The Beaver Creek World Cup has been canceled as of Thursday evening due to “warm temperatures, lack of snow and unfavorable weather forecasts,” according to official FIS communications. Speculation has been swirling all week as to whether or not the venue would be able to pull off the race given the unseasonably warm weather in Colorado. Despite a snowstorm that hit the area today, there will not be enough of the white stuff to host Birds of Prey.
“Beaver Creek typically has some of the best early season conditions in the world and a remarkably sophisticated snowmaking system. However, the cold weather did not come in time this year,” said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation.
A representative from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association echoed Imhof’s comments.
“In the business of ski racing, we sometimes are faced with challenges that are simply beyond our control,” said USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “Beaver Creek, Vail Resorts and the Vail Valley Foundation’s exceptional track record of delivering the classic men’s downhill each December is a reflection of their unwavering dedication to putting on a great event for the athletes. The Birds of Prey World Cup is a highlight for our entire organization each season and we look forward to returning to Beaver Creek in 2017.”
The FIS is working to reschedule the race this season, but they have not officially announced a venue or date. This news comes shortly after the announcement that the men’s races in Lake Louise were canceled due to similar conditions.