It may still be two years away but plans for the Vail/Beaver Creek, CO 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are well underway as officials from the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Vail Valley Foundation, Tridem Sports, EBU, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association wrapped up two days of Coordination Committee meetings Wednesday in Vail.
"This is a terrific process to work directly with organizers and to have everyone around the table providing value," said Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the FIS. "The ability to have all parties working together allows us all to uphold the value of the World Championships as the premier event outside the Olympics."
Coordination Committee meetings are held with World Championship organizers twice a year. The group last met in December during the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek and this week Vail Resorts vent organizers gave a detailed tour of the Birds of Prey finish area, outlining proposed plans for upgrades to the existing finish stadium and creation of a new women's downhill course.
While most of the competition events will be held in Beaver Creek, it is anticipated that Vail will become the epicenter for fans, with key events at Golden Peak and daily medal ceremonies located in the heart of Vail Village. FIS officials were especially excited about the opportunities presented by Vail's Golden Peak venue that will play host to the opening ceremony, qualifying events and the Nation's Team Event.
The World Championships are set for Feb. 3-15, 2015. FIS will meet again with organizers this fall.