Colorado’s historically warm November is leaving one of the most classic races on the World Cup circuit with nowhere to go, leaving FIS officials with no other choice than to cancel the Bird’s Of Prey events @BeaverCreek reports the US Ski Team.
The Bird’s Of Prey course has been North America’s crown jewel since its inception as an official FIS World Cup venue in 1997. The race has only been canceled one time before (2010) due to abnormally strong winds and was subsuently rescheduled for Kvitfjell.
“Beaver Creek, Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation’s exceptional track record of delivering the classic men’s downhill each December is a reflection of their unwavering dedication to putting on a great event for the athletes. The Birds of Prey World Cup is a highlight for our entire organization each season and we look forward to returning to Beaver Creek in 2017.”– Calum Clark, USSA Vice President Of Events
Still, Beaver Creek plans to open to the skiing public on November 23rd. The FIS has yet to announce a rescheduled venue at this point.
Find the entire US Ski Team release here: FIS Cancels Birds of Prey