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Alpine World Championships Underway At Snowy Vail/Beaver Creek; Downhill Training, Opening Ceremonies Monday

Preparations at WorldsThe first training run of the much anticipated women's downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Vail/Beaver Creek was postponed from Monday morning until 1 p.m. because of snowy weather. Temps are about 20 degrees. Men's and women's Giant Slalom free skiing has been cancelled for the day. Chances of more snow are good through Wednesday.

The training runs for downhill -- the most exciting event in alpine ski racing -- are fun to watch so take weather delays in stride. Keep your eye (of course) on American superstar Lindsey Vonn, Austrian Anna Fenniger and Slovenian Tina Maze. There are other American women who could slip into the top 10, so also watch veterans Julia Mancuso and Stacey Cook. The downhill itself is set for Friday.

Opening Ceremonies are scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. in Championships Plaza (Solaris). Gates open at 5 p.m. Get to the venue early if you're in the valley to secure your viewing location and pick up the pin of the day. There is no admission charge and very large crows is anticipated.

Last minute lodging is available, but it won't come cheap. The Championship website touts availability at  Westwind condos (2 bed/2 bath) for $539 calling it "low, low, low rate) and at The Lodge at Vail tower (one bedroom( including breakfast at $849 per night. 

NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports plan a record 28 hours of coverage during the Championships. Coverage begins Tuesday with the women’s super G and Vonn again at center stage. Click here for the schedule.

SnoCountry.com is the place to be for daily updates, results, and features throughout the Championships.

Photo: Preparations are done and World Alpine Championships are underway in Colorado (U.S. Ski Team)


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