Spectator access will make for great FIS ski event

When it comes to getting the best seat in the house for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg or a second mortgage on your home.

In fact, it won’t cost you a thing as organizers have announced spectator access to the men’s and women’s competitions will be free of charge.

The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are scheduled for
Feb. 2-15 at Vail and Beaver Creek. For more information, go to http://www.vailbeavercreek2015.com.

The races will showcase more than 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.

The Vail and Beaver Creek finish stadiums will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with standing areas also extending up alongside the race courses from the stadium.

“Providing free spectator access to the races has been a part of our overall plan since winning the championships,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 Organizing Committee. “One of the original goals that we set for ourselves as an organizing committee was to make these championships as easily accessible as possible to promote the sport of skiing as widely as possible.”

To help racers and race-viewers get access to Beaver Creek, Vail Resorts has announced plans to replace the Centennial Express high-speed quad chairlift at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain with a new Doppelmayr high-speed, state-of-the-art combination lift for the 2014-15 ski season.

The new, six-passenger lift will boost uphill capacity by 35 percent and carry up to 3,400 people per hour in a combination six-passenger chair and 10-person gondola configuration.

Installation is scheduled to begin this month, and the new lift is expected to be ready for the 2014-15 ski season and the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.


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