As the dust begins to settle from the recently completed Beaver Creek World Cup Weeks, it is time to take stock of how “we” scored on our “test event” for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Needless to say, there were a number of “firsts” that transpired during the racing in Beaver Creek. It was the debut of Raptor as a World Cup racecourse and the new Talons Restaurant as a Media Center. We introduced elements of the 2015 accreditation system and stress tested the new fiber backbone that was installed this past summer on Beaver Creek Mountain.
In addition, we conducted a test drive of Solaris Plaza as the 2015 Medals Plaza with the men’s bib presentation, experimented with direct shuttles from Avon to the Red Tail Finish Stadium and integrated some of our 2015 EUROVISION television production team into this year’s first-ever live broadcasts.
And…we were able to give a great many new volunteers an up-close-and-personal view of what the 2015 World Championships are going to be like on a wide variety of levels. We got to deal with removing significant amounts of snow from the racecourse…on several different occasions…and transported sizeable crowds to and from the competitions.
In addition to the competitions, this year’s World Cup Weeks also featured the World Broadcaster’s Meeting and the 2015 International Sponsor Summit, both of which received high marks from their participants.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone that played a role in helping to produce the Beaver Creek World Cups these past two weeks. You are all winners and we look forward to travelling the final mile with all of you as we prepare to welcome the world back to the Vail Valley for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in just 14 months.