The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek will showcase over 700 athletes from more than 70 nations. These World Championships represent the largest and most impressive collection of ski racing talent in the world, second only to the Olympics.
Stadium seating at all races is free and open to the public. Spectators can access all races for free by bus, or by taking Trail 2015 (Beaver Creek Races). Spectators with a valid Vail/Beaver Creek lift ticket or pass may also ski to the races. Spectating at all races is free and does not require a ticket.
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Qualification scheduled for Saturday, February 14 at 10:15am (Run 1) and 2:15pm (Run 2)
Qualification Runs scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at 10:15am and 2:15pm
Race scheduled for Sunday, February 8 at 12:00pm
The most exciting event in alpine ski racing, Downhill racers attempt to be the fastest down the mountain through a minimum number of control gates. Speeds in Downhill often exceed 80 mph on major courses and require a hill with at least a 750-meter vertical drop.
Downhill racers must have two training runs on a course before each race, although the second training run may be waived.
Added to the World Cup calendar in 1983, Super-G was initially created in order to provide the Downhill specialists with an additional opportunity to score World Cup points, essentially giving the “speed” skiers two events, while the “technical” racers had Giant Slalom and Slalom.
A cross between Downhill and Giant Slalom, Super-G is a one-run event like Downhill, but with more frequent turns, similar to Giant Slalom. Unlike Downhill, however, there are no prior training runs for Super-G, just a racer inspection the morning of the race.
Introduced to the World Cup circuit in 2005, Alpine Combined (formerly known as Super Combined) melds one run of downhill and one run of slalom on the same day to showcase the skills of the all-around racers, able to handle both the speed and technical aspects of the sport.
The Alpine Combined not only tests a racer’s versatility, but also his or her stamina, with often less than two hours between the conclusion of the downhill leg and the start of the slalom segment.
A hybrid of the traditional combined event, which features one run of downhill and two runs of slalom on two separate days, the Super Combined was designed to be a spectator friendly competition, where the winner was determined by the lowest combined time for the two runs, rather than the previous complex mathematical formula.
*Men’s Alpine Combined | Feb. 8 | DH Run/SL Run | Beaver Creek
* Ladies’ Alpine Combined | Feb. 9 | DH Run/SL Run | Beaver Creek
Giant Slalom is the event characterized as being the discipline requiring the most technical skill, skiers race down the mountain through a faster and more open course than in Slalom, which requires the execution of many short, quick turns.
The number of gates in a Giant Slalom course is determined by the vertical drop of the hill. The event is staged in two runs, with the total time of each run added together to determine the final finish order.
In World Cup competition, the finish list from the first run is cut to the fastest 30 racers and reversed to determine the second run start order. In World Championships competition, the top 60 racers who finish the first run are allowed to take a second run, with the top 30 still reversed.
*Ladies’ Giant Slalom | Feb. 12 | Run 1/Run 2 | Beaver Creek
*Men’s Giant Slalom | Feb. 13 | Run 1/Run 2 | Beaver Creek
Requiring the quickest turns in all of ski racing, the slalom course is carefully designed to test the skill, timing, and judgment of competitors. The gates are placed in varying combinations, demanding great skill to achieve the best line of approach and exit with the different combinations. Contested in two runs, the competitor with the fastest combined time is declared the winner. Any skier that misses a gate is disqualified.
As with Giant Slalom, in World Cup competition, the top 30 racers in the first run are reversed to form the second run start list. In World Championships competition, the top 60 racers who finish the first run are allowed to take a second run, with the top 30 still reversed.
*Ladies’ Slalom | Sat. Feb. 14 | Run 1/Run 2 | Beaver Creek
*Men’s Slalom | Sun. Feb 15 | Run 1/Run 2 | Beaver Creek
NATIONS TEAM EVENT
The Nations Team Event race is the signature event of the World Championships. It is the only team race of the 11 medal events in the World Championships, and the race takes place in Vail. Sixteen teams of two men and two women will compete on a fast-paced, parallel GS course with two jumps in head-to-head match-ups. The teams with the most wins will advance to the next round.”
All 2015 World Championships racing events are free and open to the public, with the Red Tail Stadium featuring 3,500 total seats. The Beaver Creek racecourses feature a common mid-mountain finish area and can be accessed by shuttle bus service, with snowshoes, skis or snowboards. Concessions and restrooms are available at the Red Tail Stadium.
Parking & Getting to the Red Tail Stadium
Spectator parking is available in the complimentary parking lots (beginning with the Event Parking/Rodeo and Bear Lots) located at the base of Beaver Creek Resort and throughout Avon. For the World Championships, we will be employing outlying Park & Ride lots in order to accommodate as many race fans as possible.
Regularly scheduled free shuttles will bring spectators to the Covered Bridge stop in Beaver Creek Village where special the Race Finish Bus will take you to the Red Tail Stadium. Race shuttles run every 5-10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to the completion of that day’s race. Skis and snowboards are not permitted on the race shuttles.
From the shuttle drop location, there is a short hike to the Red Tail Stadium. ADA access to the venue is available upon request. Please allow one hour of travel time from the base of Beaver Creek Resort to the Red Tail Stadium in order to not miss any of the action!
Beaver Creek Mountain has a mid-mountain finish and all spectating areas in Vail & Beaver Creek can be accessed by skis or snowboard. Check back soon for detailed maps showcasing recommended viewing locations accessible by skiing/snowboarding. Please note a valid Vail or Beaver Creek lift ticket or Epic Pass is required to ride lifts needed to reach the Red Tail Stadium or designated on-hill viewing locations.
Spectator Viewing Areas: Beaver Creek
There are multiple spectator viewing areas available for race viewing in or near Red Tail Stadium. Red Tail Stadium is expected to reach capacity on many days. It is recommended that spectators arrive at the Stadium at least one-hour prior to race start to secure seating. A pre-race festival of fun will entertain guests until the racing action starts.
If you arrive late for a race, there are numerous spectating areas on the hill, or, accessible via a short walk from Red Tail Stadium. We recommend viewing from the Finish Line area, below the Jumbo Tron skiers right just above the VIP tents. This area is accessible by walking around the Talon’s building, and then uphill.
For additional spectating options, please review the spectator map below:
SNOWSHOE TO RED TAIL STADIUM
Join us on our unique Trail 2015, the only place to receive the Trail 2015 official pin of the day.
Spectators may snowshoe up and down Dally ski run (AKA “Trail 2015”) from Beaver Creek Village to Red Tail Stadium, 2,015 meters long, which is approximately a 30-45 minute hike. Atlas Snow-Shoe Co., our Official Snow Shoe Partner, will have demo tents set up at both the Start and Finish of the Trail providing free Snow Shoe demo’s to anyone who wants to hike up to the Race Stadium. Dally is located just west of Chair 6, coming from the direction of Larkspur Bowl. Trail 2015 can be accessed just west of the maze of Chair 6. Snowshoers will be sharing Dally run with skiers and snowboarders, please be aware of your surroundings. Please note that snowshoers are not allowed on Dally Road because of bus traffic.