Within a week, Copper Mountain will unveil the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center featuring the only full length downhill training ski run in the world this early in the season. Bill Marlot, the U.S. Ski Team CEO calls the long term deal a “game changer” for his racers.
While European downhillers will have to scramble for training slopes that cannot duplicate World Cup downhill conditions, the U.S. team will be in full downhill training mode on a slope nearly 2 miles long with a 2300 foot vertical drop.
“It will provide unparalleled training for our athletes prior to the World Cup season,” Marlot said “and play an integral role in our strategic development plan for the next generation.”
The race course will have 20,000 feet of safety netting. Construction includes 12,000 feet of power cables, 16,000 feet of commumication cables and 87 new snow guns.
A U.S. Ski Team Speed Center will be created at Copper Mountain Resort under a long term partnership between the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Copper Mountain.
The center will be designed to provide the only full length downhill training available anywhere in the world from November 1 – December 10 on an annual basis and will provide a continuation from summer training in Chile and New Zealand.
Copper Mountain is replacing the High Point Express chairlift this summer with a new Dopplemayr high speed quad chairlift. The new lift is meant to improve circulation in the Union Creek area not only for beginners but for those making park laps at the Catalyst Terrain Park.
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