U.S. SKI TEAM TO OPEN SPEED CENTER AT COPPER MOUNTAIN RESORT
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO…July 20, 2011…Copper Mountain Resort and The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today a long-term partnership to create the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper, an exclusive on-snow alpine ski racing venue designed to provide full-length downhill training by early November each season, beginning this fall.
The annual project will be managed by the U.S. Ski Team in conjunction with Copper, from Nov. 1 - Dec. 10 each winter. The infrastructure development involves a new automated snowmaking system and all the safety, communications and timing equipment necessary to create the only full-length downhill training available worldwide during this time of year.
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper will be open to both Audi FIS Alpine World Cup athletes like Olympic champions Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), but will also serve as a facility for USSA clubs and regional programs.
"The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper will be a game changer for U.S. athletes," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "It will provide unparalleled training for our elite athletes prior to the World Cup season and play an integral role in our strategic development plan for the next generation."
Located in the Super Bee area of East Village, which includes Rosi’s Run, Andy’s Encore and Oh No, the steep, north facing slopes, high base elevation and early season temperatures will provide a much needed continuation from summer training in Chile and New Zealand.
"This is a very exciting project for Copper. The natural attributes of the Super Bee area, combined with an internal Copper team that has experience with race training and a proven track record on snowmaking, were very appealing to the U.S. Ski Team," said Gary Rodgers, President of Copper Mountain Resort. "This long-term relationship will further enhance Copper’s role in early season race training."
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper adds to the existing commitment from Copper Mountain, and its parent company Powdr Corp., to build innovative training and competition venues. In 2009, the resort opened Woodward at Copper, a snowboard and ski training facility dedicated to park and pipe progression. Woodward at Copper has already been utilized by U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing athletes as they build towards the debut of slopestyle and skiing halfpipe at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Copper has also been a long standing host of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix and will be a halfpipe host for the series through the 2014 Olympic year.
"Copper Mountain is a cornerstone in the long-term plan for preparing our elite teams for the World Cup season and in providing top-level training for our development pipeline," said USSA Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. "The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper will give us an advantage in providing the early-season training volume that we've struggled to achieve prior to the opening of the World Cup season."
David Roth, Copper PR
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