US Ski Team Trains at Copper Mountain Speed Center

Posted on at 2:18 pm by Andrea Webber

The snowmaking team at Copper Mountain Speed Center is again working around the clock to overcome the lack of snow to accommodate the opening of the US Ski Team Speed Center. Six years in, this world-class training venue has helped propel the U.S. Ski Team athletes to dominate the sport.

In 2011, Copper Mountain became an official US Ski Team downhill training venue with the opening of the US Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain. Racers can clock speeds of up to 75 mph on this course, so keep your eyes wide open or you just might miss them!

In full operation, the Copper Mountain Center with around a 3000 ft drop is the only full-length downhill training facility open anywhere in the world this time of year and so is a paramount destination for the US Ski Team.

Less than ideal snow conditions never stop the US Ski Team and teams from around the world from descending upon Copper Mountain for preseason training, even though there might not be top-to-bottom runs available.

Almost every major name in the US Ski Team makes an appearance at the Speed Center, despite injuries. Gold Medalist, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) continues a brave recovery from hip surgery, as does Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) from a broken arm and Ted Ligety (Salt Lake, UT) from back and knee injuries. The full team encompasses over fifty world-class athletes.

Visit Copper Mountain early in the morning mid-November, and you just might catch a glimpse of Lindsey Vonn in action.

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