Ramps & Tramps = Summer Training for U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Athletes

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on May 26, 2009 6:24 pm

Ramps and tramps.  It sounds derogatory, but no, it’s just catchy.  Tramps in this case is short for trampolines.  The new Center of Excellence in Park City has a ramps and tramps area to train their summer skills for winter success. 

The area features a kicker into the foam pit, a ski cross start gate, and two Olympic regulation trampolines.  The comedy of springing off a trampoline and through the roof drywall would make for a fantastically comedic viral video, but that’s not the point of the Center of Excellence. Thus the starting point in the design of the building was centered around, first and foremost, the heighth of our best freestylers springing off the tramp.

“There are also trampolines at the sports park, but it can get windy being outdoors. But now we have the best trampolines in the world, which were handmade in Toronto,” U.S. Aerials Head Coach Matt Christensen said. “We’re stoked. We’ve been bouncing at the Center of Excellence every day. This is awesome not only for our top athletes, but for the athletes coming up. They’re learning their skills in a more efficient way on the tramp.”

The ramps and tramps area was finished this past March and has been a huge success among athletes.  “What we have is a unique facility that is completely tailored to meet our athletes’ needs,” U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Coach Ricky Bower said. “I think it’s going to really help progress basic skills for our riders for the future. No other countries have anything like what we have.”

photo by Scott Sine (celebs in pic: Lindsey Vonn in pink, Rusty Gregory, CEO Mammoth, arms folded)

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