SCHEDULE 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.

*Note: Race schedule is preliminary and subject to change. All times listed are Mountain Standard Time.

  • Men’s Competition
  • Women’s Competition
  • Medal Ceremony
DATE EVENT TIME
Monday Feb 02 Opening/Medal Ceremonies TBD Golden Peak Stadium / Vail
Ladies’ Downhill Training TBD Raptor / Beaver Creek
Tuesday Feb 03 Men’s Downhill Training TBD Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Ladies Super-G 11am Raptor / Beaver Creek
Wednesday Feb 04 Men’s Super G 11am Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Ladies’ Downhill Training TBD Raptor / Beaver Creek
Thursday Feb 05 Men’s Downhill Training TBD Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Ladies’ Downhill Training TBD Raptor / Beaver Creek
Friday Feb 06 Ladies’ Downhill 11am Raptor / Beaver Creek
Men’s Downhill Training TBD Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris Plaza / Vail
Saturday Feb 07 Men’s Downhill 11am Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Ladies’ Downhill Training TBD Raptor / Beaver Creek
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris / Vail
Sunday Feb 08 Ladies’ Super Combined 10am Raptor / Beaver Creek
Men’s SC DH Training TBD Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris / Vail
Monday Feb 09 Men’s Super Combined 10am Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris / Vail
Tuesday Feb 10 Nations Team Event  2:15pm
Wednesday Feb 11 Reserve Day TBD
Thursday Feb 12 Ladies’ Giant Slalom 10:15am Raptor / Beaver Creek
Men’s GS Qualifying TBD Golden Peak / Vail
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris / Vail
Friday Feb 13 Men’s Giant Slalom 10:15am Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris / Beaver Creek
Saturday Feb 14 Ladies’ Slalom 10:15am Raptor / Beaver Creek
Men’s SL Qualifying TBD Golden Peak / Vail
Medal Ceremony TBD Solaris / Vail
Sunday Feb 15 Men’s Slalom 10:15am Birds of Prey / Beaver Creek
Medal Ceremony TBD Red Tail Stadium / Beaver Creek
Closing Ceremonies TBD Red Tail Stadium / Beaver Creek

RACE GUIDE

DOWNHILL

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.

SUPER-G

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.

SUPER COMBINED

Introduced to the World Cup circuit in 2005, 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 Super 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.

GIANT SLALOM

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 Olympic or World Championships competition, all racers who finish the first run are allowed to take a second run, with the top 30 still reversed.

SLALOM

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 Olympic or World Championships competition, all racers who finish the first run are allowed to take a second run, with the top 30 still reversed.

SPECTATOR INFO

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 Bear Lot) 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 race shuttles 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!

Ski/Snowboard Access

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.

Snowshoe Access

Spectators may snowshoe up the Beaver Lake Trail from Beaver Creek Village to the Red Tail Stadium, which is approximately a 30-45 minute hike. Beaver Lake Trail is located just west of Dally Road and can be accessed from Village Road, just after the Beaver Creek Chapel. For a more scenic route, take Lost Buck Trail to Village-To-Village Trail, approximately a 75-90 minute hike. Please note that snowshoers are not allowed on Dally Road because of bus traffic.