BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (CBS4) – The snow in the high country is good news for the ski resorts as many wrap up their season this weekend. But the offseason will be very busy at Beaver Creek as the resort prepares to host the 2015 World Championships for Alpine Skiing.
“With the math we have right now we think that it’s the, if not one of the steepest Super G courses in the world,” said Greg Johnson, Beaver Creek Director of Mountain Operations
With millions of people across the world expected to tune in, Beaver Creek knew establishing a world-class women’s course was essential. Fourteen acres of trees were cut down to set up the daunting and steep run.
“Right below us is the Golden Eagle Pump House and we knew right from the beginning this would be a very unique part of this trail, and it’s very challenging, it gets very tight in the bottom,” Johnson said.
The segment has a pitch of 80 percent and the whole course is practically ice.
“This trail is just consistently steep … from the Super G start all the way down here, and so athletically it’s going to be a really physical test,” Johnson said.
Skiers are expected to reach speeds only seen on the interstate.
When CBS4’s Jeff Todd got a tour several of the women from the U.S. Ski Team were getting their first-ever glimpse of the course as well.
“It’s pretty technical … and that’s something special that we don’t really see too often on the World Cup circuit,” U.S Ski Team member Laurenne Ross said.
U.S. Ski Team members say the only thing more impressive than the course is the opportunity to race it in the U.S.
“Having it here is going to mean a lot to us and it’s going to be really cool as a team,” Ross said.
Vail locals like Lindsey Vonn and teen phenom Mikaela Shiffrin say the opportunity is one of a lifetime.
“If all goes well then I’ll be racing here and I’m so excited to race at home in the middle of the season,” Shiffrin said.
The world championships will take place for two weeks in February of 2015. The event will bring in tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.