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Are Vail and BC going to be open during the FIS World Championships?

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Meaning, are regular people allowed to ski during the times that the competitions are going on?  What is it usually like at resorts when big events like this are going on?  Does it keep the crowds down, or make it even worse?

 

I'll be in Breckenridge the first week in Feb and we're thinking of heading over to catch one of the races but I'd also like to give either Vail or BC a try myself, too.

 

Thanks!

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I'll be at Vail the first week of February and I can let you know then... :D

 

I've actually been wondering the same myself - that week all the races are at BC, and there are just some ceremonies and awards going on in Vail village that week. 

 

In any case, I've seen and read about other race events at Vail or BC, and they take up so little space compared to the reset of the resort that it seems to me you could potentially not notice they're there once you're out on the mountain.

 

I don't know what it does to crowds though, so I'm curious about that. 

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Yes both resorts were open during wc. There is A main grandstand that holds 30000 people there. Vip another 5000 or more. A couple huge big screens at the bottom because it's very hard to get close to the course if your not working a section of it. At wc race had I think 45 cameras. For world championships, over 200 I have heard. This wc at beaver creek was the best I have ever seen. World championships should be even better. If ya haven't booked in yet, I say good luck and call friends and crash on the floor, but try anyways it never hurts. If ya have to stay an hour away, do it! Please enjoy our valley of fun and see ya all in Feb.
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Yes both resorts were open during wc. There is A main grandstand that holds 30000 people there. Vip another 5000 or more. A couple huge big screens at the bottom because it's very hard to get close to the course if your not working a section of it. At wc race had I think 45 cameras. For world championships, over 200 I have heard. This wc at beaver creek was the best I have ever seen. World championships should be even better. If ya haven't booked in yet, I say good luck and call friends and crash on the floor, but try anyways it never hurts. If ya have to stay an hour away, do it! Please enjoy our valley of fun and see ya all in Feb.

 

Thanks for the info! But I'll probably be trying to mostly ignore the WC and just do my own skiing... any idea how it affects how crowded the mountain is away from the actual event?

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Was at the 98 Olympics... The area other than the race venues, a gate training hill, and a wax testing area was pretty mellow. If you're going to be there during the event, it'd be a shame not to try to at least see some of these guys/gals free ski. I got to ride the chair with several folks and had a really nice conversation with Pernilla Wiberg.
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There are runs next to the event that are open but, I say, if ya get get caught going into trees to see event hillside next to the run, I say at the big jumps such and get caught you will lose pass and get black listed I have heard. I used to watch it at the big jump hillside and they did away with that a couple of years ago. This is one of the toughest dh's in the the world! Now they made it spectator World Cup event at the bottom and the best I have seen ever! It's not like Europe where one can be lined up next to it like the Tour de France. People have really ended their careers here. Now they are really picky who works in the difficult areas of the runs. Enjoy the bottom like the rest of us. Ya can't see the whole run from bottom just parts. That's why they have all the cameras and the big huge big screens. Like I said, best race I have seen in 12 years of being here. You will see pros in the village commuting to n fro the events and practice. At the bottom of the grandstand pros do interviews and ya can see them really close. I really can't wait for it to go down.
I hope I helped ya! Oh by way yes the rest of all hills is open and less crowed. At bc we will see.
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Curlydubs (go Nats!) and dbostedo,  I hope to be skiing Vail and BC much of the first two weeks of Feb and also want to spectate at a few WC races.  Maybe we need a reunion of refugees from the Old Dominion out there?

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Curlydubs (go Nats!) and dbostedo,  I hope to be skiing Vail and BC much of the first two weeks of Feb and also want to spectate at a few WC races.  Maybe we need a reunion of refugees from the Old Dominion out there?

 

Hah! Looks like everyone from Virginia on here is going out there. :)

 

I'd be happy to meet up, except that I'm going to be there with 6 other folks, and we only have 3 days of skiing planned... already going to be pretty tight and hectic.

 

But if anyone ever wants to hit a local place in VA or PA, other than the first week of February, I'd be game. 

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Hah! Looks like everyone from Virginia on here is going out there. :)

 

I'd be happy to meet up, except that I'm going to be there with 6 other folks, and we only have 3 days of skiing planned... already going to be pretty tight and hectic.

 

But if anyone ever wants to hit a local place in VA or PA, other than the first week of February, I'd be game. 

Yep same here....traveling party of 4, and that includes my pregnant wife and our non-skiing moms that are in their mid-60s!  So needless to say we are not going to be party animals or anything like that.

 

And yes, go Nats!  Love the Scherzer signing!

 

Thanks for the info from the locals, sounds like skiing at BC and/or Vail during the races will be doable.  Might be kind of cool.  Like I said I'll be the only one skiing in my party and we'll only be heading over there from Breck for one day, so it would be a shame if I missed a chance to ski one of these places....even if only for a few hours.  My initial plan was maybe get there first thing and ski until the races, then come back down gthe hill to meet up with the fam.  Then maybe hit a few more runs while they get lunch and then head over to Vail for the awards and stuff.  Really excited.  I mean, the main point of our trip is Breck, but this is quite a nice diversion for a day, especially since I'm the only one skiing in our party.

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Our family trip begins 1/31 as well... we stay in Avon, CO, ski out of Lionshead Village (wife's pick).  Two daughters (9 and 11) skiing as well.  They're hoping for a "glimpse" of Lindsey Vonn at Vail (and I wouldnt divert my eyes either, should paths cross).

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I'm getting excited--it will be here before you know it!

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Several Thanksgivings ago, I was seated at a U-shaped bar, which surrounds the kitchen area, in a small breakfast place in Lionshead Village when I sensed someone "large" sitting down next to me.  The sight of this person was creating quite a reaction on the part of the people sitting across from me, so I looked to see who it was, and it was Lindsey Vonn.  I'm an average size man but I have to say sitting next to her, I felt rather diminutive.  She was, well, quite powerful looking. Lots of obvious strength from waist down!

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