Investing in On-Snow Training

One of the key components of developing Best in the World athletes is Best in the World training facilities. The USSA’s investment in on-snow training is helping set U.S. athletes apart from the rest of the world. That’s been vividly clear this month as U.S. athletes began training on U.S. snow.

The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain has provided athletes with full-length speed training before any other ski resort in the world. Now in its third year, the results have been stunning. Ted Ligety’s three gold medals at World Championships emanated from his hard work at the Speed Center. Every woman on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team’s speed squad ended up on a World Cup podium, bringing themselves one step closer to their Olympic dreams.

This year, early season on-snow training is more important than ever as our athletes fight for Olympic spots. The Utah Olympic Park was first in the world to open, enabling ski jumping and nordic combined athletes to get in valuable training time here at home. Moguls and aerials athletes will also be starting their on-snow training there in the next week. Snowboardcross athletes have had the opportunity to train at Gorgoza Park, run by Park City Mountain Resort. U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing athletes have taken advantage of the early season training at Mammoth Mountain. Colorado resorts including Vail, Loveland, Steamboat Springs and the Front Range Ski Area have stepped up their efforts, ensuring a variety of challenging training options for athletes. Moguls skiers are heading to Colorado’s Wolf Creek. This investment into on-snow training will not only pay dividends in Sochi, but it will also continue to benefit athletes for years to come.

What really encourages me is the opportunity it provides our clubs. By creating so many opportunities for success on American snow, we’re introducing an entirely new generation to the sports we love. We’re also opening the facilities today that will continue to help those children once they’ve advanced in their athletic careers.

Through these key relationships with our resort and venue partners, these groundbreaking endeavors are creating Olympic dreams.


Bill Marolt
President and CEO
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association