Resource Library

Resources for crew members regarding safety, procedures, how-to's and FAQ's.
Birdhouse Tent

The Birdhouse Tent is our home after our shift on course.  The Birdhouse is in the white tent located just uphill from Race City at the bottom of Lift 6 Centennial Express.  This is also the location you need to stop by and check out.  After you check out, please stick around and enjoy the

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Check In/Out

All Talon Crew Volunteers need to Check In and Check Out daily.  This is so we know how many people we have on course each day and make sure everyone is off the mountain safely. Check In is at Spruce Saddle.  Go to the upper level and there will be tablets there for you to

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Gate Judge Training
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Lift Access

You will need to stop by VHQ on or before your first volunteer day to pick up your credential, which has your lift access on it.  You will need a lift access in order to load the lifts as Beaver Creek will be open to the public during the event. The lift attendants are required

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Load Times for Lift 6 Centennial Express

The times listed on your schedule are the times we expect you to load Lift 6.  Please, please, please!, do not load before your scheduled times.  You will need to adjust your departure time from you accommodations accordingly.  We have about a 15 minute window built in to the program in case you are slightly

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Lodging

Volunteers are requested to provide their own lodging or accommodation. Typically returning veterans group together and share a condo or lodge room or have friends in the valley.  Understand that even though Beaver Creek is open to the public, this time of year is very slow in the rental and lodge business and pricing is

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Maps

Locations of the Volunteer Parking Lot, Volunteer HQ and other Talon Crew essentials like Course Maps and on-hill Section Chief locations.

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Parking

  All BOP Volunteers will be provided free parking in the Elk Lot.  This is the lot located near the East Entrance to Beaver Creek.  If using the main Avon exit off of I-70, go the 4th roundabout, and then exit using the first right, on to Hwy. 6 frontage road and the lot entrance

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Ski Tunes & Storage

SKI TUNES: Once you get on course you will understand why a lethally sharp tune on your skis is so important.  The expectation is that you will show up on your first day with your skis course ready.  Please get your skis tuned prior to your first volunteer day. During the event, two free ski

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Social Events

We don’t believe in all work and no play and we want to make sure you have some fun while you are here. There are three parties for you as well as the daily gathering at the Birdhouse tent. Early Work Week BBQ:  As a special thanks for those who work the Fri., Sat., and

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Staying in Touch

WHEN YOU REGISTER: When you register online using the Volgistics system, we will use that email address to send you confirmations, schedules, and newsletter updates.  We will use your cell phone number if we need to reach you by phone.  We also have a good text messaging system and we strongly encourage you to opt-in

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Transportation

Beaver Creek is very accessible either by car or air.  Most people arrive by car, that way you have more flexibility once you are here. Realizing that many of our volunteers arrive from out of state, or out of country, you have two choices for airports, both excellent.  The “Vail” airport is Eagle County Region

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Uniform

Talon Crew volunteers will receive an official sponsored winter ski jacket and hat with the Birds of Prey logo as part of your 4 day minimum requirement.  There are both men’s and women’s sizing and styles.  The jackets are usually ordered in February, so in terms of sizing, what we have is what we have.

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Volunteer Headquarters
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What About the Food?

We understand that providing good nutrition and hydration is critical to keeping our crew going.  Providing food service for a couple of hundred people per day on top of a mountain is also a logistical challenge. Our Food Services Crew works diligently to provide our volunteers with plenty of good quality food and hydration. Each

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Relevant Blog Posts

Blog posts with tips, tricks & stories of the daily experiences one can expect on the Talon Crew.
Stepping in on the Steep

Having trouble getting into your skis on a steep slope? Use one ski in hand to balance with as you step into your down hill ski. Place that uphill ski at an angle with the toe going up the hill before trying to step in. Thanks to Harry Jasper, PSIA Level II, Vail Ski School; Vail National

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Beware of Cat!

Like other members of the feline family, these cats spend a lot of time grooming. They are big, dangerous, often nocturnal and sightings are rare. Up until the other day I had only heard about the cats lurking on the BOP course. While running a safety stop on Red Tail last Saturday I got to watch

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A Typical Talon Crew Work Day

The daily routines of the Talon Crew. Start by making your way to the Elk Lot (East Day Skier Lot) in Avon and park. Parking will be really tight, so please try to car pool or take public transportation if available.

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Hoses & Water and No Fire!

In a World Cup blog I referred to the Birds of Prey course as “icy.” Talon Crew volunteer chief, Brad Ghent, told me he preferred to think of it as “dense.” Good word Brad. The course has to be solid enough hold up under the pressure of skis from a lot of racers over the two

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How to Survive as a Ski Racing Volunteer

This article originally appeared in the Toronto Ski Club Alpine Journal and is reprinted here with permission of the author, Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, who volunteered for the 2014 Talon Crew. She offers great insights into race course volunteering and gives super advice for all of us out on the hill. Here at the Talon Crew blog, we’ve updated her

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Keeper of the Gate

Rode up the ski lift in the dark at 6:30 in the morning for day 3 on Talon Crew. That fresh sharp tune on my skis and 3rd time over the Brink–it’s becoming a piece of cake. Even carried a snow rake with me as I side slipped down. I didn’t mention in my previous

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The Golden Eagle Bistro

As I sit in the stands at the finish of the 2012 Audi Birds of Prey awaiting the start of the race, I look up at the hill, admiring the course. That’s when I notice a distinct line of smoke wafting across the top of the big jump. The Golden Eagle Bistro must be open!

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What’s in Your Pack?

Every Talon Crew course worker must carry a backpack on the race course during the work day. What gear should volunteers pack? Remember, you’ll be carrying your pack all day long. Take what you need, but not more! At a minimum, everyone should bring: Lunch – picked up at the morning meeting. Water – hydration is critical.

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Watering the Ski Slope

You water your lawn, your flowers and your house plants, but watering a ski slope? Contrary to popular opinion, ski racers do not race on snow. They race on ice. For the past two days, the Talon Crew course workers along with the Beaver Creek Race Department and the Ski Patrol sprayed the race course

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Nothing but Net

Downhill ski racing isn’t safe. When an athlete falls on a course as steep and as icy as the Birds of Prey, they don’t stop. Trees, rocks and steep ravines line the sides of the racecourse, all lethal hazards for a falling racer. So before the first racer ever barrels down the course, officials spend

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