2015 Vail Beaver Creek Winning Bid

About the 2015 Bid

The Vail Valley officially threw its hat back in the ring as a candidate for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on May 1 of 2009 as the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association submitted Vail/Beaver Creek as the official U.S. Candidate for the 2015 Championships. The Vail Valley played host to the 1989 and 1999 FIS World Championships and has been a part of the FIS Alpine World Cup since the circuit’s inception in 1967.

In addition to Vail/Beaver Creek, other candidates for the 2015 FIS World Championships included St. Moritz, Switzerland and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.  Both St. Moritz and Cortina were also candidates for the 2013 Championships.

The Vail/Beaver Creek campaign was carried out by a unique partnership that featured seven ski industry leaders, including top representation from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, Vail Resorts, Inc., and the Vail Valley Foundation, along with additional key ski leaders.

Heading this group was U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association President and CEO, Bill Marolt, along with Vail Resorts’ Co-President John Garnsey and Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz.  Additional Bid Committee members included former FIS Council member and former CEO of Marker International Hank Tauber; Harry Frampton, Chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors and past president of Vail Associates; Bjorn Erik Borgen, VVF board member and owner of Kvitfjell ski resort; Dexter Paine, Chairman of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association board of directors and George Gillett, Jr., former owner of Vail Resorts and longtime ski racing supporter.

The campaign revolved around an overarching theme of “Engaging the World” as for more than half a century, the world has come together in the Vail Valley to celebrate the sport of skiing.

The new theme was a slight adaptation of 2013’s “Engaging New Worlds”, which focused on Vail/Beaver Creek’s ongoing effort to identify and introduce new participants to skiing and snowboarding.  This proactive outreach is directly in line with the FIS’s own “Bring Children to the Snow” campaign and the Vail Valley, along with the U.S. ski industry, has been extremely progressive in the past decade in bringing new people of all ages, gender and race to snow sports.

The 2015 Bid Committee’s dedication, commitment and hard work was rewarded on June 3, 2010 in Antalya, Turkey as FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper announced to a room full of FIS Congress delegates that Vail/Beaver Creek had won the right to host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.


Chairman of the VVF Board of Directors
Past President of Vail Associates
27 years ski industry experience

Co-President Vail Resorts, Inc
40 years ski industry experience

President/CEO of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association
Former Top Alpine Racer and Olympian
50+ years ski industry experience

President of the Vail Valley Foundation
20 years ski industry/ski event organization experience

Vail Valley Foundation Board Member
Owner of Kvitfjell Ski Resort
40 years ski industry experience

Former owner of Vail Associates
Longtime ski racing supporter
25 years ski industry experience

Chairman of the USSA Board of Directors
45 years ski industry experience

Former U.S. FIS Council Member
Former CEO Marker International
50+ years ski industry experience