Beaver Creek is known for its luxury and elegance and being a world-class resort to visit. It also is well recognized in international ski circles for hosting the top World Cup skiers in the world at major events. Those athletes, along with U.S. stars such as Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht, will rocket down the Birds of Prey downhill course for the Birds of Prey World Cup, Dec. 3-5, 2010.

This is the only United States stop on the World Cup men's tour.

Ski racing fans from around the world will visit the Vail Valley to watch the race. You'll know the Europeans by the cowbells they will be ringing. The finish arena is spectator friendly with a jumbo-tron TV airing all the action. It's a lively event to watch, if you've never seen a world-class ski race, as the athletes have no fear of charging down a steep and icy course at speeds of more than 80 mph. The race is less than two minutes of adrenalin-pumping excitement. It's worth the visit to watch it.

Beaver Creek and Vail also are hosting the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. The announcement was made in May by the International Ski Federation (FIS). It is the third FIS World Championships for the resorts, which previously hosted the competitions in 1989 and 1999.

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