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Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby just edges out U.S. slalom ace Mikaela Shiffrin at Beaver Creek World Cup GS

Close race on Birds of Prey course

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Mikaela Shiffrin on track for a second-place finish at the World Cup GS race at Beaver Creek. Photo by Kim Fenske.

FRISCO — Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby skied two near-perfect runs to take the World Cup GS at Beaver Creek Sunday, but U.S. slalom ace Mikaela Shiffrin wasn’t far off the pace. Cheered on by the hometown crowd, Shiffrin snagged her first GS podium after dominating the slalom circuit last season. Shiffrin’s previous best GS result was a sixth in Soelden, Austria to open the 2014 Olympic season. Tina Weirather (Liechtenstein) took the third podium spot. Continue reading

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Lindsey Vonn snags World Cup downhill trophy

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn holds the crystal globe she won for taking the season-long Audi FIS World Cup downhill title in 2010 after the final downhill race of the season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)

Colorado racer earns coveted title with secon-place finish in Italy

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail’s Lindsey Vonn continued to strengthen her position as one of the best speed event ski racers in recent years by winning this season’s World Cup downhill title just one day after nabbing the super-combined trophy.

Vonn finished second to Sweden’s Anja Parson Saturday in the next-to-last downhill of the season at Tarvisio, Italy, taking an insurmountable 143-point lead over Germany’s Maria Riesch. Continue reading

Open house for Beaver Creek ski area upgrades

A scoping map shows some of the proposed improvements at Beaver Creek.

Forest Service sees upcoming 2015 ski event as a chance to showcase national forest lands

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The public will have a chance to learn more about plans to add new trails and improve existing facilities at Beaver Creek during a Jan. 6 open house at the Avon library (5:30 p.m.), when Forest Service personnel and resort staff will be on hand to discuss the proposed improvements, review maps, and answer specific questions from the public. More info on the Forest Service website.

The project proposal, designed to enhance and sustain Beaver Creek’s ability to provide a world-class venue for Alpine ski events in preparation for the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.

“We welcome the public to join us to learn more about Beaver Creek’s proposals and how they are seeking to enhance the visitor experience,” said Dave Neely, District Ranger for the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District. “Beaver Creek’s position as the only alpine ski racing World Cup venue in the United States that is entirely held on public land provides unique opportunities for us to partner and showcase the resort and the National Forest”.

Proposed improvements include:

  • A new women’s downhill racecourse
  • A women’s giant slalom racecourse using portions of existing ski trails on Grouse Mountain
  • Modifications to the existing men’s downhill racecourse
  • Replacement of Red Tail Camp and expanded finish area
  • A new domestic water tank to supply the new Red Tail Camp facility and Beano’s Cabin

Over the coming months the Forest Service will continue a review under NEPA planning direction to consider potential biological and social effects that may result from implementation of the Beaver Creek Improvements project as proposed.  This analysis will be presented in an Environmental Impact Statement scheduled to be completed with a formal Record of Decision during the winter of 2011/12.

Travel: Father and son with World Cup fever

In celebration of the 2010 World Cup, starting in a couple of days in South Africa, we’re reprinting a travel story from four years ago, when Summit Voice editor and publisher Bob Berwyn and his son, Dylan, enjoyed some first-hand Cup action during a trip through Germany, Austria and France.

Poland and Armenia line up before the start of a Euro 2008 qualifying match. PHOTO COURTESY THE WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

By Bob Berwyn

We know we’re about to dive into the midst of World Cup madness even while our plane is still far out over the Atlantic. Instead of telling us about the weather at our destination, the pilot gives updates on the first game of the tournament. When he announces the score of the opener – Germany 4, Costa Rica 2 – most of the passengers cheer, setting the tone for the landing at Frankfurt International Airport.

Soccer fever is running high, and even the normally stone-faced security guards and customs officials crack wide smiles as fans from around the globe throng through the portals. The guy who checks our passports is wearing a Brazil bracelet, and the final inspector waves us through with a big grin and without so much as a glance at my backpack: “Willkommen in Deutschland. Viel Spass!”

Dylan, my 8-year-old son, marvels at the riot of colorful jerseys, T-shirts, flags, hats and balls, and immediately starts calculating how many souvenirs he’ll be able to carry back. I see it as a teachable moment, and I’m hoping that by the end of our trip, he’ll recognize the 32 flags of the countries participating in the tournament and know how to locate them on a map. Continue reading

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