Men's World Cup Ski Racing returns to the Vail Valley this week.  Taking place on the legendary Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, it promises to include lots of spills and thrills in disciplines including the men's Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom and Super Combined.  Crowds can cheer on some of the best skiers in the world including Bode Miller, Aksel Svindal, Didier Cuche, Ted Ligety and Steve Nyman.  You'll definitely want to spend time in the Finish Stadium where all of the race day action happens and where you can see live music, "halftime" entertainment, drink in the beer garden and enjoy delicious food.  Other Birds of Prey events this week include:

Thursday, 12.3  5-7pmAthlete Bib Presentation & Celebration
  Thursday Night Lights Ski Down World Cup Style
  US Air Force Drum & Bugle Corp
  Free Cookies, Hot Cocoa & Ice Skating
  Fireworks & autographs from US Ski Team members
Friday, 12.411amMen's Super Combined - DH Run 1
 2:30pmMen's Super Combined - SL Run 2
 6pmBlack Diamond Ball (tickets required)
Saturday, 12.511amMen's Downhill
Sunday, 12.69:45amMen's GS Race - Run 1
 12:45pmMen's GS Race - Run 2

Public festivities take place at Birds Nest in the Finish Stadium from 10am - 4:30pm Friday through Saturday and from 9am - 2:30pm on Sunday.  Happy race viewing!