Colorado snow lures U.S. Ski Team Development women to Loveland

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 20, 2009 9:26 am

Normally the U.S. Ski Team trains in Europe this time of year (and most of the athletes have been, in Saas Fee, Switzerland). Yet massive amounts of Colorado snow prompted women’s U.S. Ski Team Development Coach John Hale to change course and keep the Team on home soil.  

The U.S. Ski Team Development women recently headed to Loveland, CO for a last-minute training camp. “We were all set to fly to Austria for camps in Soelden and Pitztal,” said Hale. “But when we heard the snow reports in Colorado, the plan quickly changed and I made a call to Loveland to book some training lanes.”

Of course, Loveland’s response was immediate and positive. “They said we already have you down,” said Hale, which encouraged him to take his group there even earlier. “They really bent over backwards to make some lanes available for us,” said Hale. “We did some free skiing as soon as we arrived and the snow is totally wall to wall without a rock in site. This is easily the earliest we’ve ever been on snow in Colorado.”

Though the Development Team is only scheduled to be at Loveland through Oct. 23, the U.S. Ski Team World Cup and Europa Cup Teams will be moving in and out of training at Loveland throughout the month of November. Loveland is also set to open the 2010 NorAm Cup series with four slalom races Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

For their part, Loveland is sharing the love. “We are excited to be hosting athletes from the U.S. Ski Team and are proud of our team here at Loveland for making it possible so early in the season,” said Loveland Ski Area Marketing Director John Sellers. “It is an honor that they chose to train here over other places in the world.”