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Colorado: Ski racers start training at Copper Mountain

Upper Mountain hosting local teams; full-length speed training center slated to open Oct. 31, weather permitting

Ski team luminaries and resort execs prepare for the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Training Center at Copper Mountain in November, 2011.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — After an intense early season snowmaking session, Copper is already hosting race training on the upper mountain, while U.S. Ski Team racers are looking forward to the scheduled Oct. 31 opening of the speed training center on terrain served by the Super Bee chair.

The training venue, which opened last year, has been touted as a game-changer for the U.S. team, enabling racers to make full-length training runs before key early season World Cup races at Vail and Aspen. The speed center opening is weather dependent.

To help get skiers psyched for the season, Copper is holding an online lottery that will enable a handful of passholders to win VIP access to the speed center, along with a chance to ski or ride with ski team racers like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso. Continue reading

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U.S. Ski Team trains for speed at Copper Mountain

Olympic champion Picabo Street signs autographs for fans after helping cut the ribbon at the new U.S. Ski Team speed training center at Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Top racers help break in new speed center on Copper’s expert terrain off the Super Bee chair

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Ski Team, already a dominant force in World Cup speed events, could get even better in coming seasons, with an opportunity to practice on Copper Mountain’s new full-length speed- training course.

Resort and ski team officials, along with racers, gathered Tuesday at the Summit County ski area to cut the ribbon for the speed center near the base of the Super Bee chair, where team members will practice on outstanding snow conditions through Dec, 10, before the terrain is opened to the public. Continue reading

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