Fresh Snow Forces Delayed Training Run for Beaver Creek Birds of Prey World Cup

02 December 2009
Beaver Creek, Colo.—Dec. 2, 2009— Overnight a winter storm blew into the Vail Valley dropping more than seven inches of fresh snow on the Birds of Prey race course at Beaver Creek. Due to the heavy snow, the downhill training run that was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning was rescheduled to 1: 30 p.m. today and the International Ski Federation (FIS) race organizers lowered the start to the men’s Giant Slalom start house.
Course volunteers and race officials will be working around the clock to remove the deep snow. Given the technical aspects of the course and the steep terrain, even with hundreds of volunteers and grooming machines, it’s very difficult to remove all of the snow. At the bottom of the steep pitches, reports from course workers indicate snow piles were several feet deep.
The 2009 Audi Birds of Prey kicks off on Friday with the Super Combined event which includes one run of downhill and one run of slalom. Start time is 11 a.m. for the downhill run and 2:30 p.m. for the slalom run.  The premier event, men’s Downhill takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday followed by the Giant Slalom on Sunday. This is the only domestic stop on the men’s World Cup circuit this year, providing ski racing fans with the best opportunity to see the men compete on their road to the Olympics.
All races are free and open to the public and on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. fans are invited to a public bib presentation, torch ski down and an autograph session with US Ski Team athletes. For complete details on Birds of Prey action visit
Beaver Creek Resort is offering 368 acres of terrain including 18 trails, one terrain park and 12 lifts for skiers and snowboarders. For details on great vacation packages visit

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Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and the consumer website is


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