Vail to host Alpine Team announcement Nov. 15
The U.S. Ski Team including Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso will help kick off a historic 50th anniversary season at Vail when the 2013 U.S. Alpine Ski Team is introduced during Nature Valley First Tracks on Nov. 15.
Following the 5 p.m. live program, members of the newly named team will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. Now in its third winter at Vail, Nature Valley First Tracks is just the start to a full weekend of activity that continues Nov. 16 with opening day and the dedication of a new gondola.
"It's always fun for me to meet people who are as passionate about skiing as I am. The U.S. Ski Team naming in Vail is a blast and the community really comes out to support us," said Vonn.
The family event begins at 4:30 p.m. with hot cocoa, cookies and live music in Arrabelle Square at Lionshead. Following the 5 p.m. live program, fans can meet the U.S. Ski Team and get autographs from the athletes.
"We’re honored to host the U.S. Ski Team announcement event for the third consecutive year and kick off on the eve of opening day of Vail’s 50th anniversary season," Chris Jarnot, Vail Mountain senior vice president and chief operating officer. "Having the country’s top alpine ski racing athletes in Vail for early-season training is tremendously inspiring for our community and a clear sign that the winter ski and snowboard season is upon us."
Photos: Vail Resorts/Tom Green