and we will keep you informed as we have more information about the 2024 event.

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The Talon Crew is part of the highly talented course crew that is tasked with building “North America’s Downhill”. This team is comprised of the VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION, BEAVER CREEK MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS, US SKI & SNOWBOARD, SKI & SNOWBOARD CLUB VAIL and the TALON CREW.


When you register online using our volunteer portal, Rosterfy, we will use that email address to send you confirmations, schedules, and newsletter updates. We will use your cell phone number if we need to reach you by phone. We also have a good text messaging system and we strongly encourage you to opt-in for this service. As weather and course conditions can often dictate schedule changes, we will first use text messaging to communicate this. We also use text messaging to send you a reminder the day before your are scheduled for a shift. You can also always login to your volunteer profile to view your schedule and additional information.

Email is our primary form of communicating to you with confirmations and newsletters. You need to have a valid email address in order to participate in Talon Crew. We also send daily schedule reminders via email, the day before your next scheduled shift.

During registration, please opt in to receive text messages. You may also opt in through your Rosterfy account.


Like Birds of Prey World Cup and the Talon Crew on Facebook to share photos, keep up to date with the social schedule and stay in touch with your fellow crew members.



Follow Birds of Prey World Cup and Talon Crew on Instagram to see photo highlights from the event


We will have the Official Talon Crew Photographer, Curtis Ghent, on the hill to capture shots of you, our hard working volunteers, in action. Our goal is to make high quality portraits and group photos available to you, for free, so that you can easily access and download them and either print or share them on your social media. You can check out the daily photographs at Flickr


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The nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation, Local Organizing Committee for the Stifel Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup, would like to sincerely thank all of its volunteers especially the Talon Crew for their countless hours of service to help make this event a success. We could not do this without YOU.