Local ski teams prepare for season
SUMMIT COUNTY – Team Summit and Quantum Sports Club, the county’s two premier winter racing organizations, never take a break.After the teams took several trips during the summer to snowfields at Mount Hood, Ore., and Whistler, B.C., both are putting the finishing touches on their offseason training.For both teams, this means aggressive dryland training in the gym and, in Team Summit’s case, sending more than 20 of its skiers to foreign destinations to find fresh snow.Not long after eight members with Team Summit’s alpine team returned last week from a two-week trip to Chillan, Chile, a 17-member entourage from the freestyle team left for Zermatt, Switzerland. “From South America to Switzerland, I guess you could say we’ve covered some ground,” said Amy Critz, executive director of Team Summit.
When Team Summit isn’t traveling, it is using the new Landon Sawyer Center, a full-service training facility which opened in Keystone this summer.”We’re using it every day,” Critz said. “It’s a beautiful, modern, well-equipped facility and it has been a tremendous asset.” Team Summit hopes to have its skiers on snow at Copper Mountain within the next three weeks, Critz said. For Team Summit’s snowboard team, the biggest news of the year was the announcement that the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) will be holding its national championship at Copper. “It doesn’t get any better than to have the national championships on your training hill,” Critz said.
Quantum, meanwhile, is attacking preseason training with a slightly different philosophy. “We’re not using quite as much European training, because we’re hoping that with early season snow at Copper and the Basin, we won’t have to travel as much,” longtime QSC coach John Leffler said. For the most part, Quantum has stuck to dryland training routines at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. “We’ve had conditioning sessions five days a week since school started. That’s beginning to wrap up,” Leffler said. “We hope to start skiing at Arapahoe Basin when they open on the 22nd.” The team will continue to ski mostly at the Basin until Breckenridge opens, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12.
Quantum also hopes to expand its fledgling freestyle program, also known as High Country Freeride, Leffler said. That program was created by local freestyle coach Chris Hawks after Hawks resigned from a similar position at Team Summit in January of 2003. Both clubs are currently accepting registrations for the upcoming season, and can be contacted through the following mediums: Team Summit – (970) 968-2318 ext. 40010, or email@example.com; Quantum – (970) 547-9099, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at email@example.com.
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