Lack of snow forces cancellation of FIS World Cup at Beaver Creek

AVON, Colo. — Despite Thursday’s snowstorm in Denver and the mountains, fall has been mostly dry across Colorado.

On Thursday, the International Ski Federation announced it was canceling the Audi Birds of Prey FIS World Cup at Beaver Creek.

Beaver Creek Resort is still scheduled for a Wednesday opening day, assuming snow in the mountains continues.

This year marks 50 years of FIS Ski World Cup, and Vail was one of the original sites on the tour, hosting a giant slalom in March 1967.

The Vail Valley Foundation has held World Cup ski racing in Beaver Creek since 1988, and specifically on the Birds of Prey course since 1997.

“Beaver Creek typically has some of the best early season conditions in the world and a remarkably sophisticated snow making system. However, the cold weather did not come in time this year,” said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation. “ We now look forward to hosting our beloved Birds of Prey World Cup ski race in 2017.”