Birds of Prey, Beaver Creek Racecourse



Beaver Creek Mountain is home to the formidable Birds of Prey racecourse.

The 2021 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races will feature two Super-G races and two Downhill races.


The Birds of Prey was the Men's racecourse for the 2015 World Championships. It is regarded as one of the most difficult Downhill courses in the world and features a vertical drop of 757 meters. With lower starting gates, it is also used for Super-G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom races.

The Birds of Prey is host to the only Men's Alpine Skiing World Cup event in the United States.

Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships. Designed by Olympic Downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi of Switzerland, Birds of Prey starts west of the top of Chair 8 and finishes at the bottom of Red Tail at the confluence of Chairs 10 and 11. The course features a vertical drop of 710 meters and contains an average gradient of 27 percent, increasing to 45 percent in the middle of the course and again in the final third of the course.

The first competition on Birds of Prey took place December 2-6, 1997, with a pair of Men’s World Cup Downhill races and a men’s World Cup Super-G.

The fastest World Cup or World Championships Downhill race time ever recorded on Birds of Prey is 1:39.59, set in 2003 by the U.S. Ski Team’s Daron Rahlves.



Previous Birds of Prey Downhill and Super-G Winners


1997

DH Kristian Ghedina, ITA

DH Andreas Schifferer, AUT

SG Hermann Maier, AUT

1999

DH Hermann Maier, AUT

SG Hermann Maier, AUT

2000

DH Hermann Maier, AUT

SG Fredrik Nyberg, SWE

2002

DH Stephan Eberharter, AUT

SG Didier Cuche, SUI

2003