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Family favors Landon Sawyer facility at proposed Keystone location

Annie and Mark Black, Keystone

We are writing you to express our ardent support of the new freestyle training facility at Keystone. We are writing from the perspective of Keystone homeowners, Keystone employees and parents of three young sons who would use this training center.

From every perspective, we are in favor of the Landon Sawyer Freestyle Training Center.

We believe the center is a breath of fresh air and fantastic idea. We’ve needed a state-of-the-art fitness center for many years and think that it’s great that the new center will include specialized freestyle training equipment as well.

It’s handy that the old tennis center is available and it is certainly in need of a facelift.

As our sons’ snowboarding skills and competition increase, their tricks in the halfpipe and terrain park become more and more difficult.

It is paramount that our boys as well as other competitors practice these difficult maneuvers in a safe environment, such as Keystone’s new training facility, before attempting them on the hard, unforgiving snow.

Our oldest son, Jake, suffered a serious concussion prior to his indoor training and we believe he and others would avoid head injuries with the use of the new training facility.

Our sons have visited similar facilities in Eagle and Colorado Springs for training with their snowboard team.

Either mom drove them in our family van or they arrived via the team van. Either way, there was a cost to use the facility, and coaches from the particular center as well as our team coaches chaperoned the children as they used the facility. They were intense training sessions and the boys benefited greatly. It was not a loud, uncontrolled atmosphere but instead an ideal learning environment where the children had fun, encouraged each other and came away feeling accomplished.

Actually, I thought it was such a supportive learning environment that I paid and attended two training sessions, two years ago. I learned a ton about body awareness in the air and how to do somersaults correctly.

It was lots of fun and just challenging enough that I felt comfortable and safe.

There was little time to spare as we wanted to get every minute out of our training sessions, so there was no loitering around.

We were focused and thoroughly enjoyed the progressions to learning that the facility’s coaches had organized.

The gymnastics equipment, foam pits and different types and sizes of trampolines allowed for a smooth transition, for each baby step; that eventually had all of us flipping with snowboards on our feet!

Like the boys, I benefited immensely from the opportunity and appreciated learning how to flip safely – although I still have not attempted to flip on the snow.

This same type of positive learning environment is what the training center would be like. We are excited that the training center will be outside our back door.

It will draw people from all over the world to come to Keystone. It will improve the status of our resort and bring more families to Keystone. It will be a dream come true for our sons and many other Colorado athletes.


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