As the world prepares for the Sochi Olympics, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships’ clock was also be ticking for Vail and Beaver Creek on Saturday, February 1, as the two resorts hosted “Countdown 2-15” festivities to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the world’s best skiers return to the Vail Valley.
Beaver Creek’s Countdown 2-15 activities took place on the mountain to represent the 2015 racing component, while the Vail segment was hosted at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village, with timing set to mirror the start of the Championships’ Opening Ceremony.
Both daytime and evening activities drew hundreds of fans as participants had the opportunity to sign a community Good Luck banner for all the 11 Vail Valley athletes that are participating in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The banner will be taken to Sochi by members of the 2015 Organizing Committee.
The evening ceremony also featured the renaming and dedication of Solaris Plaza as Championships Plaza, which will play host to all of the official medals presentations during 2015 World Championships, along with nightly free concerts.
The celebration also included the official debut of the 2015 World Championships mascots and the starting of the World Championships Countdown Clock, which will display the hours, minutes and second remaining until the world returns for the 2015 Championships. The evening concluded with a fireworks show over Vail Mountain.