Freestyle center would be an asset for Keystone, athletes in training |

Freestyle center would be an asset for Keystone, athletes in training

I am writing this letter in support of the Landon Sawyer Freestyle Training Center. As a part-time resident of Summit County, I feel the center will be a great asset to the county as it will attract athletes and their families from around the region.

Keystone has often been referred to as the “ugly step-child” of Vail Resorts. This venture will surely advance Keystone’s reputation as an innovative leader in the ski industry.

As a parent of a freestyle skier, I find the lack of training facilities to be abhorrent in Summit County. When we travel to other resorts for competitions, we see wonderful facilities provided to the ski teams.

Arapahoe Basin always bends over backwards to provide terrain and meeting areas for the team.

Copper Mountain provides a very small office area as well as lift access.

Keystone offers night training and Breckenridge has provided competition support. That’s it.

How can an industry of this size so blatantly ignore the needs of its athletes?

The Landon Sawyer Freestyle Center would help to alleviate that problem.

As an educator, it amazes me the way the public closes its eyes to the freestyle skier/rider.

Our youth and young adults are going to learn to jump higher, twist more, and flip faster. The only place skiers and riders can learn these stunts is on the hill.

Athletes need a venue where they can learn the sport with an element of safety. The Landon Center would provide a safe, disciplined and structure environment for training.

This one reason alone is sufficient cause for each of us to take whatever step is necessary to ensure the Landon Center becomes a reality.

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