This February, many of the world's best ski racers have come together in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado to compete in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The Championships are expected to bring athletes from over 70 nations, and the anticipated television viewership of the event is predicted to reach 1 billion worldwide. There will be five men’s and five women’s individual races, along with the Nation’s Team event, featuring a parallel Giant Slalom format. This event is the second-largest ever to be held in Colorado, only to be surpassed by the Democratic National Convention.
While the primary purpose of this two-week long event is to bring together highly talented and competitive athletes, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships strives to reach a more overarching goal, which is, "to leave a lasting legacy throughout the Vail Valley, the State of Colorado and the United States through the hosting of these Championships." The event website also states: "We want the benefits of this great event to live on through the dreams we have fulfilled, the lives we have touched and the inspiration we have provided long after the FIS flag is lowered at Closing Ceremonies."
In 2015, Klean Kanteen has chosen to step in and do our part to support the Championships' efforts to "leave a lasting legacy" by reducing the amount of waste that's generated by the event itself. We're excited to be offering a more sustainable way for event attendees to enjoy their aprés drinks! Paul Abling of the Vail Valley Foundation has this to say about our partnership this year:
“It’s great to have a partner like Klean Kanteen tied to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to further our Actively Green 2015 efforts as a community. Through our partnership, we are able to encourage guests to purchase a great Klean Kanteen stainless steel limited edition 2015 pint that is reusable at our concession stands in Vail Village during Sierra Nevada Winter Beer Camp and at the daily Apres Avon festival. Guests purchasing the Klean Kanteen pint will not only be helping us reduce our environmental impact, but, they will save $1 on each beer!”