Where the top snowboard Olympians go to train

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 15, 2009 12:21 pm


The world’s top Olympic snowboarders are getting ready for the main event in a couple short months. Where can they get the most realistic model on which to train? That would be the 22 foot halfpipe at the The Otsego Ski Club in Michigan. The best snowboarders from the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand will head to that club in Gaylord through December and January. The pipe is the largest one east of the Rockies, and very similar to the one they’ll be competing on during the Olympic games. The Otesgo Ski Club maintains the pipe perfectly at all times, and provides a seclusion for the athletes many other ski areas can’t.

Mike Biber is the owner and managing partner of Osprey S.A. Ltd (owner of the Otsego Ski Club): “We are very excited to have some of the top snowboarding talent in the world utilizing our facility for their training. For these teams to select Otsego Ski Club and come to northern Michigan for the first time ever to train, is a testament to the hard work and dedication that…the Otsego Ski Club [has] put forth in creating the facilities, snow conditions, and atmosphere needed for these world class athletes.”


photo courtesy of snocountry.com