Copper Mountain, CO… November 7, 2006… Healthy quantities of early snowfall made opening weekend at Copper Mountain one for the record books and continues to create ideal conditions for early season race training. Each winter, top ski and snowboard race teams look for suitable locations to ready themselves for the coming competitive season and Copper is consistently chosen as that place. This season, Copper will host teams from around the world including the U.S. Men’s and Women’s teams, New Zealand, Austrian, German, and Italian national teams, Professional Ski Instructors of America, American Association of Snowboard Instructors and junior teams from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Each morning, athletes brave the a.m. chill and make their way up the American Eagle and Excelerator Chairlifts to Copperopolis where runs are transformed into race courses. Coaches set out armed with the familiar tools of the trade – yellow cordless drills with huge bits and armfuls of blue and red gates. Athletes can then get to work honing their technique on runs dedicated exclusively to race training.
“We’re excited to host many of the best racers in the world. It’s great to see the energy these teams bring to their disciplines and it really builds the momentum for the start of the new season,” comments Jeff White, Copper’s Race Department Manager
Throughout the month of November, racers train in the alpine skiing disciplines of Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, and Combined and the Snowboard discipline of Parallel Giant Slalom.