New chairlifts, lodging renovations, “re-imagined” food service and a “one-of-a-kind” snowmaking upgrade highlights an announcement from Vail Resorts President and CEO Rob Katz that the company is spending $85 million for 2014-15.
American ski racing fans will have unprecedented coverage of the International Ski Federation’s 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek as the result of a media partnership announced by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports.
Flush from a powder-filled winter this season, a number of resorts in the Colorado Rockies are rewarding forward thinkers with deals on season passes for 2014-2015.
Beaver Creek Resort will replace the existing Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6) with a new high-speed, state-of-the-art combination lift this summer.
It was a day at Beaver Creek, Colo. that may well have set the stage for Olympic drama in February. American champion Ted Ligety won his fourth straight Audi FIS World Cup Giant Slalom pushed by the USA’s Bode Miller coming back from a year off recovering from injury.
The Lindsey Vonn recovery watch continues and it looks better every day for the American champion as she rebounds from injury and pushes toward Sochi. Vonn finished 11th in the second weekend downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta, leaping 29 spots from Friday’s 40th place result on her more cautious first race day back.
America’s Lindsey Vonn finally began what she hopes will be a two-month return to glory in February in the Sochi Winter Olympics. Vonn finished 40th at Lake Louise, Canada on a course she has dominated. But, all that mattered this time was she’s back.
UPDATE 12/5: Lindsey Vonn will definitely return to the race course Friday (Dec. 6) for the first of two downhills at Lake Louise. She skipped the second training run, saying she has the course “dialed in.”
The Town of Vail, Colo. is looking for 2014 budget approval to install at least 24 surveillance cameras in the Village and in Lionshead for use at special events such as the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Champions, according to a report in the Vail Daily newspaper.
Many season passes add extra value through discounted rentals, food, ski shop apparel, and other perks, but several Heartland season passes also include alliances with western and eastern ski resorts. Check them out. There are some good benefits if you’re planning a ski vacation outside the Midwest this winter.
Air Canada will offer direct Saturday flights from Toronto to the Eagle County Regional Airport, serving Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. The airport is about 30 minutes from both resorts.
World Cup schedules for U.S. stops have been approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and each one will have implications for selections to U.S. Olympic teams in alpine and freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Sochi Olympics in February.