Freestyle training center at Keystone is world-class idea
Summit County has the opportunity of becoming the site of the Landon Sawyer Freestyle Center at Keystone Resort.
Many may not know that Summit County is already one of the top freestyle training centers in the U.S. Jeremy Bloom, ranked first in the world in 2002 and now a University of Colorado football player and World Cup skier, trained with Team Breck.
Other members of Team Summit have become U.S. Ski Team members and Olympic athletes.
Many more ski with great success in the North American Championship Series, and in Rocky Mountain Freestyle events – pursuing their dreams of becoming Olympic contenders while also pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle.
The proposed center at Keystone would provide state-of-the art training facilities that would help our Team Summit athletes become even better, and attract other athletes and teams to train in Summit County.
We already have late-season, on-snow camps for athletes, due to the tremendous high altitude snows at Arapahoe Basin. The center would encourage more late-season and summer activities. These activities could only help our hotels and restaurants during the slower times of the year.
Competitive ski areas such as Park City and Steamboat Springs now provide the training facilities that we lack in Summit County. Our strong tradition in freestyle skiing is one reason Keystone won the bid to build the training center.
The center will help us retain the world-class coaches and programs we have. It will provide a unique summer venue to attract new business, and it will help us keep our kids at home.
It will also help build the reputation of Summit County as a world-class resort.
The community should seize this opportunity to stay competitive, and make the appropriate zoning change to the former Keystone Tennis Center and turn it into a multipurpose recreation and training center that will still include tennis and so much more that we need.
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