As we cheer on Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics, a Colorado ski resort is being newly recognized as an official training center and will help athletes train for the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Copper Mountain was recently designated an official training center for U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes through January 2025.
Copper Mountain representatives say that the mountain has always played an important role in supporting athletes and has made extra efforts this season to accommodate training as they prepare to compete on the world’s biggest stage.
"We’re thrilled to partner with Woodward to elevate our freeski and snowboard athletes’ training," said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboard Director Jeremy Forster. "Woodward’s facilities at Copper Mountain and in Park City will provide key year-round training for our Pro and Rookie Team athletes for years to come."
Olympians like Mikaela Shiffrin and Ryan Cochran-Siegle trained on the resort’s 2-mile full-length downhill course.
The resort says that along with Superpipe and Central Park, they recently debuted two airbag training zones for elite-level halfpipe and big air athletes. The Superpipe was the first halfpipe open for training and competition in North America.
Copper will continue to support the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team through the next four years in anticipation of the 2026 Milano Cortina Winter Games.