With world-class ski and snowboard venues right here in Summit County, athletes from around the world continue to descend on Copper to compete and train and we’re ready to support them in every way that we can.
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center has gained world attention and it shows. The venue, which spans over 2 miles across the trails Andy’s Encore, Oh No and Rosi’s Run on Copper’s east side, has hosted over 80 ski teams from around the world. The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center is the result of a partnership formed between USSA, or the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, and Copper Mountain during the summer of 2011. The goal of the partnership was to create an exclusive on-snow alpine ski racing venue that offers the only full-length downhill training venue in the world during the fall. In some of its most recent seasons, the Speed Center has boosted U.S. athletes to 14 World Cup titles, eight World Championship medals and five athletes to the Olympic medal stand in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. With these impressive results, the Speed Center can be credited for giving the U.S. athletes a game changing advantage. We expect to see much of the same at the 2018 Games in Pyoengchang.
The U.S. Grand Prix is another facet of the USSA and Copper Mountain partnership. Copper Mountain has a long history of hosting the U.S. Grand Prix series and it has recently been elevated to the FIS World Cup level. This launched the Grand Prix onto the world stage allowing for the competition to serve as an Olympic qualifier. World-class freeski and snowboard athletes come together to battle for the best spots in the world and qualification points to make it to the Winter Olympics.
Another long standing partnership Copper Mountain holds is with USASA, or the United States of America Snowboard Association. USASA has hosted their National Championships at Copper every spring for the past 17 years, continuing to be the largest snowboard and freeskiing event that welcomes top amateur athletes from around the nation. USASA holds several competitions at various resorts around the country all season long in events such as halfpipe, slopestyle and boarder and ski cross. Competitors battle for qualification points that lead up to the chance to compete at the national competition at Copper. USASA has a long standing history of producing world-class athletes from the grassroots level.
Copper Mountain is proud to hold these partnerships and host athletes from around the world. There's a good chance you’ll run into a future Olympian during your trip to Copper Mountain.