Birds of Prey – Your Ski World Cup Weekend Guide!

For the second week in a row, the FIS Ski World Cup tour stops in the U.S.. This week it is the men’s turn at the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey. Celebrated by World Cup athletes and coaches as the number one overall stop, the Birds of Prey event is one that should be on your bucket list. Be prepared to watch the speedsters as well as the specialists with Downhill, Super-G, and GS events on the docket. Dubbed America’s Winter Opening, you can bet Beaver Creek is going to have one heck of a celebration and we at Fuxi Racing have put together a quick guide of events to help you plan and enjoy your World Cup weekend.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 29
10 AM | Downhill training

Thursday, November 30
10 AM | Downhill training
4 – 7 PM | Eighties Ski Welcome Party with Ted Ligety
4 – 6 PM | Flash your pass giveaway for Epic pass holders
5- 6 PM | Athlete signing with Teg Ligety at the 80’s party

Friday, December 1
10:45 AM – 3 PM | Men’s Super-G
12-6 PM | Birds of Prey Way
4 – 5 PM | Athlete signings with U.S. Ski Team at Gorsuch
5 PM | Warren Miller’s Line of Descent
8 PM | Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

Saturday, December 2
11 AM – 230 PM | Men’s Downhill
12 PM – 6 PM | Birds of Prey Way
3 – 6 PM | Beers of Prey, beer tasting in the heart Beaver Creek Village
4 PM | Athlete signings with the Norwegian Ski Team at Gorsuch
530 PM | Athlete signings with Spyder athletes at Beaver Creek Sports
8 PM | Warren Miller’s Line of Descent

Sunday, December 3
945 AM – 245 | Men’s GS
10 AM – 3 PM | Birds of Prey Way

There are a lot of story lines to follow at Beaver Creek. Last week, the Austrians, Italians, and Norwegians dominated the top ten in both Super G and Downhill in Lake Louise. Will the same be said for this weekend? Norwegian Aksel Svindal, who was third on the Downhill podium last week, has excelled at Birds of Prey, with 5 career wins. Italian Beat Feuz, last week’s downhill winner and holder of the downhill crown from the 2017 World Championships, snagged a bronze at Beaver Creek in 2015. In the Super-G, it would be unwise to not consider Austrian Hannes Reichelt for a spot on the podium; he has 3 World Cup Birds of Prey wins and a gold from the 2015 World Championships at Beaver Creek. As for the Americans, Bryce Bennett, Travis Ganong, Andrew Weibrecht, and Jared Goldberg all look to improve on their Lake Louise finishes.

Hungry to get back on the course, as evidenced by his controversial Sölden comments, American Ted Ligety is a strong favorite in Giant Slalom. The Birds of Prey course has been kind to him, with six career GS victories. In recent memory the Birds of Prey GS crown has went to one of two men, Ligety or Marcel Hirscher (Austria). When was the last time one of these two didn’t take the top spot on the podium? 2009 folks. Will this year be more of the same and shape up to be a Ligety-Hirscher showdown? With Hirscher’s recent injury and lack of time training on the new radius, it doesn’t appear it will be more of the same this year. Keep your eye on Alexis Pinturault to make a podium push. Who do you think will round out the GS top three?

Every ski racer should attend at least one World Cup event. Be on the lookout for Team Fuxi at Beaver Creek this weekend. Fuxi and his team will have big news to share with you. For those of you unable to attend, fear not! The Birds of Prey will air on NBC. See below for times and channel information.

1-2:30pm (EST), NBCSN

5-6:00pm (EST), NBC

5-6:00pm (EST), NBC

Enjoy your weekend of FIS Ski World Cup racing with the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey and the Women’s Downhill and Super-G in Lake Louise (also known as Lake Lindsey!). Stay tuned to our website and social media channels in the coming weeks for a big announcement! As always, you are welcome to come say hello to Team Fuxi at the Copper Mountain 1StopShop located inside Eagle BBQ, steps away from the American Eagle lift in Center Village.

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