Alpine World Ski Championships set to begin in Vail Valley

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A general view of the women’s downhill course from the start house ahead of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colo. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — For the first time in 16 years, the Alpine World Ski Championships are back at Vail and Beaver Creek, with events and concerts beginning Monday.

It’s the third time Vail is hosting the event; 1989 and 1999 were the others.

The two-week event will feature competitors from 70 countries, including locals Lindsey Vonn, the winningest woman in World Cup history, and Mikaela Shiffrin, the Olympic and world slalom champion.

Vonn is a medal favorite in super-G (Tuesday) and downhill (Friday). Shiffrin will participate in the slalom and giant slalom next week.

Opening ceremonies will be held at Championships Plaza at 7 p.m. Monday with the competition beginning in force Tuesday.

A huge International Broadcast Center was built in the finish area at Beaver Creek for the event, which will get plenty of TV coverage in the U.S. and around the world.

On Monday, training for the women’s downhill was delayed because of snow in the Vail Valley.

Besides the skiing, there are nightly medals ceremonies as well as numerous concerts and events in the town.

All of the events are free and open to the public with the Red Tail Stadium at the base of Beaver Creek Resort seating 3,500 spectators. There will be free shuttles to get to and from the stadium.

Full racing schedule

Women’s events on the Raptor Course; men’s events on the Birds of Prey Course

Monday, Feb. 2: Opening ceremonies at Championships Plaza, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3: Women’s super-G, 11 a.m.; men’s downhill training, 1:30 p.m.;

Wednesday, Feb. 4: Men’s super-G, 11 a.m.; women’s downhill training, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5: Women’s downhill training, 10 a.m.; men’s downhill training, 11 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 6: Women’s downhill, 11 a.m.; men’s downhill training, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7: Men’s downhill, 11 a.m.; women’s alpine combined training, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 8: Men’s alpine combined downhill run, 10 a.m.; women’s alpine combined training, noon; men’s alpine combined slalom run, 2:15 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9: Women’s alpine combined downhill run, 10 a.m.; women’s alpine combined slalom run, 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12: Men’s giant slalom qualification run No. 1, 10:15 a.m.; women’s giant slalom run No. 1, 10:15 a.m.; men’s giant slalom qualification run No. 2, 2:15 p.m.; women’s giant slalom run No. 2, 2:15 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13: Men’s giant slalom run No. 1, 10:15 a.m.; men’s giant slalom run No. 2, 2:15 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14: Women’s slalom run No. 1, 10:15 a.m.; men’s slalom qualification run No. 1, 10:15 a.m.; women’s slalom run No. 2, 2:15 p.m.; men’s slalom qualification run No. 2, 2:15 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15: Men’s slalom run No. 1, 10:15 a.m.; men’s slalom run No. 2, 2:30 p.m.; closing ceremonies at Red Tail Finish Stadium, 3:45 p.m.

 

 

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