Even though Beaver Creek Mountain opened for skiers and snowboarders last week, everybody knows that the season does not really start until Birds of Prey World Cup races hit town. As of today the races are underway, the lifts are running and the après-ski parties are in full swing.
Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey World Cup events are not only visitors most anticipated early season attraction, but also favorite World Cup stop for athletes and coaches. The challenging Birds of Prey race course attracts skiers from around the world competing in super-G, Downhill, and Giant Slalom races. Beaver Creek is the only men's World Cup stop in the U.S., so if you want to experience a true ski racing party, Euro-style, head up to Red Tail Stadium. With cow bells ringing, people chanting, bloody maries being served, crisp mountain air all around and some great ski racing underway, there is no better way to start your day.The Downhill race starts on Saturday at 11AM and Giant Slalom is scheduled for Sunday with run 1 at 9:30AM and run 2 at 12:45PM. Free shuttle service is available from the the covered bridge to the World Cup stands.
When it comes to World Cup ski racing, it is hard to say if ski racing or parting is the main event. Beaver Creek is no exception. Birds of Prey Way starts at noon at Beaver Creek Village and it features Expo Village with multiple sponsor tents where you can find anything from loud cow bells to high tech ski gear and many giveaways. The Pumphouse Bar by the ice rink opens at noon as well serving up libations from Korbel, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, and Svedka. If you decide you do not want to give up your cozy seat by fire pit you can still enjoy the races as they are being streamed in Beaver Creek Village. Beers of Prey is the big après-ski party that you do not want to miss. The beer tasting starts at 3PM on Saturday in Beaver Creek Village and features exclusive limited releases and fan favorite brews. Other fun evening activities include athlete autograph signing, live music at the square and Warren Miller’s Line of Descent showing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Do not miss the kettle curling at the ice rink, too.
All the ski racing will probably make you want to go out for a few turns. Beaver Creek has enough terrain open to satisfy your early season ski cravings. Centennial lift and Buckaroo gondola are running offering beginner and intermediate terrain. Also ski school is open with lessons for all skill levels.